CNN reported Monday that longtime radio talk show host and frequent Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham will have her own show on the Fox News Channel.
Ingraham will be part of a lineup reshuffle that will air her show at 10 p.m., move Sean Hannity back to his 9 p.m. slot, and The Five, which was moved into prime time after Fox fired Bill O’Reilly, moving back to its old timeslot at 5 p.m., replacing The Specialists, which was canceled last week after the network parted ways with host Eric Bolling.
Sources told CNN there are still details to be worked out, but that Ingraham has been telling friends that the deal is essentially done.
Fox has stumbled since O’Reilly was fired, with The Five consistently losing to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in the 25-54 demo — something that rarely happened when Hannity, Megyn Kelly and Tucker Carlson occupied the 9 p.m. hour. The Five also seemed out of place in primetime with its gabfest-like style versus the sole-host model that has consistently performed well.
Fox has lost plenty of ground to MSNBC over the last five months and this move should staunch the bleeding and help restore the network to its former cable news dominance.