PUBLISHED: 02:26 EST, 2 March 2014 | UPDATED: 02:26 EST, 2 March 2014
The show that was once must-watch TV for the better part of a decade seems to have run its course.
American Idol, the once ratings-topping singing competition
that gave birth to Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Clay Aiken's careers,
drew just over nine million viewers on February 27 - it's lowest numbers yet, RadarOnline reports.
Winding down: Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr. critique a performance on the thirteenth season of American Idol
American Idol debut to American audiences in the summer of 2002 as American Idol: The Search For A Superstar, and was headed by a panel of three judges: Simon Cowell, pop legend Paula Abdul, and music executive Randy Jackson.
The show was based off of Britain's Pop Idol, and proved to be a wildly successful show in America, allowing viewers to be privy into the elimination process and vote for the destiny of their favourite singer.
The reality show was ranked number one for eight consecutive years.
Former glory days: Judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell, during a taping in 2008
Judges past and present: Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Lopez, and host Ryan Seacrest appeared together at the American Idol finalist party in Los Angeles in March 2012
In more recent years, the popularity of the contest has significantly dwindled, as recent ratings and sales have demonstrated.
RadarOnline cites the low album sales of Candice Glover, the 2013's winner.
The crooner sold just 19,000 copies of her Music Speaks album in its debut week, a significantly low number when compared to the first Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, who sold 297,000 copies her first week.
An uncertain future: Keith Urban, Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., Seacrest, and Jackson appeared together at the American Idol finalist party in West Hollywood in February
RadarOnline reports TV experts have divulged they believe Fox will soon cancel the competition after it's May season finale or 'may make one last ditch effort to resuscitate it.'
Simon Cowell's once hit X-Factor recently met the chopping block by Fox executives on February 7th when it was announced it would not be renewed for a fourth season; it may soon be possible Idol will be next, Spin reports.
Digital Spy cites a conference call in which 21st Century Fox president Chase Carey described the singing show as in 'transition.'
Three's company: The former trio of judges experienced the majority of American Idol's most successful years; the three are pictured together in 2005 in Hollywood
The former judge: Mariah Carey posed for the camera while at the finalist party in Los Angeles in March 2013
'We know American Idol is winding down,' Carey disclosed in a February discussion of it's latest quarterly results, revealing that the show's ratings have 'fallen faster than we hoped.'
RadarOnline cited a source as saying 'If Ryan Seacrest says he’s done, that will definitely be the end.'
Idol judges have cycled from Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Steven Tyler, and now include Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr.
I am Nicki Minaj: Nicki Minaj onstage during the 2013 finale of American Idol; the singer famously feuded with her co-judge, Mariah Carey
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