10/05/2012 01:41 pm ET Updated Oct 05, 2012

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj's Feud, Big Bird Recognized By Romney And More: What TV Taught US

This week in TV went off with a bang when Nicki Minaj went into a heated rant directed at Mariah Carey during "American Idol" auditions, which escalated when Carey discused it with Barbara Walters on "The View" and then Minaj launched into a full-on twitter rant.

Carey and Minaj weren't the only names that made headlines this week, though. Big Bird became a subject of the presidential debates, and "Girls" creator and writer Lena Dunham announced she was penning an advice book that is reportedly going for $3.6 million.

Click through the slideshow below to find out what happened in the TV world this week ... and what we learned from it.