Fox has just locked in THE CHICAGO CODE for Mondays starting Feb 7th. That still leaves some questions regarding midseason for them. I have said it twice since September and I just don’t see FOX airing GLEE and IDOL on the same night. (They are currently scheduled for Wednesdays – IDOL results at 8:30 into GLEE at 9p ). When FOX set their midseason schedule last May they didn’t know for sure how GLEE would do by itself (although I assume they suspected it would be huge). Now that it’s a confirmed smash hit, I just don’t see them wasting 2 hits on the same night. ABC wouldn’t air GREYS and MODERN FAMILY on same night – you need to spread the wealth. I also think FOX wants a piece of the Thursday pie and there’s no gargantuan hit on Thurs currently. GLEE or IDOL would win the night on Thurs (and in turn win the night for FOX and probably raise lead in BONES by a few tenths). By separating GLEE and IDOL, FOX guarantees themselves a smash hit every night from Sun-Thurs. FRINGE is likely to benefit as well – airing on Wednesdays either before or after IDOL should raise it a few tenths.
Here are two scenarios that I could see FOX doing – one that leaves IDOL on Tues/Wed and one that doesn’t:
IDOL remains on Tue/Wed:
8p -AMERICAN IDOL performance show – 90 minutes (when not 2 hours). Currently FOX is planning on Idol being 90 minutes.
9:30- RAISING HOPE – with an AI lead in at 9:30, FOX’s biggest live action comedy since THAT 70s SHOW should grow even more and there are no comedies on any competing network.
8p – HUMAN TARGET/FRINGE – share this slot. After HT finishes its 13-15 ep run, FRINGE takes over maybe in April and maybe running thru June
9p – AMERICAN IDOL RESULTS
(Comedy MIXED SIGNALS is waiting in the wings.)
IDOL moves to Wed/Thu:
9p – RAISING HOPE
9:30 – MIXED SIGNALS
8p- AMERICAN IDOL performance show
9p- HUMAN TARGET/FRINGE (when IDOL not 2 hours)
9p- AMERICAN IDOL RESULTS