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5/9/2013 (11 months ago)

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Producers felt they were losing their core audiences

In a massive shakeup, all four "American Idol" judges -- pop icon Mariah Carey, rapper Nicki Minaj, country star Keith Urban and original judge Randy Jackson won't be returning next season. Even longtime producer Nigel Lythgoe is expected to hit the ground running. The Fox Network isn't even considering bringing former judge Jennifer Lopez back as "the secret sauce" for next season.

'American Idol's' format will also change. Its look will be redesigned and the dated tribute nights will be no more. The show's trademark audition episodes will continue.

"American Idol's" format will also change. Its look will be redesigned and the dated tribute nights will be no more. The show's trademark audition episodes will continue.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/9/2013 (11 months ago)

Published in TV

Keywords: American Idol, Fox Network, judges, salaries, ratings


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - "All four are gone. They feel they've lost their core audience and they want it back," one insider said.

Needing to attract younger viewers, Fox is set to make major on-air changes to "Idol," which includes a new judging panel. In what is seen as a euphemism for "your services are no longer desired," all four judges have options to return for another season, but Fox won't be picking them up. "No more big checks for divas." An insider has been quoted as saying.

Judges on the show rake in the big bucks. Carey's reported salary is $18 million, Minaj's salary is $12 million and former judge Jennifer Lopez's was $15 million.

"American Idol's" format will also change. Its look will be redesigned and the dated tribute nights will be no more. The show's trademark audition episodes will continue.

The "Idol" massacre has everything to do with the talent competition's declining viewership. Its ratings are already down 22 percent this season and it hit a series low for ratings last Thursday, when it attracted only 11 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/7 share in the ad-coveted 18-49 demographic. The ratings slide is especially problematic during May Sweeps, where ratings numbers are used to dictate advertising rates.

Viewing popularity for "Idol" has been in decline for several seasons now. At its height during Season 6, "Idol" attracted about 30 million viewers an episode.

Fox is reluctant to cancel the show. "Idol" is still a huge revenue generator for Fox, bringing in $836.4 million in ad revenue last year, according to Kantar Media.

Plus - Fox has nothing to replace it with! Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" is far from being "Idol's" heir apparent after failing to meet ratings expectations over its first two seasons.

"Idol's" problems are compounded by the success of NBC's "The Voice." Currently airing its fourth season, the show recently crossed a milestone when it beat "Idol" in both total viewers and the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. Additionally, "The Voice" took "Idol's" spot in the Emmy race last year, replacing it among the nominees in the Outstanding Reality Competition category.

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