Newly-minted talent show judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez haven’t had a remarkable impact ratings for the nation’s most-watched singing competition…at least not yet. American Idol had it’s lowest-rated premiere since its Summer 2002 summer debut but still managed to attract 26.1 million viewers.
That’s down 13 percent from the 29.9 million people who saw last year’s season opener.
Meanwhile, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. says he’s “thoroughly disgusted” by the show’s depiction of the Bronx — where Lopez grew up — as a crime-infested dump. The final contestant was Orlando, a 16-year-old Bronx bomber, who was privy to witnessing a bevy of criminal activity and had even lived in a homeless shelter.
“They have basically erased two and a half decades of work in a minute and a half,” Diaz said in an interview Thursday. “They depict the borough as if it was still the ’70s or ’80s.”
Idol returns for Day Two of Season 10 Auditions Thursday night @ 8 PM on FOX.