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.
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.
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.
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.