It's back -- minus the drama -- but will this year's "American Idol" season also see the continued decline of its viewing audience?

The show launched its new season -- its 13th -- Wednesday night. 

The judges are Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Junior. And if you plan to tune in to the early shows to see the really bad singers, you might want to worry about having fresh batteries in your remote.

There are fewer than ever this year, based on what was seen last night's season opener.

American Idol: Where Are They Now?