“Idol” will premiere this year on Wednesday night, with results on Thursday — a switch from its Tuesday and Wednesday time slot the last nine years.
Could it be because “Dancing with the Stars,” which airs Monday and Tuesday nights, was nipping at the heels of that talent contest and even outdrew it for the first time last April?
Halperin says competition is part of the reason for the night switch. But it also provides a cover for falling ratings. “If they dip, producers can blame it on the night change,” she said.
Halperin also believes Fox is trying to nurture its other big moneymaker, “Glee,” which will be showcased on Tuesday, instead of following “Idol.”
“Idol” goes through a stage makeover every three years and this year, Halperin expects substantial changes.
“They just want to ramp everything up,” she said.