Fox Network Has American Idol Final Season on Fast Track

Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban


The Fox Network is ending the 15 season run of American Idol, and they seem to be in a rush to get the show off the air, since the last show will be April 7. The season finale was on May 13 for Season 14, so Fox is ending the show a month earlier than usual this season. Apparently, Fox wants to get rid of American Idol in time, to push new shows for the May sweeps.

There will be no judge’s save this season, which had delayed the completion of the season in the past.

The current judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. have the best chemistry to me at least, of any previous judging panel. They definitely are better than the Season 12 judging panel, when Mariah Carey and Nick Minaj clashed and trashed each other.

Ellen DeGeneres Worst Idol Judge

Still not sure what American Idol was thinking when Ellen DeGeneres was a judge in Season 9 and Season 10. DeGeneres had to be the most unqualified judge in the history of American Idol. A comedienne judging singers was not a good idea.

I started watching American Idol during Season 2, and I have been hooked ever since. I tried to watch The Voice, but usually only watched till the chairs spinning around episodes ended. I like the way American Idol features their finalists every week, while The Voice finalists were seen more sporadically.

10.96 million viewers watched the first show this season, but the last episode drew only 8.19 million viewers, which has been the season low so far.

30 Million Less Viewers From Season 2 to Season 14 Finale

Season 2 drew a record 38.06 million viewers for the finale. Season 14 only had 8.03 million for the finale.

The Voice attracted 12.69 million viewers for the Season 9 finale.

However, the difference maker for me is that American Idol winners have been more successful, than The Voice winners. Those who never watched The Voice probably have  never heard of any of the nine winners.

American Idol on other hand has Grammy winners and Oscar winners among their winners.

Clarkson, Underwood Most Successful Idol Winners

Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have been the most successful American Idol winners, but Chris Daughtry, who didn’t win has sold many millions of albums, since he left the show.

Meanwhile, Cassadee Pope maybe the most recognizable winner of The Voice has not sold that many albums. Her album Frame by Frame sold about 181,000 albums and it is listed 15,865th in music sales at Amazon.

I would like to see a winner from The Voice become a mega star like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, but it hasn’t happened yet that I know of.

After all, the goal of these shows is to help singers break into the music business in a big way, but The Voice has lagged behind American Idol in this department.

Scotty McCreery Most Successful Idol Winner in Last 5 Seasons

Scotty McCreery the Season 10 winner has made a big impact on country music, and his debut album Clear As Day was the first debut album, by an American Idol winner, to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, since Ruben Studdard had reached #1 in 2003.

The final curtain will come down on American Idol in 45 days, and it will be a sad day for longtime American Idol fans. It will be an even sadder day for aspiring singers, since there will be one less musical competition show, for them to get that big break, that might jumpstart their career.

American Idol RIP…..It ended way too soon.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

2 thoughts on “Fox Network Has American Idol Final Season on Fast Track”

  1. I watched one season while I was in college, but haven’t paid any attention since. A friend who is a big fan recently told me this was the final season, and I was so surprised. Even though I don’t watch it, it’s just a regular thing, you hear people talk about it, and it’s such a staple of entertainment and television, it seems strange it won’t be around anymore. My friend is very sad it’s coming to an end, as are most fans, I’m sure.

    1. I have been following American Idol since Season 2 started. Fox seems to be in a rush to get the show off the air. Hard to believe they still have 8 contestants still in the running, and yet the show will be over in less than a month. The show used to end in the second or third week of May, but this year it ends on April 7.

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