The CW moves up 'Reaper' premiere
Viewers will get to fear the "Reaper" two weeks early this March.
The CW has pushed the second season premiere for "Reaper" to Tuesday, March 3, up from the previously announced March 17 launch.
In addition, The CW is putting "Reaper" in the Tuesday 8 p.m. ET time slot, pushing "90210" to the 9 p.m. hour.
The scheduling shifts, announced Tuesday (Feb. 3) by The CW, move "90210" out of the path of the "American Idol" buzzsaw, which pushed the teen soap to record low ratings in their first head-to-head showdowns.
The theory, presumably, is that the audience for "90210" is concentrated more heavily in the same young female demo that remains addicted to "Idol," while "Reaper" might draw a more varied audience.
That soul-capturing comedy, featuring Ray Wise as The Devil and Bret Harrison as bounty hunter Sam, premiered in the fall of 2007 to some of the year's best pilot reviews, but low ratings had "Reaper" very much on the bubble for renewal last spring.
The CW says the second season of "Reaper" will air 13 consecutive weeks without repeats moving toward a season finale on May 26.
The first new "90210" in its 9 p.m. slot will air on March 31, starting a run of eight consecutive new episodes culminating in a May 19 finale.
The earlier-than-expected return of "Reaper" will also mean an earlier-than-expected season finale for the critically adored (and anemically rated) first year dramedy "Privileged." That series will now air its finale original episode on Feb. 24 and will prompted head off to the bubble for renewal next season.