Fox's singing competition entered its 12th season Wednesday with three new judges and sharply lower viewership. An average of 17.8 million total viewers tuned in to the two-hour premiere, slumping 19% compared with last season, according to Nielsen.
The decline among viewers age 18 to 49 -- the group most sought by advertisers -- was also 19%, suggesting that "Idol" continues to lose its grip on younger viewers.
Speculation had surrounded the premiere because the producers had brought in a mostly new judging panel to replace Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. That included Carey and Minaj -- two pop divas who promptly settled in to a reported feud that producers recently insisted wasn't manufactured for the cameras -- as well as country crooner Keith Urban. Randy Jackson is the sole surviving judge from the original "Idol" panel.
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