Wednesday, December 06, 2006


In February, ABC will move 'Lost' to Wednesdays at 10 to avoid direct competition with Fox's 'American Idol.'ABC is moving "Lost" out of the way of the "American Idol" juggernaut.

ABC on Tuesday unveiled a January sked that has the spooky Wednesday drama moving back an hour to 10 p.m. when it returns Feb. 7. Shift -- the third timeslot for the show in as many years -- ensures the skein won't have to battle the Fox behemoth.

A year ago, "Lost" scored boffo numbers at 9 p.m. during the fall but took a notable ratings hit once "Idol" returned in January. Skein has since held steady in the ratings, but ABC execs clearly don't want to risk further slippage.

Net's affils should be happy with the shift. With "Lost" at 10 p.m., ABC will likely deliver local stations their best new lead-in numbers for the slot in years.

In addition to shielding "Lost" from "Idol," ABC is also protecting it from rising CBS drama "Criminal Minds" and NBC's "Deal or No Deal," which moves into the 9 p.m. Wednesday slot next month.

As for what will compete against "Idol," ABC has decided that laughter -- and games -- are the best medicine. Net has slotted its laffer "Knights of Prosperity" Wednesdays at 9 p.m., directly against the "Idol" results show. It'll be paired at 9:30 with another new comedy, "In Case of Emergency."

Laffer hour is set to debut Jan. 3, a month before "Day Break" was set to end its run. ABC News programming will fill the 10 p.m. Wednesday slot in January before "Lost" returns.

"Day Break" will either be yanked after its Dec. 27 broadcast or moved to another night. No word on what will happen with the remaining five episodes of the skein, if ABC doesn't move the show to a new night.

ABC will round out its Wednesday lineup with new episodes of "George Lopez" and "According to Jim" from 8-9 p.m. Net will double-pump "Jim" for a few weeks starting Jan. 3, with "George" bowing Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.

Article is from Variety.


Mischka said...

I like Lost. It's one of the shows (or actually the only one) I watch on a regular basis. I haven't seen much of Criminal Minds, but the times I've watched it have been kind of creepy. It seems like a very interesting show! I like shows like that, for example CSI (not Miami though. I don't like the character, Horatio. Grissom's my favorite).

Criminal Minds Fan said...

I also like Grissom and I confess I have never seen Lost. Give Criminal Minds a chance and I am sure you will grow to love like we do. :)

Anonymous said...

Great article. Thanks.

Criminal Minds Fan said...
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Criminal Minds Fan said...

Allie: Now you won't need to tape one to watch the other. :)

Anonymous said...

Where do you keep finding these dynamite pictures? (drool, drool, pant, pant)


Anonymous said...

You know I am loving this to no end.

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Anonymous said...

Whoo, CM finally getting itself the press coverage it deserves!!!

Jemma #63

Anonymous said...

The people who plan the TV program have to think about so many things, which show can beat which one and so on...
Thanks for the article.

Sabine #63

Anonymous said...

you know, I'm glad I quit watching LOST when I did. I like that they had to move their time slot at least in part because of CM.

jacqui #69