And honestly, "American Idol" hasn't even been gone long enough for me to get that nostalgic about its absence - and I write about "Idol" alums every week. By 2016, the show was long past its peak back in 2006 when the show averaged more than 30 million viewers a week. By last season, it was down to 9.1 million.
NBC also has top summer variety competition series "America's Got Talent," produced and judged by... Simon Cowell. And the last winner was (surprise!) a singer.
The network is also planning a new dance competition show developed by Jennifer Lopez - another former "American Idol" judge who stars in a scripted drama on NBC "Shades of Blue."