Fox moves 'American Idol' to Wednesdays and Thursdays

Image Credit: Michael Becker/Fox

Fox released its mid-season schedule today, which includes a new night for American Idol on Thursdays and the series premieres of such shows as The Chicago Code, Million Dollar Dollar Drop and Mixed Singles. Fringe moves to Fridays (fans, start your protests!). And no official word yet on the fate of Running Wilde – but it’s not looking good. Here’s the new schedule (show descriptions to follow):

Monday, Jan. 10:
8-10 p.m. LIE TO ME (Two-Hour Episode)

Mondays, Jan. 17:
8 p.m. HOUSE
9 p.m. LIE TO ME

Mondays, beginning Feb. 7
8 p.m. HOUSE
9 p.m. THE CHICAGO CODE (series premiere)

Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 4:
8 p.m. GLEE (repeats)
9 p.m. MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP (reality show)

Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 8:
8 p.m. GLEE
9 p.m. RAISING HOPE
9 p.m. MIXED SIGNALS (series premiere)

Wednesday, Jan. 5 and 12:
8 p.m. HUMAN TARGET

Wednesday, Jan. 19:
8 p.m. AMERICAN IDOL (two-hour season premiere, part one)

Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 26:
8 p.m. AMERICAN IDOL
9 p.m. HUMAN TARGET

Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 16:
8 p.m. AMERICAN IDOL (two-hour episodes)

Wednesdays, beginning April 6:
8 p.m. AMERICAN IDOL (90-minute episodes)
9:30 p.m. BREAKING IN (series premiere)

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 6:
8 p.m. MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP
9 p.m. BONES

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 20:
8 p.m. AMERICAN IDOL (season premiere, part two)
9 p.m. BONES (time period premiere)

Friday, Jan. 21:
8 p.m. KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
9 p.m. KITCHEN NIGHTMARES

Fridays, beginning Jan. 28:
8 p.m. KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
9 p.m. FRINGE (time period premiere)

Sunday, Jan. 9:
8 p.m. THE SIMPSONS
8 p.m. BOB’S BURGERS
9 p.m. FAMILY GUY
9 p.m. THE CLEVELAND SHOW

Sunday, Jan. 16 and 23:
7 p.m. THE SIMPSONS
7 p.m. AMERICAN DAD
8 p.m. THE SIMPSONS
8 p.m BOB’S BURGERS
9 p.m FAMILY GUY
9 p.m. THE CLEVELAND SHOW

Sunday, Jan. 30:
NFC PRO BOWL (Live)

Sunday, Feb. 6:
6:00 PM SUPER BOWL XLV (Live)
10:30 PM ET/7:30 PT GLEE

Here are show descriptions:

The Chicago Code (formerly Ride-Along) is a new police drama from creator Shawn Ryan that stars Jason Clark (Brotherhood) and Jennifer Beals (Lie to Me). Bob’s Burgers is a new animated comedy about a man, his family and a burger joint. Mixed Signals is from Bob Fisher (Wedding Crashers) and is a relationship comedy that stars David Denman (The Office), Nelson Franklin (I Love You, Man) and Kris Marshall (Human Target). Breaking In (working title) is a workplace comedy based at a high-tech security firm from Adam F. Goldberg (Fanboys) and Seth Gordon (Four Christmases). Million Dollar Money Drop debuts in December. It gives a team $1 million and all they have to do to keep it is correctly answer seven multiple-choice questions.


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  • James Howlett

    Move Fringe to Fridays at 9 opposite Supernatural? Talk about cannibalizing your audience. They keep putting that show on in the toughest time slots. Fox sucks

    • AK

      It got its chance. Friday is where underperforming shows go to die.

      • Seddie is meant to be

        These people at FOX are absolute morons, FRINGE is the most creative show on television, this season is even more engrossing than the last, each layer of plot is so well told, it is a masterpiece of network tv and they are moving it to Friday so that a shell of a show can parade around no talent hacks because the general population loves to see “real people” make fools of themselves and prissy judges feed their ego? Fox does not deserve FRINGE just like NBC did not deserve Southland – JJ should move FRINGE to TNT, screw network tv let them have their reality crap

      • Seddie is meant to be

        Then again, these are geniuses that keep the Simpsons on the air after it stopped being funny 15 years ago

      • Tarc

        Yes, with the giant wave of stupid and ignorant that’s seems to be sweeping the nation, it’s no surprise the brilliant Fringe is movie to Fridays. I find it horrifying to see how stupid Americans have become… and I’m an American.

      • Jack

        This was the X-Files original time slot and it did well.

      • Seriously

        I don’t get it, is everyone in the entertainment industry absolutely idiotic or are we just smart. Fringe to Fridays…are you crazy. Why do these networks keep moving around their most popular shows. Fringe is one of the most talked about shows on Fox! Fringe is doing awesome against Grey’s anatomy, so why on earth would you change it. Its like they take us for retards or something: “Gee if I change AI to Thursdays maybe people will watch it.” Hell no, AI sucks big time, and they probably realized that after they had their first rehearsals with there sucky ass host now. I’m so pissed that they are dicking around Fringe cause the next thing you know it will be canceled just like ABC did to Ugly Betty: Anytime a network moves around a show it always ends up getting canceled the next season. So so so pissed about Fringe!!!! What the hell, FOx you idiots get a clue about what people like!!! It Fringe gets canceled I swear to GOD………

      • Adam

        It got its chance? Umm it’s first season averaged 10 million viewers on Tuesday nights. And for some ridiculous reason, Fox tried to fix what wasn’t broken and moved it to Thursdays where it began to die. This is Fox’s fault.

      • Chris

        you would think fox would learn from firefly and dollhouse.

    • Jenny

      My thoughts exactly. LAME!

    • tipsy

      They are looking for an excuse to cancel it. I guess Thursday ratings aren`1t bad enough so they are hoping Friday will be nail in the coffin. Sad,sad,sad, such an amazing show. Any chance some other channel picks it up? I don`t want it to end unresolved or with some lame we-need-to-wrap-it-up sand off.

      • CJ

        They don’t need any excuse…the numbers on Thursday spoke for themselves. When you are only bringing in 5 mil viewers and averaging a 1.8 in the 18-49 demo, you don’t need an excuse from a business perspective. My only hope is that the JJ Abrams and company have been given enough time to bring closure to the show and not have the series end on cliffhanger as Fox allowed with The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

    • Brian

      I hate the Fringe move too. FOX managed to take the ONE conflict between any shows that I watch (Fringe and The Office) and move Fringe into conflict with another show I watch (Supernatural). Why couldn’t it go to Mondays or Tuesdays at 9?

    • Orac

      Fox, you stink! Move Fringe to Wednesday if you have to move it, and put your stupid reality shows out to pasture on Friday. I don’t know why I keep watching you after you keep killing shows I become invested in on your pathetic network.

    • Blue Sunflower

      Fringe is doing just fine cannibalizing its audience on its own during its current timeslot, so moving it to Fridays really isn’t going to change much. If they want a better audience, then they need to write a better story.

      • Chris

        Fringe has grown into one of the absolute best, most interesting shows on tv. “Needing to write a better story” isn’t the problem.

        The problems is that Fox moved it out of its successful Tuesday night time slot into the most difficult time slot of the week (against CSI, Grey’s Anatomy, and to a lesser extent, The Office). And now they’re doing it an even greater injustice by tossing it into their Friday night graveyard.

      • Chris

        You’ve got to be kidding me. This season has been stellar. Period. It needs a chance for more people to see it.

      • CK

        A better story? Are you kidding me?! I agree with the facts posted that the season has been absolutely amazing. I do not generally like shows like Fringe, but I’m hooked.

      • Zakry

        Yes, Blue Sunflower has no idea what he/she/it is talking about. The story is outstanding.

    • dvr kills

      what every show you wish to save you must watch it “LIVE” and not on dvr. LIVE numbers are the only numbers that matter. If you watch Fringe LIVE it will solve the problem.

      • Ryan

        Dude are you dumb? Tuning your dvr in is just like watching it there. My DVR switches automatically to the channel that is going to be recorded and records it. Thus its like I’m there without being there.

      • gar

        That’s only true if you have a Neilsen box (or some other device for polling the audience); the networks don’t have some magical power to know what you’re watching unless you’ve consented to that sort of intervention

    • Rup

      This is ridiculous! Fringe is an amazing piece of television! For FOX to do this, is just idiocy! I’m praying that another network picks it up, when FOX cancels it. But im also done with FOX, if/when Fringe is cancelled. Fringe is the only reason i ever watch FOX, so if Fringe goes, so does FOX.

    • DebraD

      I thought that Fringe was doing well. Why move it to Fridays? Of course, as a viewer, it is nice to have some good showsnto watch on Fri when away from my DVR!

  • Dean

    See ya, Running Wilde. You were a big fat failure.

    • Flip

      But totally hilarious nonetheless.

  • LOL

    Idol is finished.

    • SandraV

      The power of GLEE!!!

      • oh please

        ahahahaha…AI crushes Glee–big time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like Glee–but I will admit–AI is a show about contestants with passion…so AI wins.

  • samara

    WHY ARE THEY KILLING FRINGE??? WHY???? WHY????? WHY???? WHY???? WHY????? WHY????WHY???? WHY????? WHY????WHY???? WHY????? WHY????WHY???? WHY????? WHY????

    They are just GIVING UP ON IT and letting it die!!!!! I WILL NEVER WATCH FOX AGAIN AS LONG AS I LIVE and THAT IS A SOLEMN PROMISE!

  • sunsetsnow81

    What the…? Bones to Thurs at nine. Why can’t they just leave this show alone. Just messed up my lineup on the worst night for trying to watch/DVR several shows. AI was fine in its old time slot.

  • Lance

    This post was kind of like the Da Vinci Code…poorly written and confusing.

    • Diana

      This, so much.

    • reason

      I don’t know if it is the poster’s fault, or Fox’s schedule is just that ridiculous?? Seems like they don’t want anything (Save Idol) to survive.

  • MikerMan

    FRINGE ON FRIDAYS? WHYYY???? FOX WHY DO YOU CONSTANTLY TREAT THIS SHOW LIKE GARBAGE??????

  • samara

    They took Fringe out of a perfectly good Tuesday time slot and stuck it in the HARDEST slot of the week (Thursdays at 9) and THEY ARE LEAVING IT TO DIE ON FRIDAYS NOW!!!!!

  • Rachael

    why are they moving Fringe to where shows go to die????

    • tipsy

      because they want to kill it. I adore this show but this is the end, folks. friday night killed all the sci fi with struggling ratings. All of them :(

  • laurette

    It’s Star Trek all over again. (FRINGE) It’s exactly the way NBC killed Star Trek by putting it on Fridays.

    • Jason

      man you must be old if you remember Star Trek on NBC

      • Kiki

        Or maybe she knows how to read! :-)

  • Barry

    Fringe is dead on Fridays.

    • Tarc

      Considering that most of the rest of the FOX schedule is *garbage*, it’s really perplexing why they’d move a great show to Friday. I guess I’ll just stop watching network – network programming is constantly devolving to drivel for zombies. Most all of the cable shows have been pretty great.

      • Chris

        Including the cable show that’s actually got zombies in it!

  • sheilar8

    ugh this sucks they are moving idol to thurs @ 8. this is when vampire diaries is on! i’m def not missing vampire diaries so i guess i’ll have to watch idol online.

    • Robert

      i dont think you can watch idol online

    • :)

      They have these things now. I think they’re called DVRs. They allow you to watch one show and record another. It’s incredible technology.

      • Michelle

        Except when Thursday comedies on NBC conflict too and you don’t have a second DVR. I feel you sheilar8. I’ve watched Idol forever, but this move pisses me off.

  • laurette

    Jesus, the people working on Fringe have got to be so demoralized by this. This is the best show on television right now, and furthermore, I think this is the most significant sci-fi TV show-killing since the original Star Trek was killed by NBC. (And yes, I was around for that as a viewer)

    • Topher

      What about firefly? Wasn’t that a significant sci-fi show that died on firday?

  • John

    While I’m sad that Fringe is going to Fridays I don’t see what other option FOX had.
    Need to launch a new show out of House on Mondays, doesn’t fit on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, Bones is much stronger on Thursdays so really Fridays was the only place it could go.

    • kathy60

      The other option FOX has is keep Idol to one night a week. Now that they are cutting the contestants from 24 to 12 right off the bat, they don’t need to hog up two nights a week. Or, better yet, cancel the show completely!!!!!! It’s getting old.

  • laurette

    Fox has an excellent alternative option: They can go f— themselves with a razor blade ring.

    • Casey

      I vote this. It’s like they have something against good shows. I didn’t discover Firefly until recently, but now that I have I’m pissed at Fox for that. Dollhouse’s cancellation irritated me a little, but the show was always all over the place anyway. But this…if Fringe gets cancelled because of this…I am done with Fox. It’s not like I watch anything else on the damn network. I dropped Glee weeks ago, so all I have left is Fringe. So when I say that I will never watch anything on Fox ever again, I really mean it.

      • BrownCoat

        Firefly rocks!

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