But there was one returning hit that received almost no mention in the 75-minute presentation:
Once the crown jewel of Fox's lineup and the highest-rated show in all of television, drawing as many as 30 million viewers a week, the aging singing competition has fallen on hard times in recent seasons. The average viewer of the show continues to age upward — a no-no for the young-skewing Fox — while its overall audience has declined precipitously, reaching a low of just 7 million viewers for an episode last week.
In its just-unveiled 2014-15 schedule, Fox is dramatically scaling back on the fading reality franchise, which was just renewed for a 14th season. Once taking up more than 50 hours of programming over the course of a season, "American Idol" will be reduced to about 37 hours next year. Gone completely is
In a conference call Monday, Reilly conceded that " 'Idol' is not going to come back as the ratings champion it once was" and said the show is also likely to be consolidated into a single two-hour broadcast for most of its run.
Still, "American Idol's" overall numbers are nothing to sniff at, which is why few people were surprised when it was renewed.
But Fox's neglect of the fading but still popular series stands in stark contrast to