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American Idol, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson, Ellen Degeneres, Ryan Seacrest

Michael Becker / Fox

Paula Abdul's gone. Simon Cowell's leaving. And now, the streak is over.

For the first time in six years, American Idol didn't crack 30 million viewers with its season premiere, the latest results show.

Now, before Andrew Fenlon gets even more upset than he appeared in last night's Boston audition, it should be noted that the Fox franchise came awfully, awfully close to its old standard, with an audience of—get this—29.9 million, and was, per usual, awfully, awfully dominant.

Nothing awful about that.


Victoria Beckham pursed her lips in Beantown. Check out all the faces you'll be seeing during American Idol's audition rounds in our Guest Judges Galore gallery.