Carey, Minaj fail to boost "American Idol" ratings
Despite the media attention showered on feuding American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, last night's (January) season premiere was the long-running Fox singing series was its lowest-rated season opener yet, Reuters reports.
According to early Nielsen ratings data, the 12th season opener saw ratings in the 18-49 age group drop 19% to 17.9 million from 21.9 million in 2012. However, it was still the most-watched series on U.S. network television on Wednesday night.
The two-hour episode marked the debut of judges Carey, Minaj and country artist Keith Urban, who joined the the show after the departures of pop star Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler last year.
Much of the coverage before and after the Idol premiere has focused on an apparent feud between Carey and Minaj that began making headlines last fall after a behind-the-scenes video of the duo arguing hit the Internet.
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