Is Cowell being missed by the audiences?

London: It appears that audiences are missing Simon Cowell on American Idol - TV ratings have bombed for the latest series.

Ratings have indicated that viewing figures are down 13 percent on last year for the first show of the tenth series, screened last week.

Experts believe it could be the absence of the Mr Nasty, Simon Cowell.

The new panel – Jennifer Lopez, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and show regular Randy Jackson – has had mixed reviews.

“Simon’s cutting edge is clearly missed. The reality is that people like their reality and talent shows to have a little bit of bite. It doesn’t bode well,” a daily quoted one insider as saying.

Cowell quit Idol last year to focus on an American version of X Factor.