Update: We received the following from Fox News: “Reports based on various tweets by left-wing activists are wildly inaccurate – Laura Ingraham, the top-rated woman in cable news, is now and will continue to be a prominent host and integral part of the FOX News lineup.”
It could see a major shake-up to its prime time lineup that sees Sean Hannity’s program moved to anchor the evening at 8 pm, while Jesse Watters would air at 9 pm, followed by Greg Gutfeld at 10 pm.
Of course, that would seem to push out Laura Ingraham, who has hosted “The Ingraham Angle” since October 2017, without a time slot.
At one point, 19FortyFive heard from Fox employees she could even take Tucker Carlson’s 8 pm spot.
But that now seems in the past. Ingraham may join former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who departed the conservative news channel last month.
Fox News has not confirmed that Ingraham is leaving the channel.
“No decision has been made on a new primetime line-up, and there are multiple scenarios under consideration,” a spokesperson for Fox News told Mediaite on Wednesday.
News that she could be out of a job at Fox News was mocked by liberal podcast host, and former MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann, who tweeted, “Looks like I’m not the only one who dumped Laura Ingraham.” The two had a brief relationship in the late 1990s.
Hannity Going Strong
Even as Carlson is gone from Fox News, and Ingraham could join him, Sean Hannity doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
As Mediaite also reported, as of April of last year, Hannity even eclipsed Larry King’s record for longest-running cable news time host of 25 years, six months, and 15 days.
However, it is unclear if this would be a winning strategy given that Rachel Maddow, who is on MSNBC, beat Hannity in both total views and in the key 25-54 demographic favored by advertisers on Monday.
Gutfeld – The King of Late Night?
Likewise, Gutfeld has benefited from the recent Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, as he remains the only late-night show still airing new episodes.
“I have the No. 1 late night show,” Gutfeld said Monday during Fox’s 2023 upfront presentation. “I also have the only late night show — sorry — right now, so you don’t have a choice in this matter. And I am for no choices.”
“Gutfeld!” is able to remain in production as its writers are non-union. However, even when the other late-night programs were in production, the Fox News offering was often outpacing its broadcast competitors. In April, “Gutfeld!” actually averaged 1.8 million total viewers – higher than either “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” or “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” and three times bested “Late Night With Stephen Colbert.” One factor could be that those programs split the audience, while Greg Gutfeld has little conservative competition.
It is unclear, perhaps even unlikely, that his brand of the show would draw in the same audience at the 10 pm hour. Even the undisputed King of Late Night Jay Leno had infamously tried to move from late night to the 10 pm prime hour in 2009 with disastrous results! He was quickly back at his “Tonight Show” desk, which sent Conan O’Brien packing.
It is still possible Ingraham could move to either the 7 pm slot vacated by Watters or the late-night slot – but the former would seem to be a demotion. She also seems ill-suited to late night.
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