After airing for 22 seasons, The CW confirmed on October 14 that America’s Next Top Model will be canceled. The show has been on for 12 years, after its debut in 2003.
According to The Guardian, America’s Next Top Model began on UPN in 2003. Host Tyra Banks has been with the series since its inception.
“America’s Next Top Model was a successful franchise for two networks, first at UPN, and then the CW, and it became not just a ratings hit, but a global pop culture phenomenon,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz to The Hollywood Reporter.
In 2006, the show changed networks to the CW. This move to the CW made it the channel’s first show.
The reality TV series challenged contestants to become successful models in the hard-to-break-into industry.
America’s Next Top Model gained popularity, quickly becoming an icon; the show averages 1.25 million “same night” viewers in the U.S. alone, reports The Guardian.