LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — ABC’s revived singing competition “American Idol” is set to return to television for its second season later this year.
The former Fox show, which was revived by ABC finished its first as Sunday’s No. 1 entertainment broadcast series on each of its 8 telecasts this season in Live + Same Day Adults 18-49. The series, on average, ranked No. 1 in its 2-hour slot with Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, across all key female demographics (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54), and with teens 12-17.
The show’s ratings doubled ABC’s footprint in the time slot, with total viewers increasing by (+158%) and Adults 18-49 (+110%), producing the Net’s best results in the 2-hour slot in 4 years among viewers and in 3 years among young adults – since the comparable weeks of 2014 and 2015, respectively.
The show features music industry figures as judges, including Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie. Producer and veteran host Ryan Seacrest will also return as the host of the music competition.
“We knew that ‘American Idol’ on ABC would unleash an opportunity for singers from all walks of life to realize their dreams and that these incredible contestants would have America rooting for their success,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “I am thrilled that Katy, Luke, Lionel, and Ryan will be back to once again embark on this Idol journey with us to discover the next crop of inspiring talent.”
“Idol” originally debuted on the Fox Network, which was its home for 15 seasons before going off the air in early 2016 in the face of declining ratings. ABC debuted 16th season of the revived show in March.