Fox News’s latest line-up reveals the ideological shift of the network. Laura Ingraham has been moved to a prime-time slot at 7:00 p.m., giving her a better platform to reach out to “real Americans” with stories that they feel have been neglected by other networks.
Ingraham believes she can appeal to viewers no matter their political beliefs, and Jesse Watters will take over at 8 p.m. Sean Hannity remains at 9 p.m., and Greg Gutfeld moves up an hour from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. Trace Gallagher has moved from his longtime position on Fox News @ Night, which will now air at 11 p.m.
Tucker Carlson was abruptly fired one week after Fox News settled with Dominion Voting Systems for $787 million over 2020 election lies that were aired on his show, causing ratings to drop significantly in comparison to the Carlson era where he emerged as a controversial yet popular host of the network for seven years in total since debuting in 2009.
After being taken off the air, Carlson posted short monologues on Twitter despite receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Fox News, arguing that they are violating their contract with him instead of himself doing so first.
The changes made by Fox News show its shift towards an ideologically conservative viewpoint coming through even more clearly than before with its new lineup and placement of certain hosts who hold similar values such as Laura Ingraham who is “a conservative, proudly” but still appeals to viewers across both sides of the aisle.
She holds Republicans and Democrats accountable in her conversations and attempts to keep people entertained while also learning something about politics or culture in some way every night when it debuts July 17th.
Trace Gallagher also took this into account when talking about how they intend for their new positioning across all states starting at 8 PM west coast time onwards, saying “For us to be on at 8 pm in the West and 9 pm in Denver at 10 pm in Chicago and 11 pm in New York, it gives us a chance to capture audiences across the country and become America’s late news for the entire country”.
In a press release, the network revealed that Jesse Watters will take the 8 p.m. slot, directly replacing Carlson. Laura Ingraham will move from 10 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sean Hannity will stay at 9 p.m. and Greg Gutfeld will move to 10 p.m. Longtime news anchor Trace Gallagher will move up to 11 p.m.
Fox News veteran Trace Gallagher’s “Fox News @ Night” will now take over the 11 p.m. ET time slot starting on July 17. Gallagher, who has been with Fox since 1996, will be taking over Greg Gutfeld’s old time slot since he has been moved to primetime.
“It’s live, it’s live, it’s live,” Gallagher said. “Everything going on is live. So, that’s a big thing for our push to 11 p.m.… it’s 8 p.m. in California. People are still outside having dinner. It’s current. It’s now, we are still covering the news. The news day is still in progress.”
“11 p.m. traditionally across the country, regardless of where you are, 11:00 has been the news hour. That’s America’s news hour, right? Everybody knows the 11 o’clock news, you know, for local news,” Gallagher continued. “For us to be on at 8 p.m. in the West and 9 p.m. in Denver at 10 p.m. in Chicago and 11 p.m. in New York, it gives us a chance to capture audiences across the country and to become America’s late news for the entire country. That’s our goal.”
“A rotating cast of hosts stepped in to replace Carlson after he was abruptly fired from Fox News one week after it reached a $787.5 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems over the airing of 2020 election lies. The ratings dipped significantly from the Carlson era, who in his seven years helming Tucker Carlson Tonight emerged as a controversial but popular host at the network,” Mediaite reported.
“Watters joined Fox News two decades ago, working his way up from production assistant to on-air commentator on Bill O’Reilly’s hit prime-time show. In recent years, he has become one of the most-watched personalities on the network, as co-host of the top-rated show The Five and solo host of his own program Watters’ World, which debuted in the 7 p.m. slot in 2022,” the outlet added. “Perhaps the biggest shake-up is moving the top-rated late-night show Gutfeld from 11 PM to an hour earlier.”
This could potentially turn into great success for Fox if implemented properly due to its current state of being able to capture attention from many different areas possibly converting them into long-term viewers.