Music luminaries Luke Bryan, Katy Perry & Lionel Richie to return as judges, Ryan Seacrest to return as host
The journey continues as America's beloved singing competition series "American Idol" is set to return for its second season on The ABC Television Network for the 2018-19 season. Following the historic revival of the beloved series on ABC, the fan favorite will set out once again on a nationwide search to discover the next singing sensation.
Returning to help find the cream of the crop are music industry legends and 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" has finished as Sunday's No. 1 entertainment broadcast series on each of its eight telecasts this season in live + same day adults 18-49. In fact, on average, the series ranks No. 1 in its two-hour slot with adults 18-49, adults 18-34, across all key women (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54) and teens 12-17. "American Idol" is more than doubling ABC's Sunday 8-10 p.m. time-period results year-to-year in total viewers (up 158 percent) and adults 18-49 (110 percent), producing the net's best results in the two-hour slot in four years among viewers and in three years among young adults - since the comparable weeks of 2014 and 2015, respectively. Season to date, including delayed viewing, "American Idol" Sunday draws an average audience of 9.3 million viewers with a 2.1/8 among adults 18-49. Additionally, the broad-appealing unscripted series has dominated the social landscape as the most social prime-time reality series of the year to date. (Source: Social Content Ratings. Ranked by total program-level interactions. Facebook organic metrics no longer included as of April 6).
"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!"
"American Idol's" top seven take the stage on ABC this Sunday, May 6, live at 8 p.m.
The official "American Idol
" app is available on iOS
devices. Using the app, fans can vote for their favorite contestants, as well as on AmericanIdol.com/vote
or via text. Fans can also use the app to "IDOLize" their selfies with "American Idol" filters and stickers, and track what's trending with judges, contestants and fans.