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American Idol: The Reason Behind the Show’s Big Move

November 29, 2010 07:00 AM by Shayla Perry

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There are a lot of changes in store for season 10 of American Idol, but the one that affects fans the most (other than the new judges, who we’re slowly getting used to) is Fox’s decision to move the results show from Wednesday to Thursday. What were the reasons behind the switch after all these years?

“We’ve been trying to break that Thursday barrier for probably 20 years,” says Fox alternative programming chief Mike Darnell. “The only way anyone’s ever broken that barrier is with a big television show, like CSI, Grey’s Anatomy, and Survivor. You have to make a big move, and we’ve got the biggest show on television, so that’s a big move.”

According to Fox entertainment chief, Kevin Reilly, the decision to move Idol was solidified when CBS moved Survivor from Thursdays to Wednesdays this season (darn you CBS!), eliminating any competition the network would have for reality show viewers.

“We were completely locked out of that night for many years,” says Reilly. “Last year we made some inroads with Fringe, but now we’ve decided to really go for it. We’ve got a very high-class problem with Idol, which is the biggest appointment show of all. It comes on like a storm of its own when it’s launched in January. So we looked at this and said, ‘Now there’s an opportunity on Thursday.’”

But while the move may prove beneficial to the network, it causes quite a problem for viewers who are used to watching Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, and 30 Rock on Thursdays. So it looks like sacrifices might have to be made come January–or at least some very strategic DVR-ing!

The season premiere of American Idol airs Wednesday, January 19 on Fox.

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