American Idol’s Ratings Dip as Carey and Minaj Debut

American Idol has seen a dip in its US ratings at the start of its latest series – its twelfth. 17.9 million viewers watched Wednesday’s season opener, down from 21.9 million the year before. The figures came despite heavy pre-publicity following the addition of new judges, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Idol was still Wednesday’s most watched US television program, by some margin.

And it’s not like there wasn’t some fun stuff going on.  Most notably when Carey stormed off the set because she just “couldn’t take it anymore.”   Come on Mariah.  Instead of that kind of drama, how about just making fun of people or laughing?  Also, am I just realizing this?  Does Nikki Minaj have the most annoying speaking voice in the entire world?  I just can’t listen to her speak.  Like, at all.

Ryan Seacrest has to be reeling for the old days right now.


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