The revived American Idol has been renewed by ABC (US).
Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie are set to return next season along with host Ryan Seacrest.
The show premiered in March to 10.5 million total US viewers. Its numbers then then fell before spiking with a Disney themed episode, which had been the subject of a big marketing push by ABC.
“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.”
Idol aired for 15 seasons on FOX. For eight of those seasons, it was the highest-rated show on American television.
Once again the series airs in Australia on FOX8.