The singing competition will be back next season.
May 9, 2017
That didn't take long. Just over one year since Fox aired the final episode of American Idol, ABC has struck a new deal to revive the series as part of its prime time lineup in the 2017-2018 season. Rumors had been swirling for weeks that ABC and Fox were involved in a bidding war to bring the once-dominant singing competition back to the air.
American Idol originally premiered back in 2002, where it quickly gained popularity and eventually became a flagship series for Fox, dominating in the ratings for a good number of its years on the air. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the series re-invigorated the popularity of prime time talent competitions, resulting in countless attempts by other networks to duplicate its success. While most failed to make a similar impact, others - notably NBC's The Voice - continue to draw strong ratings to this day.
A statement released by the network promises a "bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol," adding "ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams."
A host and judging panel have yet to be announced for Idol's revival, though there has been talk that Seacrest could make a return to the show that helped make him a household name.