Fox is switching up its Wednesday schedule for the forseeable future, flip-flopping "American Idol" and "Lie To Me." This allows the Tim Roth drama to air at 8 p.m., where it will face less competition while pushing "AI" to 9 p.m., cutting into "Lost's" (ABC, 9 p.m.) ratings.
It's a smart tactic by Fox, because there's little in the 8 p.m. hour to steal viewers from the heavily promoted "Lie To Me," whereas at 9 p.m., it'd be facing the likes of "Lost," "Criminal Minds" and "Life," all of which appeal to similar demographics.
The move may force ABC to switch "Lost" back to 10 p.m., especially since "Life On Mars" hasn't picked up in the ratings since switching to Wednesdays.
We'll see how things shake out.
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If you do stay in, it's a pretty good lineup of shows, no matter what order they air.
"Lost" is new as Ben tries to convince the Oceanic Six to return to the island. It's followed by "Life On Mars" (ABC, 10 p.m.), in which the team finds a councilman with a prostitute.
CBS has new episodes of "Old Christine" (CBS, 8 p.m.) and "Gary Unmarried," followed by "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: NY."
NBC has a lineup of new stuff with "Knight Rider" at 8 p.m., followed by "Life" and "Law & Order."
On PBS, "American Masters" profiles the work of Jerome Robbins, beginning at 9 p.m.
Finally, on cable, "Damages" (FX, 10 p.m.) picks up with the unlikeliest team-up of the century: Patty Hewes and Arthur Frobisher.