'Commander In Chief' Gets New Home (1 Viewer)

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LOS ANGELES -- ABC has moved its freshman drama "Commander In Chief" out of the way of FOX's powerhouse Tuesday-night lineup, but the show won't exactly have an easy go of it when it returns next month.

The network says "Chief," which stars Golden Globe winner Geena Davis as the first female president, will make its return to the schedule Thursday, April 13. It will air at 10 p.m. ET Thursdays for the remainder of the season, with the thus-far successful "American Inventor" as its lead-in.

The move of "Commander In Chief" to Thursday also makes way for the somewhat surprising return of "Less Than Perfect" to the network. ABC picked up the show for a fourth season last spring but has said hardly a thing about it since then.

"Less Than Perfect," which stars Sara Rue as an assistant at a news network, will air at 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting April 18. It will be preceded by episodes of "Hope & Faith" at both 8:30 and 9 p.m.; "According to Jim" will keep its 8 o'clock berth. (Current 9 p.m. occupant "Sons & Daughters" will wrap its season on April 11.)

Additionally, newsmagazine "Primetime" will slide from Thursday to Friday for a few weeks starting April 14.

The move of "Commander In Chief" takes it out of the path of FOX's "House" and CBS' "The Unit" on Tuesday nights. But it's a good news-bad news situation, as the show will now air opposite CBS' "Without a Trace" and NBC's "ER."

It could at least have the benefit of a decent lead-in -- "American Inventor" has averaged 13.8 million viewers over its first two weeks. It should be noted, though, that those ratings came on Thursdays in which CBS didn't air its top-rated regular lineup because of its NCAA tournament coverage. "Inventor" will go head-to-head with "CSI" for the first time this week.


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