With the announcement that 21-year Fox News veteran Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to host his show The O’Reilly Factor, the top-rated cable news network immediately set to work rearranging its weekday programming schedule:
NEW FOX PRIMETIME:
5pm – Bolling
7pm – Martha McCallum
8pm – Tucker
9pm – The Five
10 – Hannity pic.twitter.com/92f5nEUFbp
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) April 19, 2017
Probably the least surprising move was Tucker Carlson moving to the coveted 8pm time slot. Ever since he replaced Megyn Kelly last January after her departure for NBC, Carlson’s show has drawn even higher ratings than The Kelly File did, which makes Tucker Carlson Tonight a natural fit to succeed The O’Reilly Factor. The Five, meanwhile, gets a bump into prime time, where I’m sure Dana Perino will do her best to make sure Greg Gutfeld behaves himself (but not too much, I hope).
The Five will have to soldier on without Eric Bolling, however, since he’ll be anchoring his own show at 5pm. Martha McCallum will round out the 7pm slot, with Special Report staying in its usual spot at 6pm.