After 15 seasons, it’s time for viewers to say goodbye to American Idol.
American Idol, one of the most popular and groundbreaking reality shows in television history, will end after 15 seasons.
The announcement was made by Fox on May 11 during their preview for the network’s 2015 fall lineup. The cancellation marks the end of a series that broke records in viewership and catapulted the development of other singing competitions, including The Voice and The X-Factor.
The show also helped to launch the careers of now-superstars Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson. After the show’s debut in 2002, judge Simon Cowell became an iconic cultural figure who helped cultivate the show into a well-respected brand. In recent years, viewership numbers have dwindled as competition from other reality shows has become more fierce.