Bearcats Bounce "American Idol" Again
Channel 19 is doing it again to "American Idol" fans. Wednesday's two-hour show will be delayed because of the UC Bearcats-Pittsburgh basketball game. The same thing happens next Wednesday, Jan. 31, for the UC-Louisville game.
The good news: These are the only two "American Idol" pre-emptions by Ch. 19. The remaining UC games will be on weekends.
Ch. 19 "purposely stayed away from UC games that interfered with 'American Idol' voting nights," says Tony Phillips, station spokesman. Viewer voting begins Tuesday, Feb. 20, when the top 12 male singers perform.
The station also lucked out. Westwood's Robert Hatcher sang at the Birmingham auditions, which air next Tuesday.
To appease fans of the hugely popular reality show, Ch. 19 will shrink its 10 p.m. news to a half-hour Wednesday so the two-hour "American Idol" can start at 10:30 p.m.
On Jan. 31, the one-hour "Idol" will air at 11 p.m., following a one-hour local newscast. "Bones," pre-empted that night, will air at 11 p.m. Thursday. So no "Simpsons" on those nights.
For those who can get Dayton's Fox station, Ch. 45 will air "Idol" in its regular prime-time slot both weeks.