America's Next Top Model (abbreviated ANTM and Top Model) is an American reality television series and interactive competition that premiered on May 20, 2003 and had its series finale on December 4, 2015. It originally aired on UPN, whose merger with The WB created The CW in 2006. The program aired for 22 seasons ("cycles"), and each cycle saw a number of aspiring models compete for the title of "America's Next Top Model," providing them with an opportunity to begin their career in the modeling industry. It was hosted by supermodel and television personality Tyra Banks, who additionally served as its executive producer and presenter.
America's Next Top Model employed a panel of three (cycles 13-18, 21-22) or four (cycles 1-12, 19–20) judges who critiqued contestants' progress throughout the competition. The original panel consisted of Banks, Janice Dickinson, Beau Quillian, and Kimora Lee Simmons. The panel for the final two seasons consisted of Banks, Kelly Cutrone, and J. Alexander. The series was among the highest-rated programs on UPN, and was the highest-rated show on The CW from 2007 to 2010. Advertisers paid $61,315 per 30-second slot during the 2011–12 television seasons, the highest of any series on The CW.
The show's cancellation was confirmed on October 14, 2015 and the series concluded on December 4, 2015. It was the last show originally from UPN to end its run. In February 2016, it was announced that the show had been picked up by VH1. Tyra Banks will not be returning to host the show but will still serve as executive producer, and it is likely the judging panel will be revamped. Zendaya guest starred as herself in season 20 in the episode, "The Girl Who Gets Punked"