American Idol Ratings Drop; Nicki/Mariah Feud to Blame?

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Much to the chagrin of Fox, it turns out viewers might not want to watch two multi-millionaire recording superstars snipe at each other for two hours straight.

Amazing, right?

But the ratings for last night's American Idol premiere fell by 19 percent in comparison to the Season 11 opener, as 17.8 million households tuned in to see Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey go at it.

American Idol Quartet

And to watch Ashlee Feliciano, Tenna Torres and other audition, we suppose.

But did the judges' feud hinder or enhance your viewing experience? And which new panelist do you like best so far?


American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]