Jeff Labrecque
March 11, 2009 AT 07:24 PM EDT

Fox is going in for the kill. Beginning tonight, American Idol and Lie to Me will swap time slots, with the impressive new Tim Roth drama kicking things off at 8 p.m., and the ratings juggernaut starting an hour later at 9 p.m. Impact? For Idol: probably none. But Lie to Me will now have to make do without the most popular lead-in on the grid.

More importantly, the switch could really put the pressure on ABC’s Lost, which was barely edging out Lie to Me and CBS’s Criminal Minds in its 9 p.m. time slot. Ratings for the island drama have progressively declined this season, and a two-hour Idol in February indicated additional vulnerability.

How is this going to change your Wednesday nights? Lost is a repeat tonight, but can American Idol and Lost co-exist? Or will Idol cut further into Lost’s losses even when Sawyer & Co. return next Wednesday?  And what about Lie to Me? Can the frosh procedural stand on its own?

addCredit(“Lost: Mario Perez/ABC; Cowell: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images”)

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