Fox News host Tucker Carlson will shift time slots to replace Megyn Kelly, the network announced Thursday.
The Drudge Report first reported the news.
TUCKER CARLSON NEW CABLE KING…
GETS 9 PM FOXNEWS https://t.co/pt0ayt53uD
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) January 5, 2017
The conservative commentator and Daily Caller founder assumed Fox’s 7 p.m. slot in November, replacing Greta Van Susteren, who left the network in September.
The Drudge Report quoted what it called a Fox insider as saying, “Tucker has already proven to be an audience powerhouse at 7 PM, now sky is the limit! FOX NEWS will not be tamed.”
Tucker will assume The Kelly File‘s 9 p.m. time slot between The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) January 5, 2017
Fox also announced that Martha MacCallum, who is co-host of the Fox News America’s Newsroom, will move into Carlson’s 7 p.m. time slot, at least initially.
She will host The First 100 Days, a show that will cover the first three months of the administration of President-elect Donald Trump.
Drudge noted that Carlson had been a success in the ratings.
The first week of his show, which debuted Nov. 14, the week after the election, was the third-highest-rated week of the year for Fox News during the 7 p.m. time slot. That week’s ratings trailed only election week and the week of the Republican National Convention.
Prior to assuming his 7 p.m. slot as the host of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Carlson had been a weekend co-host of Fox and Friends since 2013.
Carlson, 47, was once the conservative co-host of the CNN debate program Crossfire, and later hosted Tucker on MSNBC from 2005 to 2008.
Kelly this week announced she will be moving to NBC, where she will host a weekday one-hour show and a Sunday night news magazine show and support the network’s breaking news and political news coverage.
Although Kelly will not make her debut on NBC until the summer, her final day at Fox is Friday.
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