Late Friday night,fake oakleys, in a surprise move,foakleys, Fox announced a midseason schedule with a big,fake oakleys, big change: American Idol will move from Tuesday and Wednesday nights to Wednesday and Thursday nights. The move has already been hashed out well at some more biz-minded sites,foakleys, but it deserves a Tuned In post, for your discussion/mourning if nothing else.
One interesting question: Is Idol attacking or is it running? We’ve come to think of it as the Death Star, and there must be a slew of producers who are not happy to see it headed their way. But it’s as arguable that the move is designed in anticipation of a possible ratings drop,fake oakleys, post-Simon-Cowell, as much as it is meant to be a programming offensive.
One possible interpretation of that theory,fake oakleys, for instance, is that Fox has not only decided that Glee can stand on its own,foakleys, but that it may be better off without following a (possibly!) fading Idol. Likewise, a shift of one night gets Idol away from the potentially embarrassing setup of losing to Dancing With the Stars (at least in overall viewers, though likely not advertiser demographics). And as Jaime Weinman astutely points out,foakleys, it changes the conversation in a way that benefits Fox—from “Is Idol hurting?” to “Who will Idol hurt?”