Network fills 10 p.m. 'Leno' slot with reality hit

NBC is offering up some heavyweight competition against “Lost.”

Peacock will be dropping “The Jay Leno Show” on Tuesday and will offer a two-hour “The Biggest Loser” that will go head to head against ABC’s season opener of “Lost.”

Move pits one of NBC’s highest-rated shows against a “Lost” premiere that has been anticipated for months. By having the second half of “Biggest Loser” from 10-11 p.m., net is extending an olive branch to the affiliates who have taken a beating since “The Jay Leno Show” has been on the air and were instrumental in having scripted programming return at 10 o’clock.

Insiders say NBC had been planning to pre-empt “Leno” on Tuesday for several days and, in skedding “Biggest Loser,” accomplished its goal to field its most competitive program against “Lost.”

Net will broadcast a one-hour recap of “The Biggest Loser” at 8, prior to segueing into the new episode, which sets up an evening of three hours of “Loser” versus three hours of “Lost.” ABC is airing a “Lost” recap at 8 p.m. before forging ahead into the debut episode of the final season.

Final night of “The Jay Leno Show” is Feb. 9 and host will return to “The Tonight Show” on March 1.

Fox may benefit from NBC’s move as well. With a recap of “Biggest Loser” at 8 instead of a new episode, “American Idol” will now have far less competition and may see a ratings uptick in a season that has been trending slightly downward from a year ago.

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