ABC Asks 'Lost' to Stay Up Later
The network has decided to move "Lost" to the 10 p.m. ET timeslot on Wednesdays, starting with its return from hiatus on Feb. 7. That should make ABC affiliates happy, as they'll have a much better lead-in for their local newscasts, and it's likely to give ABC's prime-time ratings a substantial boost in that hour.
ABC will try out a
The changes could spell an early end to "Day Break," the show that replaced "Lost" in the 9 p.m. Wednesday spot last month. It was scheduled to run for 12 weeks straight during "Lost's" hiatus, but it will have aired no more than eight epsiodes (including the two-hour premiere) before the new comedies debut. ABC hasn't said anything about the fate of the series.
In addition to addressing its 10 p.m. problems on Wednesdays, ABC's move also gets "Lost" out of what will be a brutally competitive timeslot starting in January.
"Lost" is still a pretty big hit for ABC -- it averaged 17.8 million viewers per week in its fall run and is a top-five show among the adults 18-49 that advertisers adore. Still, its total audience was down by better than 2 million viewers compared to its first six episodes last season, so moving it to a less cutthroat time period -- it will air opposite CBS' "
The bad news, of course, is that the two new comedies will have to fend for themselves against "Idol" and "Criminal Minds."
"The Knights of Prosperity," whose premiere date was pushed back from October, stars
The Wednesday shakeup also means ABC will move its