'American Idol' Fans, You'll Want to Know About This Schedule Change

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We may only be a month into American Idol's 2024 season, but the show is already packing in the talent!

Every Sunday night, fans tune in to ABC to catch up-and-coming artists vie for their chance at stardom. And season 7 has already caused a ton of buzz, thanks in part to the news of judge Katy Perry leaving American Idol after the show airs its finale in the spring. And between discovering Emmy Russell's legendary country music lineage, Blake Proehl switching from sports to music, and Kyra Waits finally getting her ticket to Hollywood, we can confidently say the show is bringing plenty more twists.

But in what is perhaps the biggest switch-up so far, viewers may be surprised to learn American Idol isn't airing a new episode tonight. The reason behind it makes sense, and we've got the answer you want about when the next new episode will drop.

When is American Idol coming back with new episodes?

It's time to mark your calendars, because a new episode of American Idol will air on Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 8 p.m. ET.

While it may be surprising to learn American Idol won't air a new episode this week, there is a very good explanation for it. The change in schedule is due to the 2024 Academy Awards, which will air on ABC starting at 7 p.m. ET and continue through the competition show's usual time slot.

"May the fourth be with me on March tenth," wrote Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel in a post announcing the time and date of the annual ceremony on Instagram on February 29.

Given how viewers will need to wait a week before seeing the latest round of American Idol auditions, it may help to catch up on what happened previously ahead of the new episode. Thankfully, Hulu has the last installments available to stream, making it super easy to recap.

Should folks not have an account for Hulu, the streamer has plans which start at $7.99 per month. Once you're ready, click on the show title page on the official website or on-the-go with the Hulu app.

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