By Annie Barrett
Updated November 06, 2006 at 10:33 PM EST

Only 3.4 million peeps tuned into Thursday’s season premiere, so in a move that can only be labeled “Eff you,” Fox has switched The O.C. from 9 p.m. Thursday to 9 p.m. Wednesday this week (yet another new episode will air Thursday night). The show probably can’t fare much better against Criminal Minds and Lost than it did against CSI and Grey’s Anatomy, but If ratings improve on Wednesday, it could stay there permanently. But come on, give it a fighting chance! The show already has a sizable fan base — why couldn’t Fox air it another night? Variety‘s Josef Adalian has some good comments about the show’s trajectory.

Look at how sad the Cohens are. Ryan’s taking the news the hardest. “Go ahead, punch me in the face. I won’t unlace my fingers,” he’s thinking. Seth and Sandy’s hopeful eyes are pleading with you to watch them on Wednesdays. Kirsten’s half-smile means she’s trying to hold it together for the family but could really use some pinot grig. This does not bode well…