Do judges matter?

"American Idol," Fox's long-running ratings behemoth, attracted its largest opening crowd -- 37.4 million viewers -- in 2007, which, ironically, is the season that followed the utterly forgettable Taylor Hicks, who won the singing competition. We wondered: Have the various judge panel cocktails concocted by the network and show producers helped the show, ratings-wise? See for yourself:

Have the various judge panel cocktails concocted by the network and show producers helped the show, ratings-wise?

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