Fox News Has Changed Its Prime Time the Last 5 Months, Almost As Much As the Previous 20 Years

By Chris Ariens 

Fox News, under Roger Ailes, prided itself on having one of the most stable programming lineups of any TV network–news, entertainment, sports, children’s–ANY TV NETWORK.

In fact, back in 2013 when Megyn Kelly moved into FNC’s prime time, we wrote about how the channel had only made 4 changes to its evening lineup in its previous 17 years (5 if you count Alan Colmes moving off Hannity & Colmes)

That included the January 1998 moves of the Crier Report to 10 p.m., the O‚ÄôReilly Report (renamed O’Reilly Factor) to 8 p.m. and Special Report with Brit Hume launched at 6 p.m.; the Sept. 1999 move of Fox Report with Paula Zahn from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; the January 2002 hiring of Greta Van Susteren from CNN, airing at 10 p.m.; and the Sept. 2013 moves of Megyn Kelly to 9 p.m., Hannity to 10 p.m. and Greta to 7 p.m.

Fast forward to 2017, and Fox News has made 3 major changes to its evening lineup in just the last 5 months.

In November, Tucker Carlson replaced Van Susteren at 7 p.m.; two months later, Carlson replaced Kelly at 9 p.m., and Martha MacCallum moved to 7 p.m.; and two weeks ago Carlson replaced O’Reilly at 8 p.m. and sent The Five to 9 p.m., making room for The Specialists at 5 p.m.

Despite a series of tweets last week that seemed to hint he would be leaving, we hear Sean Hannity is staying put at Fox News.