Upon seeing the poll and voting a resounding NO, I thought this would need more comments.
I found it just another time waster. I have made it clear every season that enough of the show is wasted already showing pretty much EVERYTHING that happened the previous show. The first 10-15 minutes of every show recaps the 45 minutes previous (and I'm not even going to break it down more to include the commercial time).
At most in an hour show we get about 30 minutes to cover the feeds since previous show (and Wednesday thru Sunday is a long time to cover that) along with whatever competition is happening that day.
What did the live audience bring besides wasting more time showing them clapping? Absolutely NOTHING. There were questions from them, that chenbot read, so they could have been taken from an online blog for all we know.
I just wish CBS would stop finding ways to fill the time of the show with shit. Stop over producing and manipulating what the TV audience sees (that rarely is what really goes on) and show more of the good juicy stuff that does happen.