'American Idol' Premiere: Was Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey Feud Responsible for Ratings Drop?

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'American Idol' Premiere: Was Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey Feud Responsible for Ratings Drop?
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This week, "American Idol" season 12 premiered to modest ratings.

According to TV Line, the "Idol" opened to 17.9 total viewers, and a 6.0 rating per fast overnights.

This represents a year-to-year demo decline of 19 percent, compared to the 2012 season premiere. Yikes!

FOX, however, is looking on the bright side, pointing out that the "Idol" premiere beat "The Voice's" most recent premiere by more than 40 percent.

Still, this doesn't bode well for season 12. It's likely that the ratings will decline from here, as many casual viewers likely tend to turn into season premieres in order to decide whether or not to stick around.

Nicki Minaj Vs. Mariah Carey Feud: Real or Reality Manufactured?

It's possible that public backlash against the Nicki and Mariah feud contributed to the low ratings.

According to an E! News source, many fans believed that the feud was manufactured in order to create buzz about the new season.

"People wonder if the fight was faked to get people talking about the new season. It was not fake. And when the video came out, there was a lot of concern among Fox execs that there could be impact on the ratings. The judges need to be likable."

Still, whether or not the feud was real, it's not surprising that the audience wasn't buying it. Reality TV show fans these days are much more cynical and more likely to assume that these fights are manufactured.

Is the Public Weary of Girl On Girl Infighting?

Yet it may not just be about Nicki and Mariah. Is it possible that fans are tired of girl on girl fighting in general? Is the public finally growing weary of watching reality TV women tear each other down?

Pundits love to incite media feuds between high-profile women, but maybe the viewers aren't interested in yet another diva-off between these two strong personalities.

The whole dynamic between Nicki and Mariah was embarrassing. The "Mean Girls" culture is so 2004.

Other Factors

Of course, we can't blame the modest ratings entirely on the Nicki and Mariah feud. The current market is so over-saturated with talent shows like "X Factor," "America's Got Talent," and "The Voice," that "Idol" doesn't isn't able to dominate the way it once did.

Was the Nicki and Mariah feud responsible for "Idol's" modest ratings? Were you tired of watching them bicker on-screen? Will "Idol" be able to regain momentum this season?

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