The Television Academy has named a series that is credited with changing television as the recipient of the annual Governors Award. Variety reports that the honor has been awarded to Fox’s “American Idol,” which ended its 15-season run in April.
The award honors exceptional achievement in the television arts and sciences.
The report quotes Governors Award selection committee chair Michael Levine saying: “‘American Idol’ wasn’t just a hit show. With its successful integration of social media, dominance of the pop-culture conversation and legions of imitators, it changed television in a profound way. You could meaningfully divide the history of television into ‘before American Idol’ and ‘after American Idol.’”
Variety adds: “During its height, ‘American Idol’ drew ratings of 30 million viewers. Its series finale in April drew 11 million viewers and saw the return of the original judges, including Simon Cowell, as well as a lineup of famous alums. The show is credited with launching the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, among others.”