LOS ANGELES (AP) — "American Idol" is receiving the TV academy's 2016 Governors Award for its impact on television.
The academy said Friday that the Fox singing contest was more than a hit, citing its use of social media, influence on the pop-culture conversation — and the talent-show imitators it spawned.
The Governors Award honors achievement that goes beyond the scope of Emmy Award recognition.
"American Idol," which ended its 15-year run on Fox this spring, was a ratings blockbuster but never captured top Emmy honors in the reality-competition program category.
It isn't up for the award at the Sept. 18 Emmys airing on ABC, but host Ryan Seacrest has a final chance to be honored as best reality series host.