“Jumped the Shark” , or “Not as good as it used to be” ; these are terms almost everyone has used at some point to describe a television show that once was hot but over time became lukewarm or just plain cold. There are plenty of shows on television that that fit this description, but none more than the Fox reality competition American Idol. Here are three reasons why season 13 needs to be American Idol’s last:
1. Declining Ratings
For nearly 8 consecutive seasons, American Idol was a ratings juggernaut. Each season saw the show dominate in its time slot week after week, however there has been a steady decline in viewership over the course of the past five seasons. In season 13 the show has received some of the lowest ratings in its entire run. “According to Naughty but Nice Rob, Last week’s show pulled in just 7.72 million viewers and a key demo rating of just 1.8, making it third in its time slot.” These numbers cannot justify continuing to produce a show with such a high production cost.
2. The Judges
After the departure of original hosts Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, the show has had a revolving door of judges that has included the likes of: Ellen Degeneres, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler. Replacing judges from season to season has managed to take the focus off the main premise of the show; finding America’s next pop star. These replacement judges have also helped to add to the show’s decline in rating since none have been able to duplicate the magic of the show’s original judging panel: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson.
No Longer a Star Maker
Let’s be completely honest; American Idol really has not produced a mega star since season four’s Carrie Underwood. Winners from season’s 9 to 12 saw dismal record sales. “According to Starpulse.com Season 12 winner Candace Glover’s debut album, Music Speaks sold only 19,000 copies in its debut.” Glover, like Lee Dewyze and Phil Phillips before her has continued a trend of talented winners who become afterthoughts once their CDs are released. With stars being discovered on social media sites like YouTube, American Idol hardly seems relevant anymore.
American Idol has had a good run, but all things must end. This should be its final season.