Keith Urban Makes ‘American Idol’ Debut, Show Ratings Down In Premiere Episode

SLN Staff Writer • January 17, 2013 - 8:28 pm

“American Idol” hit the small screen Wednesday night to kick off Season 12. Keith Urban made his judging debut, A\along with veteran judge Randy Jackson and fellow newbies Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

While it was an exciting premiere for the judges, America didn’t seem as thrilled to see the show back. Despite the incredible amount of hype for the three new judges, ratings were down 19 percent from last year’s opening episode. With 19.2 million viewers, the episode was rated below Tuesday’s “NCIS” with 22.9 million viewers.

However, while ratings were down, FOX was prepared for a much bigger gap in ratings. Still, with a steady team of judges and what seems like great talent, they are ready for a new season.

Did you watch? What did you think of Keith as a judge?