In a story first exclusively broken (ok, I jest, kinda) yesterday by TV by the Numbers commenter "Romo" a flip-flopping of the divisional round of the NFL playoff schedule yesterday caused FOX to lose its huge planned NFL lead-in for the premiere of on January 17 (followed by the two-hour premiere of 24).
Here's the original comment from Romo:
Fox was supposed to have the sunday 1:00 game on jan 10 but they flipped with CBS & now Fox has the 4:40 game.
Now it was just announced CBS & Fox also switched jan 17.
Fox was supposed to have the 4:45 game but now on jan 17 they have the 1:00 game.
Bottom line Fox lost their direct leadin for ‘’ & ‘24 on jan 17.
at NO, 4:30 (FOX)
at IND, 8 (CBS)
at MIN, 1 (FOX)
at SD, 4:45 (CBS)
I meant to post that yesterday, and forgot (sorry "Romo"!) but today The Futon Critic has a post up about it noting that a repeat of the season 7 finale of 24 at 7pm will serve as the lead-in to (with the two-hour premiere of 24 following afterward).