Fox has decided not to air Barack Obama’s address to the nation tomorrow night, because it fears the president’s speech will run past 9:00 p.m. and cut into the “American Idol” results show. Yeah! Only “American Idol” is allowed to run long and cut off the next show!
So what’s on at 8:00 instead of Obama?
The network will instead carry its regularly scheduled episode “Lie to Me,” according to its Web site. The show is among the network’s most popular and draws an average of 13 million viewers a week. That compares to the relatively paltry 4.2 million who watched the president’s last prime-time press conference on Fox. In all, close to 40 million watched that event on one of the eight networks that carried it. [CNN]
It feels weird to write this, but… I support Fox’s decision? I mean, this nation does still run on capitalism, and it is sweeps week, so… yeah. It’s a good business decision. It’s also kind of a dick move. But then, most business decisions are.