Starting March 11, when the singing competition enters the finals, its Wednesday results shows will air an hour later, at 9 pm/ET - putting it in a position to take some wind out of Lost's sails.
This will mark the first time in two years that ABC's trippy serial will regularly go toe-to-toe with the reality juggernaut, the Hollywood Reporter notes.
This scheduling news comes just days after a "special" two-hour Wednesday Idol outing knocked Lost's Nielsens down a peg. For me, it brings to mind that Bud Fox quote from Wall Street: "How many yachts can you water-ski behind, Kevin Reilly?"
Fox's switcheroo also means a harsh truth for Tim Roth's Lie to Me. Though the recently premiered drama has thrived in its apres-Idol time slot, come March 11 it will be left to open the night at 8 pm, albeit against lesser competition (e.g. Knight Rider, Top Model).