"LOST" Moves to Thursdays at 10 in April
ABC is putting together its spring schedule and the first order of business - how to schedule new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost" - has already been resolved, with the two blockbuster shows now scheduled to air back to back on Thursdays from 9/8c. Furthermore, the network is expected to stick with such schedule the next season.
The revised Thursday night schedule is:
8:00-9:00 PM UGLY BETTY
9:00-10:00 PM GREY'S ANATOMY
10:00-11:00 PM LOST
Such schedule should make ABC even more competitive than it had been since it successfully moved its hit medical drama from Sunday nights in the fall of 2006.
The network has however struggled to find the best fit out of "Grey's" with "Six Degrees," "Men in Trees," "October Road" and "Big Shots" all airing in the timeslot and failing to meet the high expectations.
This year's former timeslot occupant "Big Shots" was losing over half of "Grey's" audience and is expected to get canceled.
But is the move going to benefit "Lost"? Obviously, the ability of "Grey's Anatomy" to provide "Lost" with enormous lead-in audience is somewhat irrelevant. Loyal "Lost" fans will tune into the show regardless. Plus many of them don't necessarily care about the medical soap.
On the other hand, "Lost" numbers do appear to go down when the show moves to a later timeslot. Being such an exhausting show to follow, it simply works best at an earlier time.
The amateur programmer in me can't help thinking ABC would have been better off starting the night off with "Lost," followed by "Grey's Anatomy" and new episodes od "Private Practice" and moving "Ugly Betty" to Sunday nights before the combo of "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters."
In any event, ABC may interrupt the current run of "Lost" with the March 13 episode (#407). The 8th episode which was originally scheduled for March 20 would actually air in April, kicking off the final batch of 6 episodes (#408-#413).