Fox tries to lift ratings of sagging “American Idol”

The microphone that singers on Fox television’s “American Idol” will use for a live broadcast on Wednesday has traveled to Hollywood after an Olympic torch-style journey through 13 cities.

Producers hope the “Idol Across America” relay helps build enthusiasm for the rest of the 12th season of the long-time TV ratings champ, which has seen viewership fall over the past six years. This season’s finale is scheduled for May.