Fox Moves ‘American Idol’ To Wednesday and Thursday Nights

by | November 19, 2010 at 8:24 PM | American Idol, TV News

The new faces of American Idol: Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, and  Jimmy Iovine (FOX)

The new faces of American Idol: Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, and Jimmy Iovine (FOX)

American Idol‘ executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has recently been discussing new format changes to the reality juggernaut, but now Fox has revealed scheduling changes: ‘Idol’ will move to Wednesday and Thursday nights when it returns for a 10th season in January.

Removing ‘Idol’ from Tuesday night allows the network to take full advantage of lucrative Thursday night advertising dollars. As a result, struggling drama ‘Fringe‘ will be swapped to Fridays.

Glee‘s strong ratings will provide a lead-in for new series ‘Million Dollar Money Drop’ on Tuesdays.

Further changes, along with the full midseason schedule, below:

FOX 2010-2011 MIDSEASON SCHEDULE
(All times ET/PT except as noted)

MONDAY
Monday, Jan. 10:
8:00-10:00 PM           LIE TO ME (Two-Hour Episode)

Mondays, beginning Jan. 17:
8:00-9:00 PM             HOUSE (All-New Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM           LIE TO ME (All-New Episodes)

Mondays, beginning Feb. 7
8:00-9:00 PM             HOUSE (All-New Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM           THE CHICAGO CODE (Series Premiere)

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TUESDAY
Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 4:
8:00-9:00 PM             GLEE (Encore Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM           MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP (All-New Episodes)

Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 8:
8:00-9:00 PM             GLEE (All-New Episodes)
9:00-9:30 PM             RAISING HOPE (All-New Episodes)
9:30-10:00 PM           MIXED SIGNALS (Series Premiere)
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WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, Jan. 5 and 12:
8:00-10:00 PM           HUMAN TARGET (All-New, Two-Hour Episodes)

Wednesday, Jan. 19:
8:00-10:00 PM           AMERICAN IDOL (Two-Hour Season Premiere, Part One)

Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 26:
8:00-9:00 PM             AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM           HUMAN TARGET (All-New Episodes)

Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 16:
8:00-10:00 PM           AMERICAN IDOL (Two-Hour Episodes)

Wednesdays, beginning April 6:
8:00-9:30 PM             AMERICAN IDOL (90-Minute Episodes)
9:30-10:00 PM           BREAKING IN (Series Premiere)

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THURSDAY
Thursdays, beginning Jan. 6:
8:00-9:00 PM             MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP (All-New Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM           BONES (Encore Episodes)

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 20:
8:00-9:00 PM             AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part Two)
9:00-10:00 PM           BONES (Time Period Premiere)

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FRIDAY
Friday, Jan. 7:
8:00 PM-CC ET         AT&T COTTON BOWL (Live)

Friday, Jan. 21:
8:00-9:00 PM             KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM           KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Encore)

Fridays, beginning Jan. 28:
8:00-9:00 PM             KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (All-New Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM           FRINGE (Time Period Premiere)

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SATURDAY
Saturday, Jan. 15:
8:00 PM-CC ET         NFC DIVISION PLAYOFFS (Live)

Saturdays, beginning Jan. 22 (no change to lineup):
8:00-8:30 PM             COPS (All-New Episodes)
8:30-9:00 PM             COPS (Encore Episodes)
9:00-10:00 PM           AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (All-New Episodes)

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SUNDAY
Sunday, Jan. 9:
8:00-8:30 PM             THE SIMPSONS (All-New Episode)
8:30-9:00 PM             BOB’S BURGERS (Series Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM             FAMILY GUY (All-New Episode)
9:30-10:00 PM           THE CLEVELAND SHOW (Time Period Premiere/All-New Episode)

Sunday, Jan. 16 and 23:
7:00-7:30 PM             THE SIMPSONS (Encore Episodes)
7:30-8:00 PM             AMERICAN DAD (Time Period Premiere)
8:00-8:30 PM             THE SIMPSONS (All-New Episodes)
8:30-9:00 PM             BOB’S BURGERS (All-New Episodes)
9:00-9:30 PM             FAMILY GUY (All-New Episodes)
9:30-10:00 PM           THE CLEVELAND SHOW (All-New Episodes)

Sunday, Jan. 30:
7:00 PM-CC ET         NFC PRO BOWL (Live)

Sunday, Feb. 6:
6:00 PM-CC ET         SUPER BOWL XLV (Live)
10:30 PM ET/7:30 PT GLEE (All-New Special Episode; Approximate Start Time)

Sundays, beginning Feb. 13 (no change to lineup):
7:00-7:30 PM             THE SIMPSONS
7:30-8:00 PM             AMERICAN DAD
8:00-8:30 PM             THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM             BOB’S BURGERS
9:00-9:30 PM             FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM           THE CLEVELAND SHOW