‘The Four’ Grabs a Second Season at Fox

Next installment of music competition series set for summer premiere

The Four
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Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor can all get comfortable in their judges’ chairs, as “The Four: Battle for Stardom” is coming back for round two.

The network renewed the Fergie-hosted music competition series for a second season to premiere this summer, Rob Wade, the network’s president of alternative series and specials, announced Thursday, ahead of the season one finale.

The renewal comes just one week after the show’s fourth industry panelist, recently-suspended Republic Records president Charlie Walk, exited the series following sexual misconduct accusations posed against him by a former employee.

“‘The Four’ is truly a next-generation show,” Wade said. “It has pushed past the boundaries of traditional music competition series by focusing on recording artists in an epic battle to become a superstar. And for the winner, guided by music giants Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, DJ Kahled, Meghan Trainor and Republic Records, this is just the beginning. We’d like to thank our panel, our ringleader, Fergie, the contestants and our incredible production team for delivering concert-quality shows every week. And we look forward to pushing the boundaries even further in Season Two.”

“The Four” has been holding steady in Nielsen ratings since its premiere in January, in both the advertiser coveted 18-49 demographic and total viewers. It’s currently averaging a 1.4 rating in the key demo and 4.6 million viewers, in the “most current” returns, a mix for seven- and three-day data. “The Four” is the network’s strongest-performing unscripted freshman series in four years.

The series was created by Armoza Formats and is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with Armoza Formats. David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg, Becca Walker, David Friedman, Avi Armoza, Moshiko Cohen and Elwin Viztelly de Groot are executive producers. Combs also serves as a producer.

The Season 1 finale of “The Four” airs tonight, Thursday, at 8/7 c on Fox.