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Updated: The complete revamp of the judging panel with Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban could not stop the ratings decline for Fox‘s American Idol. The series’ 12th season last night opened with a 6.0 rating among adults 18-49, down 19% from the 11th Season premiere last January, and 17.9 million total viewers, down also 19%. It was Idol‘s lowest-rated in-season premiere. Still, the singing competition’s debut ranks as one of the highest-rated entertainment telecasts this season and No.1 among fellow unscripted series, including NBC’s The Voice. The two-hour opener gave Fox the highest-rated night with entertainment programming of any network so far this season and outrated the ABC, CBS and NBC combined by 11%. Idol has been on a downswing ever since the meteoric highs of Season 6, which opened with 15.8 18-49 rating and 37.4 million viewers in 2007. The only time the show was able to stem the ratings erosion since »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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