Is ‘American Idol‘ still strong enough that fans would follow it to a new Thursdays-at-9 time slot?
A rumor is swirling that Fox might move its top-rated reality hit from a Tuesday/Wednesday schedule to Wednesday/Thursday starting next season. The thinking is that Thursdays are more vulnerable than ever, with ABC’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ on a bit of a ratings decline and CBS mulling a move for the once venerable ‘CSI.’
Moving ‘Idol’ would also free up Fox’s Tuesday slate for a “comedy block” featuring two new laffers – ‘Keep Hope Alive’ (from ‘My Name Is Earl’ creator Greg Garcia) and ‘Traffic Light’ (about male friendships) – followed by ‘Glee‘ at 9 o’clock.
Or… or… ‘Idol’ might stay put. As noted by Deadline.com (which first spread word of ‘Idol’s possible move), this “talk” could simply be a bit of purposely leaked psychological warfare waged by Fox against its rivals as everyone spends the weekend trying to nail down their schedules for the 2010-11 TV season.
After all, would Fox really leave ‘Glee’ susceptible to audience erosion by leading into it with two freshman comedies?
Then again, as TVByTheNumbers.com points out, relocating ‘Idol’ would afford Fox a convenient “excuse” should the reality series slide sharply in Season 10 sans Simon Cowell and also on the heels of this year’s rather lackluster competition.
The networks’ annual upfront presentations kick off on Sunday (with an NBC conference call), then shift into high gear on Monday when both the Peacock and Fox show off their dogs and ponies at glitzy presentations. ABC, CBS and The CW follow with upfront events on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
What say you, ‘Idol’ faithful? Would you follow the results show to Thursdays at 9, where it ostensibly could compete against ‘Grey’s,’ a moved-up ‘Mentalist,’ NBC’s ‘The Office‘/’30 Rock‘ combo and The CW’s ‘Supernatural‘?