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Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest return for a new season of "American Idol." (Fox)
Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest return for a new season of "American Idol." (Fox)

Andrew Ryan: Television

American Idol sticks to the formula, dawg Add to ...

The search for the world's next great pop star begins anew each January. Is anybody watching?

Presumably, given the return of American Idol (Fox, CTV, 8 p.m.), which lurches into its 11th season tonight with the traditional two-hour opener.

The show isn’t the ratings behemoth it was in its early years, but it's still impossible to ignore a program that averages upwards of 14 million U.S. viewers each broadcast, along with another two million or so Canadians along for the ride.

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