Fox Keeps ‘Idol’ on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Nov 30, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Fox will keep its top-rated music reality series “American Idol” on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, bucking rumors that had the network moving the show to Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“Idol’s” fifth season begins with a two-hour premiere Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. (ET) and a one-hour episode Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m., followed by a special premiere of Fox’s new reality competition series “Skating With Celebrities” at 9 p.m.

Fox’s other high-profile returning midseason premiere, “24,” debuts with a two-day, four-hour event Sunday, Jan. 15, and Monday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. Like last season, “24” will air original episodes on Mondays at 9 p.m. with no repeats for the rest of the season.

“Skating” moves to its regular 8 p.m. time period Monday, Jan. 23, followed by “24.” Fox has not announced when the “Idol” half-hour results show will move to its regular 9 p.m. Wednesday time slot.

Medical drama “House” will remain in its current 9 p.m. Tuesday time period, while “Bones” will move to Wednesdays at 9 p.m. following the “Idol” audition shows beginning Jan. 25.

As part of the midseason announcements, Fox made official the end of both the Friday night drama “Killer Instinct” and Thursday night’s “Reunion.” “Instinct” will have its last airing Dec. 2, while “Reunion” will air its final original episode Feb. 2.

“Trading Spouses” takes over for “Instinct” on Fridays at 9 p.m. beginning Jan. 6. “That ’70s Show” and “Stacked” replace “Reunion” in the 9 p.m. Thursday hour starting March 2.

Also back in March after “Skating” concludes is “Prison Break,” which will rerun this week’s “fall finale” episode Monday, March 13, at 8 p.m. and begin original episodes March 20.