The last-minute shelving of FOX’s game show “Our Little Genius” and next week’s State of the Union address could end up being a good thing for “Human Target.”
The president’s annual address to Congress and the country will air at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 27. All of the big four broadcast networks (along with PBS and the cable news channels) will air it live, resulting in the usual schedule tweaking on the nets’ part.
FOX had scheduled “Human Target” for 8 o’clock on the 27th, followed by an “American Idol’s” Los Angeles auditions episode. Instead, though, both shows will move to Tuesday, Jan. 26, with “Idol” at 8 leading into “Human Target” at 9. (“Idol’s” Dallas auditions will air at 8 p.m. on the 27th.)
That’s good news for the “Human Target,” which will get one more airing with an “Idol” lead-in feeing it viewers. The show premiered Sunday to a decent-sized audience of just over 10 million people. A repeat of the pilot on Tuesday night post-“Idol” did almost as well in viewers (9.2 million) and actually improved on the premiere’s adults 18-49 rating.
The Tuesday “Human Target” replaces the season premiere of “Kitchen Nightmares,” which will move to Friday, Jan. 29. That was scheduled to be the show’s home all along — it moved to Tuesday to replace “Our Little Genius,” the game show FOX pulled at the last minute over concerns about potential improper communications with contestants.
The other networks’ plans for Jan. 27 are as follows:
ABC: “Modern Family” and “The Middle” reruns at 8, State of the Union at 9, “Cougar Town” rerun at 10:30.
CBS: “Old Christine” and “Gary Unmarried” reruns at 8, State of the Union 9, “Two and a Half Men” rerun at 10:30.
NBC: “Mercy” rerun at 8, State of the Union coverage from 9 to 11.
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