At this point, the network really doesn’t have any choice but to play things out and hope they get better.
They can’t cancel the show because they will look like idiots and they can’t fire the host they think is responsible because they owe him a ton of money and can’t be sure he is 100% of the problem.
The show’s ratings are in the tank and at this point, it won’t be back next year or forever.
ABC – American Idol
Embarrassment for ABC as ‘American Idol’ reboot tanks amid Katy Perry nun dispute, Ryan Seacrest sex scandal
In a major embarrassment for ABC, the network’s hugely expensive revamp of “American Idol” got clobbered by NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday, and lost even more viewers in the process.
The disastrous ratings come as ABC appears to be “hiding” “Idol” emcee Ryan Seacrest, whose choirboy reputation has been battered by allegations of sexual misconduct.
At the same time, the show’s superstar judge, Katy Perry, is battling poor publicity of her own, arising from a legal battle with some elderly nuns over a convent Perry wants to convert into a luxury estate. One nun, 89, recently collapsed in court and subsequently died after begging, “Katy Perry, please stop.” A second nun, 80, says the contretemps with Perry has left her broke.
“Idol” drew 7.7 million viewers on Monday night, while “The Voice” picked up 10.7 million to win the night in a landslide. “Idol” also dropped about 11 percent compared with last week, when the competitions aired head-to-head for the first time. – Source