"American Idol" had the most viewers Wednesday night, but it continued to slide from last season.
The Fox singing contest averaged 11.1 million viewers, according to updated ratings. The comparable show last season had 16.5 million viewers.
That decline helps explain reports that all four judges could be on the way out. Randy Jackson, the only original judge remaining, told E! News on Thursday that he won't return.
All the judges have had problems this season: Mariah "Darling" Carey has trouble making her points. Jackson keeps repeating himself. (He's not in it to win it.) Nicki Minaj ranges from cogent to weird. Keith Urban is a sweetie, but he's also a softie in delivering critiques. Would you miss any of them?
E!'s Ryan Seacrest, who also hosts "Idol," asked Minaj if she wants to return.
"That's a million-dollar question," Minaj said with a laugh. "I have to say this all the time, but I want people to know it's genuinely from my heart. I love the people on 'Idol.' I genuinely do. If I had to do this all over again, I would have done 'Idol.' Because it's fun, it's laughs. It's kind of sad that what people read all the time is only when something is negative. But they don't realize that we built a family. I feel happy here and I have to thank them for giving me this chance. They could have picked anyone in the world. And they picked me. So that's all I'll say about that."
The Seacrest-Minaj interview airs at 7 and 11:30 p.m. Thursday on E! News.
Back to ratings: CBS ran second to Fox with "Survivor" (9.5 million), "Criminal Minds" (10.1 million) and "CSI" (9.8 million). "Survivor" ends its latest season on Sunday, and CBS hasn't announced if "Criminal Minds" will be back next season.
NBC got a lift from "The Voice" with 8.9 million viewers, which boosted "Law & Order: SVU" to 6.9 million.
The prime-time averages: Fox with that 11.1 million, CBS with 9.8 million, NBC with 7.6 million, ABC with 6.2 million and The CW with 2.3 million.
Fox won the 18-to-49 age group with 2.9 rating; last year "Idol" put up a 4.5. CBS was second, followed by NBC. "Modern Family" had the night's best showing in the age group with a 3.3.
In Orlando, "American Idol" was the most-watched show with 179,000 viewers. "Survivor" ranked second with 142,700. The rest of the top five: "Modern Family" with 127,500, "The Voice" with 114,800 and "Criminal Minds" with 111,900. The only other show to top 100,000 was "CSI" with 102,500. Next in the rankings were "Nashville" with 90,100 viewers and "Law & Order: SVU" with 82,300.
The top programs in the 18-to-49 age group were "Modern Family," "American Idol," "Survivor," "Nashville" and ABC's "How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)."