By James Hibberd
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The Fox network is shaking up Wednesday night by swapping reality hit “American Idol” and the new police procedural “Lie to Me.”
Once the singing competition moves into the finals March 11, Fox will pivot “Idol” to 9 p.m., turning its ratings Death Star against ABC’s “Lost” for the rest of season.
The Tim Roth-starring “Lie to Me” will stay out of the way by shifting to 8 p.m.
Though “Idol” and “Lost” tend to have different audiences, last week Fox aired a two-hour “Idol” that stretched into the 9 p.m. hour and seemed to take a little steam out of the mystery thriller, whose ratings have fallen with each episode this season.
For “Lie,” the move is a mixed blessing. The drama won’t have nearly as much competition at 8 p.m. Wednesday, but it won’t have “Idol” for a lead-in either.
This is the first time in two years that “Lost” has faced “Idol.”