ABC Sets March Premiere Date for 'American Idol' Reboot

ABC Sets March Premiere Date for 'American Idol' Reboot

It's been reported for months that the reboot of American Idol will premiere in March after the Oscars. And now ABC has made it official!

Season 16 of the singing competition show will premiere on Sunday, March 11 at 8/7c. The premiere, along with every subsequent episode, will be two hours long. It's unclear at this time how ABC will schedule the results shows once Idol goes live later in the season.

This premiere is one week after the Oscars air on Sunday, March 4. ABC will no doubt heavily promote Idol's return during the awards show.

Returning host Ryan Seacrest made the announcement on Live with Kelly and Ryan:

During the announcement, Ryan joked, "All I have to say is considering I work in New York Monday through Friday, thank god it's on Sunday night in Los Angeles."

This will be the first season of American Idol to air on ABC, after being a huge part of FOX's lineup for 15 years from 2002 to 2016 and producing hugely successful artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert.


Ryan is the only returning on-camera cast member. Joining the judging panel for the reboot are pop superstar Katy Perry , country music singer Luke Bryan and R&B legend Lionel Richie .

Are you excited to watch Idol again when it returns in March? What kinds of changes do you hope ABC makes for their version? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

American Idol season 16 premieres Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 8/7c on ABC.

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