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FOX's 'American Idol' Season 12

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On Monday morning, Fox confirmed that 2016 will be the last for “Idol,” a show that broke the mold in 2002 and became the most popular show in America for many years.

Reasons for ending “Idol” come down to dollars and cents. Once a hugely profitable enterprise, I can’t imagine it makes Fox much money anymore. The show keeps shedding viewers. Ratings are down at least 10 percent this year.

Except for a slight blip upwards season 10, ratings have fallen every year since season five. And oh, they have fallen. Once regularly drawing 30-plus million viewers a week in its peak, “Idol” barely draws 10 million viewers now, even including DVR use and less than 1/6th the 18-49 year olds. It gets beaten by “Survivor” head to head. “The Goldbergs” draws more 18-to-49 year olds now than “Idol,” whose average viewer has aged more than two decades the past 14 years.

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