LOS ANGELES — “American Idol’s” 12th season debuted this week with a new panel of judges — and the growing perception that the show is no longer relevant.
The singing competition lost nearly a quarter of its viewers last year, falling below 20 million for the first time since 2003. There was also a drop in that coveted 18 to 49 demographic. Undoubtedly, some of that audience ended up in the arms of competitors “America’s Got Talent,” “The Voice” and former “Idol” judge Simon Cowell’s U.S. edition of “The X Factor.”
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