FOX has announced its temporary line-up for the 5pm slot following Glenn Beck’s departure.
Basically, everyone but the kitchen sink.
For the remainder of the summer FOX will be airing an ensemble news program called The Five, which will feature a rotating cast of FOX personalities including Greg Gutfeld, Juan Williams, Dana Perino, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Geraldo Rivera, Andrea Tantaros, Eric Bolling, and Monica Crowley, to name a few.
The thinking behind this is likely two-fold.
First, the rotating cast will keep anyone from making ratings comparisons to Beck.
As much as FOX has been pushing Beck’s declining ratings as one of the reasons for his departure — and while, yes, they are down from his 2009 heyday, he still had the third most popular show on cable this quarter — Beck’s ratings were consistently so stunning it’s unlikely anyone will match them for a long time to come. FOX doesn’t want viewers reminded of that.
Second. It seems likely they are holding the slot for Megyn Kelly. Kelly, FOX’s rising star, went on maternity leave in April and relaunching her in the 5pm hours is likely FOX’s best chance of upping her profile and hanging on to some of the ratings Beck brought in.
Here’s the full announcement via Mediaite.
FOX NEWS CHANNEL TO DEBUT 5PM
ENSEMBLE OPINION PROGRAM ON JULY 11
“The Five” to Replace Glenn Beck Through Summer
FOX News Channel (FNC) will launch a new weekday program on July 11th at 5 PM/ET, announced Bill Shine, Executive Vice President of Programming for the network. Entitled The Five, the program will serve as a replacement for Glenn Beck during the summer.
The new opinion show will feature a roundtable ensemble of five rotating FOX personalities who will discuss, debate and debunk the hot stories, controversies and issues of the day.
In making the announcement, Shine said, “The Five brings together an eclectic group of FOX talent whose knowledge of key issues and unique insights will undoubtedly make for a dynamic program.”
Some of the revolving FOX personalities to be showcased in the weekly ensemble include: Greg Gutfeld, Juan Williams, Dana Perino, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Geraldo Rivera, Andrea Tantaros, Eric Bolling, Monica Crowley, Bob Beckel and Kimberly Guilfoyle. The program will also feature added guests, including politicians, celebrities, sports figures and key newsmakers.
Prior to the launch of The Five, FNC will run encore presentations of Glenn Beck from Monday, July 4th through Friday, July 8th. On Friday, June 30th, What Makes America Great, hosted by John Stossel will be presented at 5 PM/ET.
FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. A top five cable network, FNC has been the most watched news channel in the country for nearly 10 years and according to Public Policy Polling, is the most trusted television news source in the country. Owned by News Corp., FNC is available in more than 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top 10 programs in the genre.
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