*The Nicki Minah/Mariah Carey snit did nothing to draw people to the season premiere of “American Idol.” In fact, it made things worse.
The FOX singing competition returned Wednesday to its lowest-rated and least-watched regular-season premiere telecast ever (the first season aired during the summer and generally isn’t counted), reports Entertainment Weekly.
“Idol” delivered 17.9 million viewers and a 6.0 adults 18-49 demo rating. That’s down 19 percent from last year’s opener, which was the previous lowest-ever record-holder.
The numbers also mean last night’s Idol premiere will not be the most-watched entertainment show this week — Tuesday’s “NCIS” had 22.9 million viewers. This is the first time another series was seen by more viewers than “Idol” during its regular season premiere week.
Viewers had mixed reactions to the premiere, according to EW. To some, having the feel-good show focus on Carey vs. Minaj sniping was a turn off. “If what we can look forward to [this season] is the immature, catty, out of control, ridiculous diva banter/bashing we won’t be tuning in for long,” one reader wrote.