The return of Connick, Urban, Lopez and Seacrest will bring some stability to the long-running reality competition series, which has seen its ratings tumble amid a number of judging panel overhauls in recent years. For its 12th season, "American Idol" replaced Lopez, Randy Jackson and
Producers made a big deal of rejiggering "American Idol" for its 13th incarnation, bringing Lopez back to the fold and hiring nice guy Harry Connick Jr. as a judge. The kinder and gentler retooling may have won "American Idol" some praise from the critics, but it didn't stop the show from hitting an all-time ratings low this season, with just 10.2 million viewers tuning in for the finale on May 21.
"American Idol" producers seem to be betting that it's safer to stick with a formula that kinda-sorta works rather than subjecting the program to yet another drastic face-lift, and it's not hard to understand why: As indicated by the soft premiere of ABC's "Rising Star" on Sunday, the demise of "The X Factor" this year and the already-dwindling numbers for NBC's