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How ‘American Idol’ saved — then screwed — Fox

Mr. Television Chimes in at Campaign US as the Veteran Singing Competition Opens its Final Season

Tonight marks the beginning of the end for “American Idol,” which Fox is finally quitting after a 15-season run. Though the relationship started out smashingly, with “Idol” propelling the network to ratings highs and perpetually “saving” the network upon its return every year, the breakup sees both parties walking away in rough shape. Once again, a network allowed a good thing to turn into an addiction. And that addiction ultimately left the network in a weakened position.

How does this keep happening?

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