Fox Announces Premiere Dates for American Idol, The Following

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Fox has announced the return date for the highest-rated show on television and the premiere date for the best new show on television.

AMERICAN IDOL will launch Season 12 with a two-night event that kicks off on January 16 a8 8 p.m. It will feature new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

THE FOLLOWING, an incredible drama that stars Kevin Bacon as a FBI agent and James Purefoy as a serial killer, bows on January 21 at 9 p.m.

TOUCH will take over for Fringe and premiere February 1 at 9 p.m.

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