‘‘American Idol’’ ended the 2011-12 season as the leading entertainment show and No. 2 overall, just behind NBC’s top-rated ‘‘Sunday Night Football.’’
But the show aired its least-watched finale ever and the advertiser-favored young adult audience has been steadily shrinking. The show’s cachet hasn’t been helped by a run of champions who have failed to achieve the career sizzle of past competitors Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson.
Associated Press writer Nicole Evatt and AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu in New York contributed to this report.