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Fox's Former Crown Jewel Gets Glossed Over at Network's Upfront Presentation LA Times

At the Fox upfront presentation Monday, shows such as “Sleepy Hollow” and “New Girl” were boasted about, but one high-profile returning show -- “American Idol” -- was glossed over, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.

Ryan Seacrest made a “perfunctory appearance in a clip” during the 75-minute presentation, the piece notes.

“Once the crown jewel of Fox's lineup and the highest-rated show in all of television, drawing as many as 30 million viewers a week, the aging singing competition has fallen on hard times in recent seasons. The average viewer of the show continues to age upward -- a no-no for the young-skewing Fox -- while its overall audience has declined precipitously, reaching a low of just 7 million viewers for an episode last week,” the story reports.

The network's 2014-15 schedule has scaled back the show’s presence, with just 37 hours of programming in the season. That’s down from more than 50 hours of programming. Meanwhile, the competition series “The X Factor” is completely gone from next season’s schedule.

On a conference call, entertainment chief Kevin Reilly acknowledged that “Idol” “is not going to come back as the ratings champion it once was.”

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