Big changes are ahead for television’s most-watched talent show. American Idol moves to Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning with a two-night premiere event Wednesday, Jan. 19 and Thursday, Jan. 20.

Fox announced the midseason schedule late Friday, shifting the longrunning series — now in its 10th season — to Wednesdays and Thursdays from its longtime home on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The switch means more big change for Idol, which is bringing in new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez after the departures of Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi.

The show’s ratings have been declining, with this year’s finale between winner Lee DeWyze and runner-up Crystal Bowersox drawing about 24 million viewers, down 5 million from 2009. According to TV industry analysts, Thursday night has historically been one of primetime television’s highest-rated nights. The midweek move can lead to an increase in ratings for Idol. The show’s ratings have been declining, the show’s May finale between winner Lee DeWyze and runner-up Crystal Bowersox drawing about 24 million viewers, down 5 million from just a year before.



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