This week, in the midst of the avalanche of major breaking news stories on many different fronts, a big story affecting the future of the Fox News Channel (FNC) can now be told. Very soon, there is going to be a major makeover of Fox News’s once-dominant, but lately faltering, prime-time schedule. The implications for Fox – the nation’s leading conservative news source – as well as for the rest of the mainstream media, and for the future of the nation itself, are enormous.
As I have been reporting in recent months (see list of articles below), the Fox News channel represents the last bulwark against the complete compromise and total collapse of the mainstream media and its final descent into the cesspool of fake news and Deep State propaganda that is dedicated to destroying the presidency of Donald J. Trump. If Trump goes, so does what’s left of the nation’s constitutional republic, including our traditional freedoms and our national sovereignty.
On Monday, August 14, Matt Drudge let the cat out of the bag, as he occasionally does (remember the Lewinsky scandal?), with an enigmatic tweet that congratulated veteran radio and TV talk host Laura Ingraham on her move to Fox News prime time this fall. This tantalizing tweet was followed in short order by reports in other media advancing long simmering speculation that the FNC prime-time schedule will soon be changed – for the third time this year. Many of these reports suggested that the change will result in the program The Five moving from 9 P.M. E.T. back to 5 P.M., with Laura Ingraham taking over the 9 P.M. hour.
Last month, two independent, high-level sources confirmed that major prime-time schedule changes at the Fox News news channel would indeed be in place by early fall. This and other high-level, inside source reporting, at the request of one of the confidential sources, was withheld until this week.
I am now able to report exclusively that on Tuesday, August 15 one of my reliable sources insisted with “1,000% certainty” that Fox News management wants Sean Hannity for the all-important 9 P.M. hour. “That’s the most likely scenario” of the changes being discussed, the source added.
While no contracts have been signed and no final decisions have been made, it appears, as of this writing, that the fall 2017 Fox News channel prime-time schedule will most likely be Tucker Carlson Tonight at 8, Hannity at 9, and (possibly if not probably) a new program hosted by Laura Ingraham at 10. In any case, it looks as if The Five will be returning to its former 5 P.M. time slot.
If this information holds true, the lead story today is that Sean Hannity will soon be going head to head against MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in a battle of the cable TV news titans (“titans” meaning the #1 and #2 hosts in the ratings).
Even without inside sources and leaks, a dedicated viewer of Fox News who pays attention to television ratings might have concluded that a major change is in the air. On April 19, Fox News’s most popular host, Bill O’Reilly, was fired after escalating news reports of sexual harassment and a well-organized advertiser boycott. O’Reilly’s 8 P.M. nightly program – #1 in all of cable news for the previous fifteen years – was given to Tucker Carlson. Hannity remained at 10 P.M., but, in a scheduling move that seemed questionable, the often boisterous and hard to take ensemble talk show The Five went from 5 P.M. to 9 P.M., previously the home of Tucker Carlson before he was moved to 8 P.M. Carlson had moved into the 9 P.M. time slot last January when Megyn Kelly left FNC for NBC News.
The dominant ratings of the Fox News Channel have never quite recovered since the latest schedule change in May. Right out of the gate in prime time, The Five has under-performed at 9 P.M. That has allowed MSNBC host Rachel Maddow – now in her ninth year at 9 P.M. – to pull ahead of Fox News and CNN at that critical hour in both total viewers and the preferred demographic or demo (viewers 25-54 years of age). Maddow has benefited not only from Fox’s weak programming at 9 P.M., but also from heightened interest in the consistent hard-left anti-Trump theme of her program – which is drawing new viewers from the large pool of people on the Resist Trump bandwagon. On most nights now, Rachel Maddow has the #1 show on all of prime-time cable TV news.
Despite the weak lead-in that The Five provides to the 10 P.M. hour, Hannity, who has been on Fox News in prime time since the day the network went live in 1996, has maintained his ratings dominance. More often than not, Hannity wins his time slot against the competition on MSNBC and CNN and has the #1 prime-time show on the Fox News Channel.
If Hannity winds up challenging Maddow this fall, it will be interesting – and of critical importance to all of us, whether we are cable news viewers or not – to see what happens.
For more information,
Ret. Gen. McInerney: Be ready to nuke North Korea August 11, 2017 American Thinker
Pat Buchanan tells Sean Hannity the Deep State is out to get Donald Trump August 10, 2017 American Thinker
New effort to destroy Hannity with O’Reilly-type advertiser boycott August 4, 2017 American Thinker
Is Rod Wheeler lying now about Seth Rich’s murder? Sy Hersh seems to think so. August 3, 2017 American Thinker
The Seth Rich case is back on the front burner – and it now involves the Trump White House! August 2, 2017 American Thinker
Hannity takes on CNN and targets corruption in the investigations of President Trump June 29, 2017 American Thinker
Smithsonian Magazine Exhumes Joe Pyne to Attack Today’s Conservative Talkers June 28, 2017 American Thinker
Washington Post targets Sean Hannity (again) – and that should tell us something June 24, 2017 American Thinker
Hannity for the defense: Fox News stalwart shines June 21, 2017 American Thinker
Peter Chowka is a veteran journalist who writes about national politics, media, popular culture, and health care. He is a frequent contributor to American Thinker and The Hagmann Report. His latest website is AltMedNews.net.