'American Idol' to end after next season

Mon May 11, 2015 12:35pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The 15th season of "American Idol" starting in January will be the iconic singing competition's last, Fox Television said on Monday.

The popularity of the show, which launched the careers of stars such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood and spawned shows such as CBS's "Rock Star" and NBC's "The Voice", has declined in recent years.

The show was once a ratings powerhouse for Fox, watched by more than 30 million viewers at its peak, but its 2014 finale drew just 10.6 million viewers.

The 15th season will feature long-time host Ryan Seacrest and celebrity judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr.

Fox Television is owned by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.

(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Joyjeet Das)

The twelve American Idol XIV finalists attend Fox's American Idol XIV Finalist Party at The District Restaurant in Los Angeles, California March 11, 2015.    REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn