Fox News Channel took the wraps of it’s long awaited reshuffling of it’s primetime lineup by announcing today that Greta Van Susteren will move from 10 p.m. to 7 p.m., and that Sean Hannity will move to her old slot at 10 p.m. starting October 7th.
The moves were necessitated by the announcement earlier this summer that rising star Megyn Kelly would be getting her own show in the fall and that it would air at 9 p.m. weekdays. That meant that Fox had to find a new time for Hannity. There was some speculation last week that it would be the 7 p.m. hour being vacated by Shepard Smith, who was “promoted” to head a new breaking news team.
Fox news president Roger Aisles praised the changes:
As the network continues to dominate with the top 13 programs in cable news, FOX News already redefined primetime viewing to extend well beyond the antiquated 8-11 p.m. format. We’ve developed a deep bench of engaging and thought-provoking personalities that have grown with FOX News as it has evolved into the most influential and successful cable network in television. These changes will enable the network to continue setting the industry standard for years to come.
With these changes, Fox’s lineup is potentially even more formidable than it was. Kelly will go head to head against MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who she should beat by an even wider margin than Hannity did. And now Hannity gets to face off against Lawrence O’Donnell, which isn’t even a contest in my opinion. Hannity should win that match-up hands down.
MSNBC, which has been having a tough year in the ratings, just saw their year get a lot tougher with the changes announced today.