"American Idol" Returned to Television and Viewers Were NOT Happy About It

"It only took me 12 minutes of watching to know I'll never have to to turn it on again."

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After two years off the air, American Idol made its return on Sunday night, airing on ABC instead of its original network, Fox. According to , the premiere was a ratings success, retaining 94% of its original audience. And that was especially impressive since Fox was running a at the same time.

But despite the solid ratings, the reactions from fans weren't all positive. Many fans on Twitter chimed in to say they didn't enjoy the new judge panel, featuring Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie. Others questioned why the franchise needed to come back at all.

The new is horrible. The judges have zero personality. On the plus side, it only took me 12 minutes of watching to know I’ll never have to to turn it on again.

— RadioDoneRight (@FrantzRadio)

Why is American Idol still a thing??

— Evan Kiser (@evanlkiser)

American Idol got entirely outclassed by The SpongeBob Movie playing "Goofy Goober Rock" right now on Nickelodeon. That's what we call true music.

— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick)

I love that American Idol just goes ahead and assumes that Luke Bryan and Katy Perry will know what constitutes as good music in spite of all signs to the contrary.

— Travis Ritchie (@travasaurus)

American idol should’ve stayed dead. Let the fallen rest

— brooklyn? (@Brooklynpierce_)

the new American Idol looks like a badly casted parody of the old American idol

— mom (@LindseyyMaeee)

american idol w/o simon uhhhhhh not a fan

— ცᕱᎩլꂅꂅ (@bay133h3rr)

These judges are soft. Simon, Randy, and Paula would've crushed some dreams after the first note.

— Anthony Tillman (@TheRealTillman)

A few people criticized the show's decision not feature bad singers this time around. "This isn't about getting knocked down but more about picking yourself back up," host Ryan Seacrest on the show. But some viewers thought the show lacked the original's entertainment value because of that, especially since the judges were still harsh to singers who didn't make the cut.

this american idol reboot is gonna flop because theyve forgotten what made the show work in the first place was the FLOPS!!!! no one wants to see 2 hours of good singers!!!!! we want to see people embarrass themselves

— jae stephens (@jaephens)

American Idol: We’re not going to put bad singers on TV for their humiliation.

Also : We’re just going to emotionally ruin the mediocre ones lolz.

— 𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚜𝚘𝚗. (@xoxofeedsters)

But not everyone was upset about the show. Many praised the show for keeping things positive in a world where all the news seems to be negative.

I am REALLY enjoying the new judges: & .

— George Pennacchio (@abc7george)

LOVING the new feel-good on ABC. In a world that's more divisive than ever, we're reminded of the humanity in all of us; we're given a fresh lesson in acceptance - that everyone has a story, and while the dreams we dream are free, the hustle isn't.

— Tony Morrison (@THETonyMorrison)

Confession- loving return of retooled American Idol. Over & out.

— Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation)

And Perry said it's only going to get better from here. On Twitter, she told fans, "Wait till you see the chemistry we grew." The show returns for its second episode Monday night.

This was our first day at Idol... sniffing each other out, wait till you see the chemistry we grew, ammiright

— KATY PERRY (@katyperry)

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