Buzzing the internet this evening is the word that conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham is taking over the 10 p.m. slot on Fox News Channel, and that Hannity is moving to 9 p.m. EDT.
Although the announcement was not officially made by FOX, everyone in the media has been given the leak to create the buzz for the upcoming move.
Hannity, which currently airs at 10 p.m., has seen a pop in ratings since Trump took office. But “The Five” has been a total failure in the 9 p.m. slot, losing out to Rachel Maddow at MSNBC for the top ratings spot. The Five originally aired at 5 p.m.
With the firing of Eric Bolling and the cancellation of “The Specialists” at 5 p.m., Fox News is allegedly moving “The Five” back to the 5 p.m. time slot. Thus, it looks to be The Five at 5 p.m., Hannity at 9 p.m., and Laura Ingraham at 10 p.m.
The launch date for Ingraham’s new show is unknown.
Insiders at Fox News believe moving Hannity back to 9 p.m. is the network’s only chance to compete against MSNBC.
The move with Ingraham has its risks. Although she is well known to the FOX audience, and her pro-Trump commentary is sure to go over well with viewers, her track record of having a TV show isn’t very good.
In the late 1990s, she became a CBS commentator and hosted the MSNBC program Watch It! Several years later, in 2008, she landed a show on the Fox News Channel in the 5 p.m. slot. The show was called Just In and it lasted just three weeks.
A YouTube clip showing chaotic behind the scenes with Ingraham and her crew during “Just In” went viral years ago. Here it is.
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