Fox shortens 'American Idol' results show; 'Sleepy Hollow' finale in January

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Fox is shortening American Idol for its 13th season next year. The network is giving the singing competition a 30-minute results show on Thursday nights for at least eight weeks instead of its usual hour-long show.

The revelation was contained in Fox’s midseason premiere date announcement (most dates below). Fox plans to add eight-episode sitcom Surviving Jack to its Thursday lineup at some point in midseason at 8:30 p.m., with Idol running for a half hour at 8 p.m. during those weeks. Fox hasn’t run a half-hour Idol results show since 2007.

Though the scheduling clearly helps promote new sitcom Surviving Jack, starring Christopher Meloni, it also could be seen as a reaction to Idol‘s performance, since the veteran series took another ratings downturn last season. ABC cut its Dancing with the Stars results show all-together this fall after similar age-related ratings drops.

Also in the release: Greg Kinnear’s legal drama Rake is coming Jan. 19. The season finale for 13-episode Sleepy Hollow will be used to launch season 2 of The Following (then Hollow will return next fall). And new guy-friendly military comedy Enlisted has been d-listed to Friday nights. Check it out below:

FOX SEASON AND SERIES PREMIERE DATES
(Times for All-New Episodes are ET/PT Except as Noted)

Friday, Jan. 10:
9:30-10:00 PM                        ENLISTED (Series Premiere)

Saturday, Jan. 11:
11:00 PM-Midnight                 ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF, featuring
LUCAS BROS. MOVING CO. and GOLAN THE INSATIABLE

Wednesday, Jan. 15:
8:00-10:00 PM                        AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part One)

Thursday, Jan. 16:
8:00-10:00 PM                        AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part Two)

Sunday, Jan. 19:
6:00-10:00 PM ET                  NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Live)
10:00-11:00 PM ET/               RAKE (Series Premiere, Night One)
7:00-8:00 PM PT

Monday, Jan. 20:
8:00-9:00 PM                          SLEEPY HOLLOW (Season Finale; Special Time)
9:00-10:00 PM                        THE FOLLOWING (Season Premiere)

Thursday, Jan. 23:
8:00-9:00 PM                          AMERICAN IDOL (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM                        RAKE (Series Premiere, Night Two / Time Period Premiere)

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