NEW YORK Fox is moving Glee to Thursday nights in the fall and promising changes to underperforming competition shows American Idol and The X Factor.
Fox on Monday became the second of the broadcast networks to announce next seasons schedule this week, following NBC on Sunday.
It will add two comedies this fall, turning Tuesday into a sitcom night, and one drama.
American Idol remains Foxs centerpiece, as it has been for the past decade, but the show has lost a startling quarter of its audience this season.
This year was a bigger drop-off than we anticipated, said Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly. He said Idol made no changes from last year, and there was little urgency to view at the beginning of the season.
He promised changes for next season, but he wouldnt be specific.
Theres a lot of life left in it, he said.
Simon Cowells The X-Factor did well last fall, but didnt live up to the creators inflated expectations. Shortly after the season ended, judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones were dispatched.
Fox executives on a conference call Monday would not discuss persistent reports that Britney Spears will join as a judge.
They have a splashier chance: the executives show off the new schedule before thousands of advertisers at a Manhattan theater later on Monday.
Not to be negative about the people leaving, but we just felt the mix could be more effective and more entertaining, said Peter Rice, entertainment chairman for the Fox Networks Group.
Glee, which saw ratings erosion this year, moves to Thursday and a comfortable 9 p.m. ET time slot following The X Factor in the fall and Idol in the spring. Reilly said the show is poised for a creative renaissance and has signed Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker for limited runs next season.
Part of the reason Fox moved Glee is to make Tuesday a four-sitcom night, with two new shows joining New Girl and Raising Hope. Mindy Kaling, author of The Office, creates and stars in The Mindy Project, a romantic comedy about a doctor looking for love. The other new comedy, Ben and Kate, is about a pair of odd couple siblings.
Weve been building comedy momentum on Tuesday and we finally have the shows that have exactly the tone that we are looking for, Reilly said.
The falls only new drama is The Mob Doctor on Monday night, about a young doctor who has to pay off her familys lifelong debt to the Chicago mob.
Actor Kevin Bacon has signed on for a drama that will air in midseason. The Following features Bacon as a former FBI agent asked to uncover a network of alliances between serial killers. Another comedy focused on a family, The Goodwin Games, is due at midseason and stars actor Scott Foley of Felicity and Greys Anatomy.
Foxs long-running drama House is ending its run this spring, and the network is cancelling high-profile dramas Terra Nova and Alcatraz.
Fox has also made changes to its long-running Saturday night lineup, where COPS wont return until midseason. In the fall, Fox will present live sports events like college football and NASCAR races that night.