American Idol went off air in April 2016 and since then has recently been renewed by FOX for a 2017-2018 season. Since its debut in 2002, American Idol has captivated viewers by showcasing elaborate unknown talents and leading them to a life of fame. However, “over its last few seasons — as it cycled through judges, and as rival shows like “The Voice” slowed its momentum — the show’s audience collapsed” as noted in a NY Times Article.
The deterioration of the shows loyal audience is not surprising given the numerous other talent centered shows that appeared on other networks toward the end of the series life. Also, the other talent centered shows had a more exciting structured show that intrigued audiences in ways American Idol never could, such as the set up on The Voice where the judges choose performers without ever seeing their appearance.
I argue that American Idol’s revival on FOX was influenced by the success of other reboots. Most notably, the Netflix reboot of Full House, titled Fuller House, comes to mind when I think of a successful reboot show. However, Fuller House is a successful reboot because of its audience. Full House maintained a large and loyal audience the entire time it was on air, and that same audience continued to watch the reboot Fuller House once it was released.
American Idol has not had the same history. I argue this difference in audience following will cause the American Idol reboot to be as unsuccessful as the show was in its last seasons. American Idol lost its audience long before it went off the air and if the show is maintaining the same structure for the show, viewers will not continue to watch anything but the first episode.
Bringing in new judges and hosts may help, but this will not be able to captivate and sustain a large enough audience to keep American Idol on the air longer than one season. Lastly, since the show has only been off air for one year, it hasn’t allowed a substantial amount of time for audiences to miss the presence of the show. Putting the show back on air after such a short time will not allow it to gain an audience large enough to make it profitable to FOX producers.