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'American Idol' Renewed for Season 14

The singing competition series is coming back on Fox.

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American Idol is coming back. The singing competition series has been renewed through season 14, Fox announced Wednesday.

Idol will hit 15 cities for auditions beginning June 18 in Minneapolis, with stops also planned in Portland, Oreg., Columbus, Ohio, Kansas City, Mo., Richmond, Va., Albuquerque, N.M. and more.

Despite another significant season-to-season ratings hemorrhage for American Idol, a renewal was never in question. After the January axing of The X Factor, Fox was not about to lose that many hours of dependable programming. As for that ratings dip, a 28 percent slide in the key adults 18-49 demographic, this 13th season has seen more and more record lows -- but its season average still sees the benefit of heavy sampling during the audition weeks.

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Wednesday's show is still at an average 3.6 rating in the demo and 12.3 million viewers. The full state of Idol's latest fall, which has it performing below previous reality runners-up like Dancing With the Stars and Survivor, will come to light after the May finale.

Idol wraps season 13 on May 21 with judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. Meanwhile, host Ryan Seacrest is nearing a deal to return.