If you have dreams of heading to Hollywood through ABC’s “American Idol,” but didn’t make it through the season one auditions, you will have another chance next year. ABC confirmed that “American Idol” will return for a second season during the 2018-2019 season.
Just like in season one, the fan favorite will set out once again on a nationwide search to discover the next singing sensation. Returning to help find the superstars of tomorrow are all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy-winning producer Ryan Seacrest will also return to helm the music competition series as host.
In its first season on ABC, “American Idol” finished as Sunday’s top entertainment broadcast series on each of its 8 telecasts this season in Live + Same Day Adults 18-49. In fact, on average, the series ranks number-one in its 2-hour slot with Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, across all key Women and Teens demos. Season to date, including delayed viewing, “American Idol-SUN” draws an average audience of 9.3 million viewers, and the unscripted series has dominated the social landscape as the most social prime-time reality series of the year to date.
“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.”
“’American Idol’’s return on ABC has shown once again that viewers love to discover and support raw talent,” said Trish Kinane, president of Entertainment Programming, FremantleMedia North America, executive producer and showrunner of “American Idol.” “Our new judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie have brought huge credibility, energy and fun to the show this year, and we are so excited to continue the journey with Ryan Seacrest at the helm in the search for the next superstar.”
Dennis Miller, executive chairman of CORE Media Group, added, “Our team is incredibly proud of the success we have had with ‘American Idol’ on ABC, and we are excited to search for more talent nationwide with a second season. We look forward to furthering our relationship with the network, our partners at FremantleMedia, Luke, Katy, Lionel, Ryan, and all those who audition to become the next American Idol as we continue to entertain fans with incredible performances week after week!”