ABC has unveiled the February premiere dates for two of the network’s highly anticipated unscripted events and series. “Jeopardy! National College Championship,” hosted by Mayim Bialik, will debut TUESDAY, FEB. 8, and “American Idol” will celebrate its fifth season on ABC and historic 20th year overall on SUNDAY, FEB. 27.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, “Jeopardy! National College Championship” is a multiconsecutive-night event that features 36 students from 36 colleges and universities from across the country, battling head-to-head for nine days of intense competition.

The tournament schedule is as follows:


Music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, along with Emmy®-winning producer and host Ryan Seacrest, return to help discover America’s next singing sensation for “American Idol”’s fifth season on ABC and 20th season overall on SUNDAY, FEB. 27 (8:00-10:00 p.m.), on ABC.

Last season, ABC’s “American Idol” ranked as the No. 1 series in its two-hour time period for the second year in a row among Adults 18-49. In addition, “American Idol” finished among the Top 5 unscripted series last season with Total Viewers (No. 4).

“Jeopardy! College National Championship” is executive produced by Michael Davies.

“American Idol” is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Megan Wolflick, also serving as showrunner, and Fremantle’s Jennifer Mullin and Trish Kinane, with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers for 19 Entertainment. Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.