After losing ground all season, American Idol failed to end on an up note with last night's finale. Up against some tough competition, Fox's former juggernaut finished with 14.3 million viewers, versus CBS' Big Bang Theory, which drew 14.4 million for its season finale. This marks the first time an Idol finale has failed to crack the 20 million mark, underscoring the show's declining ratings, which have been the key talking point around Idol all season.
So how will producers be addressing this ratings decline? That's currently unclear. After a story emerged that all four judges would be dumped, along with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe
, Randy Jackson
announced he was leaving, but no other judge's departure has been confirmed. Still, the rumor is the show will undergo a major overhaul next season, including an update to its song selections to keep them more contemporary and relevant to the contestants.
Those old songs became particularly bothersome when, for instance, Candice Glover
revealed she'd never heard any version of "One," and Amber Holcomb
made it clear she'd never considered that "My Funny Valentine" is a lovesong you'd sing to an ugly person.
The judges panel could go either way. One rumor has producers casting around for Justin Bieber
and Selena Gomez
, but there's also some thought the show could go back to its roots by choosing lesser known judges to keep Idol
focused on the contestants.(Photo by Fox)