‘American Idol’ renewed for second season at ABC

ABC has renewed “American Idol” for another season, the network announced on Friday.

Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, as well as host Ryan Seacrest are all set to return for the show’s second season on ABC next year, its 17th overall.

Since returning in March, the singing competition has performed decently well for ABC, averaging a respectable 9.3 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with its Sunday telecast. That’s a far cry from the show’s viewership peak during its original run on Fox, but good enough to secure its spot as the top new unscripted show on broadcast this season.

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AMERICAN IDOL - ABC's 'American Idol' judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. (Eric Liebowitz/ABC via Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL - American Idol, the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, will return to airwaves on SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), at its new home on The ABC Television Network. (Eric Liebowitz/ABC via Getty Images) LIONEL RICHIE, KATY PERRY, LUKE BRYAN
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan leave ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on October 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
AMERICAN IDOL - '101 (Auditions)' - The gold standard of all music competition series, American Idol, will make its highly anticipated return to television as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie set out on a journey across the nation to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic, as it premieres its first season at its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (Eric Liebowitz via Getty Images) LIONEL RICHIE, KATY PERRY, LUKE BRYAN
AMERICAN IDOL - '101 (Auditions)' - The gold standard of all music competition series, American Idol, will make its highly anticipated return to television as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie set out on a journey across the nation to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic, as it premieres its first season at its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (Eric Liebowitz via Getty Images) RYAN SEACREST, LIONEL RICHIE, KATY PERRY, LUKE BRYAN
AMERICAN IDOL - '101 (Auditions)' - The gold standard of all music competition series, American Idol, will make its highly anticipated return to television as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie set out on a journey across the nation to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic, as it premieres its first season at its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (Eric Liebowitz via Getty Images) LUKE BRYAN, KATY PERRY, LIONEL RICHIE
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 08: (L-R, Back Row) Showrunner/executive producer Trish Kinane, co-executive producer Megan Michaels Wolflick (l-r, front row) host Ryan Seacrest, judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie of the television show American Idol speak onstage during the ABC Television/Disney portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 8, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
(L-R) Singers/Songwriters Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie attend the Disney ABC Television TCA Winter Press Tour on January 8, 2018, in Pasadena, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Singers/Songwriters Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie attend the Disney ABC Television TCA Winter Press Tour on January 8, 2018, in Pasadena, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
TCA WINTER PRESS TOUR 2018 - 'American Idol' Happy Hour - The cast and executive producers of 'American Idol' addressed the press at Disney | ABC Television Group's Winter Press Tour 2018. (Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images) LUKE BRYAN, KATY PERRY, LIONEL RICHIE
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“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,”ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement. “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” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers are showrunner Trish Kinane, Fremantle’s Jennifer Mullin and Phil McIntyre of CORE Media.

“‘American Idol”s return on ABC has shown once again that viewers love to discover and support
raw talent,” said Kinane, president of Entertainment Programming at FremantleMedia. “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!”

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