Fox has opted not to run President Obama’s third press conference scheduled for 8:00pm tomorrow (Wednesday, April 29th) night. The network will insteadrun its regularly scheduled programming of Lie to Me at 8:00pm followed by American Idol at 9:00pm.
“Fox will be alerting viewers with an onscreen graphic at the top of the 8 p.m. (ET) hour that the press conference is available on Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network,” the net said.
The other three major nets — ABC, CBS and NBC — have all agreed to air the press conference, and will adjust their prime time lineup accordingly:
- ABC will move this week’s episodes of Scrubs and Better Off Ted (which is also its season finale) to Tuesday, May 5th
- CBS will move The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried back a week, which in turn will push the two-hour season finale of Criminal Minds to 9:00pm that night.
- NBC has repeats scheduled to air tomorrow night, so they’re schedule goes unchanged.
While Fox will certainly be taking some heat for this decision, it’s worth noting that however you may feel about Fox’s news division, the broadcast net and Fox News are two completely different entities. Additionally, Lie to Me has been dragging in the ratings recently so an unchallenged airing may help stabilize, or even grow, its numbers.