Things just aren't the way they used to be for FOX and "American Idol." Recognizing the fact that viewers are not tuning as much to watch the reality singing competition, FOX executive Kevin Reilly says 'Idol' will be adjusted to one night airings next season.
During the FOX Upfront presentation Monday, Reilly added that he believes Idol will air for many years to come, but will be cut from 50 plus hours of programming to rougly 37 hours of programming in the upcoming season. He's also not counting on the show being the ratings hit it used to be.
As widely reported, the current season of "American Idol" has had several low rated and watched episodes, down in comparison to hits like "The Voice." It follows ABC's Dancing With The Stars, which recently moved to a one night a week format, down from two.
It's unclear if "American Idol" will return with the same panel next year, including Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.
Audition episodes will still air twice a week early in the season.