New Orbit for 'Veronica Mars'
Show moves to Tuesdays, away from 'Idol'
March 23 2006Last Modified March 23 2006, 10:07 AM PST -->

LOS ANGELES -- UPN is sending "Veronica Mars" back to her old home for the remainder of the season, which may be both good and bad news for the series.Starting *edit* APRIL 11th, "Veronica" will air at 9 p.m. ET Tuesdays -- the same timeslot it held last season. Repeats are scheduled to air on Wednesdays for at least the next two weeks; plans for after that "will be announced shortly," the network says.

With the move, "Veronica Mars" will lose its strong lead-in, "America's Next Top Model," which helped boost the critically loved high-school noir's ratings in the fall. "Veronica's" ratings have suffered in recent airings, however, partly due to the absence of "Top Model" and partly due to the return of "American Idol." For the season, it's averaging about 2.4 million viewers per week, just about even with its numbers this time last year.

Moving the show to Tuesdays does get it out of "Idol's" path, as well as that of ABC's "Lost" and CBS' "Criminal Minds." It will, however, have to go up against FOX's "House" and CBS' emerging hit "The Unit."What the change means for "Veronica's" chances to make the jump to The CW next season remains to be seen. UPN President Dawn Ostroff, who will run the new network, is a fan of the show. Still, its marginal ratings make a pickup for The CW, which will feature programs from both UPN and The WB, less than certain.


  • I'm speechless. When were they going to tell us?

    By Blogger tvgirl13, at 3/23/2006 01:52:00 PM  

  • Hey, i have no idea - part of me wonders if Rob knew and that is why he's holding the press conference but then realistically I think the ratings came out this morning and UPN realized they are getting killed by IDOL and LOST and lets move it!

    Too bad that for a while Idol will still overlap but eventually they will go to the 1 hour performance show on Tuesday and then the half hour on Wed which will free up Veronica to kick some ratings ass!

    Scared but excited. That is how I feel.

    By Blogger duckyxdale, at 3/23/2006 02:16:00 PM  

  • I don't feel too bad right now. I just got the Press Release from mPRm - an hour after I found out! I'm on the pulse. Pulse - Kristen Bell!

    By Blogger duckyxdale, at 3/23/2006 02:29:00 PM  

  • I feel better now that I see it doesn't start until April 11th. At least that gives UPN sometime to get the word out. I hope this works in VM's favor. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

    By Blogger TVFan, at 3/23/2006 02:42:00 PM  

  • TVFan, I'm trying to get clarification on next week or the 11th. I have SS looking into it for us all!

    By Blogger duckyxdale, at 3/23/2006 03:17:00 PM  

  • Okay, just got clarification... it is April 11th not next week that VM will move to Tuesdays! Time to promote!

    By Blogger duckyxdale, at 3/23/2006 03:24:00 PM  

  • So is this the first question that we should ask Rob next week - what he thinks about this move back to Tuesday?

    I am trying to stay positive - I am looking at this as a "test run" of how VM will do in that Tuesday night slot b/c that is where it is going to be when it is on the CW schedule in the fall, on Tuesday at 9, right behind GG.

    If VM can just get the numbers up just a little bit from where it's been lately on Wed night, I think we're golden.

    By Blogger Magnolia, at 3/23/2006 05:08:00 PM  

  • Could you please start watching television programming that:
    1) anyone cares about
    2) I at least like, so your blog would make any sense
    3) star the following people:
    -Rue McLanahan
    -Betty White
    -Estelle Getty
    -Beatrice Aurthur
    4) are the Sopranos.

    By Anonymous Dan Is A DB, at 3/27/2006 05:43:00 PM  

  • Twunts like you are why good television shows go off the air. Maybe you should have checked out Arrested Development when it was on, not after it was removed for eternity. That would have helped some...

    Who's the db now?

    By Blogger duckyxdale, at 3/28/2006 11:56:00 AM  

  • yep. still you.

    By Anonymous dan is a db, at 3/28/2006 05:39:00 PM  

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