Fox News switcheroo: Tucker Carlson takes Kelly slot
January 6, 2017
Fox News Channel wasted no time in replacing Megyn Kelly.
Two days after the host of “The Kelly File” announced she was leaving for NBC, the network said it will move Tucker Carlson into her 9 p.m. timeslot.
In fact, he’ll take over as of Monday.
Carlson joined FNC in November, inheriting the 7 p.m. hour that had been occupied by Greta van Susteren.
In its brief run, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” has averaged 2.8 million total viewers and 515,000 adults 25-54, according to Nielsen, improving its timeslot over last year by more than 20 percent on each measure and topping the combined averages for CNN and MSNBC at 7 p.m.
That made it a no-brainer to pull him into the primetime lineup.
He has big shoes to fill, obviously. Kelly had her best month in November, averaging 3.4 million total viewers, and she has FNC’s No. 2 show behind “The O’Reilly Factor,” which will be “Tonight’s” lead-in at 8 p.m.
MacCaullum takes over at 7
Taking Carlson’s place at 7 p.m. will be Martha MacCallum, who will anchor the show “The First 100 Days,” about, you guessed it, Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office.
FNC also said it will expand “Watters’ World,” a segment hosted by Jesse Watters on “Factor,” into a weekly program at 8 p.m. Saturdays
Kelly’s NBC shows won’t bow for some time, but it was of no benefit to the network to have her continue after committing to the broadcaster.
By moving swiftly and decisively, Fox News no doubt wanted to reassure advertisers, who have noted the turnover at the network in recent months, including van Susteren, Gretchen Carlson and co-founder Roger Ailes, who left after Carlson and later others including Kelly accused him of sexual harassment.
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