"LOST" Likely to Change Timeslot, Again
The producers and writers of ABC's hit drama "LOST" Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have appeared on a Detroit radio talk show program saying they were not happy with the show's 10 p.m. timeslot and that it is likely the drama would move to a new timeslot next season.
Although ABC is yet to announce its schedule for the 2007-2008 season, the network has given fans of "LOST" strong indication the show would air next year non-stop, most likely like FOX's "24" January-May without repeats.
After what many fans considered a lackluster beginning of the third season last fall when the show averaged 16-18 million viewers, the drama returned this February in a later timeslot, but shed millions of viewers in the process, now averaging about 12 million.
Originally, "LOST" aired at 8 p.m. in its first season, then moved to 9 p.m. the following year. In January of this year, ABC announced "LOST" would air as a lead-out to an all-sitcom line-up at 10 p.m. The comedies have however flopped.
Over 3 million people now catch up with the show using TiVo and other DVR systems, as well as Internet-based platforms, such as I-Tunes, ABC.com and other, which is what viewer erosion is largely attributed to.
The producers also believe "LOST" may exhaust its viewers, for which reason it works better earlier in the evening. Will the networks listen to these concerns? We will know for sure in less than 2 weeks.
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