'New Girl,' 'Mindy' will follow 'American Idol'

In season two of the FOX TV series

In season two of the FOX TV series "New Girl," Jess (Zooey Deschanel) is shocked by a special request from Schmidt and then is laid off from her teaching job. (Sept. 2012) (Credit: FOX)

Trying to boost viewership for "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project," Fox will air episodes of the comedies in a special time slot following "American Idol" on Thursday, April 4.

"New Girl" will air at 9 p.m., with "The Mindy Project" airing at 9:30. The specially scheduled episodes will air in the place of a previously scheduled "Glee" repeat.

Currently, the series run Tuesday nights, in a lineup that received a jolt last month when the freshman comedy "Ben and Kate" was pulled from the schedule.

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In the absence of "Ben and Kate," the shows have been preceded by one-hour installments of "Raising Hope," Both shows suffered ratings declines with their most recent airings.

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