"American Idol" will reportedly bow out four weeks sooner than it did for last year's Season 14. Fox network has yet to respond to the rumor, but a new report suggests that the singing competition show will end earlier than expected because of low ratings.
According to Billboard, "American Idol's" final Season 15 will wrap in April, as opposed to its usual May finale. A source told the outlet that it was the network's decision to make the season shorter.
"American Idol" executive producer Trish Kinane wouldn't confirm whether the show was in fact getting a shorter season, but said, "The storytelling works better in [fewer] weeks."
"'Idol' was so successful [that the season] got too extended too much," she added. "There are only so many hours that viewers will devote to watching these shows, so if it is shorter this year, it will be a good thing.”
Reportedly, part of the reason Fox wanted to cut the show shorter was because of a decline in viewership. According to The Wrap, Season 14 experienced an all-time low when the show premiered to only 1.4 million in the 18-49 demographic. Billboard also reported that the overall season brought in 11 million views compared to Season 5's high of 35 million.
Even though "American Idol" Season 15 will reportedly end sooner, that doesn't mean the show won't pack in as much excitement as possible.
The final season has been described as a "tribute to the past 14 seasons," and will include a lot of surprises for fans including possible appearances from Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, the show's original judges.
A teaser video for the season also shows Kanye West popping up during the San Francisco auditions.
"American Idol" Season 15 will premiere Jan. 6, 2016 at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.