"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" to WATL (It’s true)

In a move that may be related to WTBS changing its format and becoming WPCH-TV, a thread on Radio-Info’s Atlanta TV board is stating that Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, now currently airing on NBC affiliate WXIA-TV, is moving to sister station WATL-TV this fall. Both stations are owned by Gannett. WATL is scheduled to air the game shows between 7 and 8 p.m.

World News and Entertainment Tonight on ABC affiliate WSB-TV are traditionally the top-rated shows in prime access, with Wheel at 7:30 p.m. coming in second.

Jeopardy! has come in third in its 4:30 p.m. slot behind Oprah and Divorce Court.

Current time period occupant The Simpsons is expected to move to 11 p.m. It’s likely to be a full hour (like it is now at 7 p.m.), and will replace repeats of Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond, which also air on WTBS. WPCH-TV is expected to carry the sitcoms exclusively in the Atlanta market this fall.

WXIA is scheduled to replace the 4:30 airing of Jeopardy! with another airing of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Millionaire already airs at 4. Crosswords, a new game show from Merv Griffin and Program Partners, is scheduled to air at 12:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, WTBS is already starting the transition somewhat, with Still Standing replacing the no longer-syndicated Home Improvement at 3 p.m. (in Atlanta only.) Home Improvement still airs on TBS’ national feed at the same time. Reruns of Diff’rent Strokes is now airing in Atlanta at 2 p.m., instead of Fresh Prince.

The national TBS last week started airing repeats of Just Shoot Me at 1 p.m.

updated and corrected on 2007-08-10 at 18:35. (Misstated that Jeopardy! airs in prime access on WXIA, when it does not. In other words, we’ve got to get our facts straight!)