Following in the footsteps of other reality competition shows with sagging ratings, "American Idol" may downsize from two nights a week to one for its upcoming 14th season.
Once Fox's flagship series, "Idol" has seen its viewership nosedive over the years. While the competition had already trimmed its results show from one hour down to 30 minutes, its second night of programming will most likely be cut completely next year.
"I think you'll see it a two-night format, at least initially during the audition phase," Fox boss Kevin Reilly told reporters Monday. "It's quite likely ... we'll end up being a two-hour show on one night for most of its run."
If it does downsize, "Idol" would join other long-running reality series such as fellow Fox program "So You Think You Can Dance" and ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," which both eliminated results shows from their formats. This is just the latest ploy to pump up the aging singing show, which added a new trio of judges this year -- the returning Keith Urban, former judge Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr. -- and also allowed its contestants to skip one week of eliminations if all remaining competitors reached a unanimous vote to do so.
No premiere date has been set for the 14th season of "American Idol" yet; the show is expected to debut during the midseason in 2015.