ABC Slots American Idol Directly Against The Voice, Setting Up a Monday Showdown in March

Scandal will also move to 10 p.m. Thursdays to finish its seven-season run

ABC's revival of American Idol will debut on Sunday, March 11.
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ABC isn’t shy about its American Idol reboot, announcing today that the show will face off directly against The Voice, its biggest music competition revival, when Idol debuts in March.

The network revealed its midseason premiere schedule this morning, ahead of its appearance at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. Meanwhile, one of ABC’s most successful series, Scandal, will be shifting from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays beginning March. 29 to complete its seven-season run on ABC. That will make room for the new, still-untitled spinoff of Grey’s Anatomy, which will air at 9 p.m. immediately following Grey’s. The spinoff will debut a week earlier, on March. 22, with a two-hour premiere.

Scandal’s series finale will air on April 19. The drama will be taking over at 10 for How to Get Away With Murder, which will have wrapped its season.

The new version of American Idol—featuring returning host Ryan Seacrest and new judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie—will air two-hour episodes on Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m., beginning March. 11. American Idol ran for 15 seasons on Fox before going off in the air in 2016, but just one year later, ABC announced it would be reviving the series in a controversial move that was openly questioned by its broadcast rivals.

NBC had previously announced that The Voice’s spring cycle—which will feature one of Idol’s most famous alums, Kelly Clarkson—will premiere on Monday, Feb. 26, two weeks ahead of Idol.

In contrast to Idol’s aggressive move, Fox steered clear of both American Idol and The Voice when scheduling its own new music competition series, The Four, during midseason. That show premiered last week and will conclude its season before The Voice and Idol debut.

With Idol taking over on Mondays in March after The Bachelor, ABC is delaying its next installment of Dancing With the Stars—which would normally air in that timeframe—until Monday, April 30. The celeb lineup for that season will be comprised entirely of athletes.

Following Scandal’s finale, ABC will slot in the third season of Quantico on April 26, breaking up its usual TGIT lineup of series produced by Shonda Rhimes.

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