ABC Resurrects ‘American Idol’

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

ABC is bringing “American Idol” back to television for the 2017-2018 season, the network announced Tuesday.

The announcement was short on details, and it’s not known who will judge the contestants, who will host, or where it will be filmed. (RELATED: ‘American Idol’ Ending After 15 Seasons)

Season 12 finalists and dancers perform at opening of show during the finale May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Season 12 finalists and dancers perform at opening of show during the finale May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

“American Idol” first launched in June 2002 on Fox. After 15 seasons, its final show aired last April on Fox. At its height the singing competition would bring in 30 million viewers a night. (RELATED: Ryan Seacrest Is The Only Person Who Hasn’t Abandoned ‘American Idol’)

For a long time, it was the only show like it on the air, and it was responsible for launching the singing careers of artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.

Two years ago Fox announced plans to take it off the air amid low ratings and its struggle to gain and audience with so many other talent competitions like “The Voice” on the air. Even still, in its final season it averaged 11 million viewers a night.

Katie Jerkovich

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