Jun 26, 2023 - Economy

Jesse Watters to replace Tucker Carlson in Fox News' prime-time lineup

Fox anchor Jesse Watters. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

Jesse Watters is moving into a new hosting role during the 8pm hour that was formerly hosted by Tucker Carlson, Fox News said Monday.

Why it matters: Fox News' 8pm ratings have lagged in recent weeks without Carlson. The former Fox News host regularly averaged more than 3 million viewers on his "Tucker Carlson Tonight" program.

  • Several Fox News hosts filled Carlson's spot temporarily for the past two months while the network searched for a permanent replacement.

Details: The new prime-time lineup, which will debut July 17, will see prime-time anchor Laura Ingraham shifting from her 10pm shift to the 7pm hour.

  • Greg Gutfeld, who currently hosts a late-night show at 11pm, will move to Ingraham's old slot.
  • Sean Hannity will remain in his spot at 9pm.
  • The network's midnight nightly newscast, "FOX News @ Night" with Trace Gallagher, will air an hour earlier at 11pm.

Between the lines: Watters is one of Fox News' most popular hosts. In a statement, Fox News noted that his 7pm ET show, "Jesse Watters Primetime" has averaged 2.6 million viewers nightly to date this year.

  • In addition to his own show, Watters also co-hosts Fox News' popular 5pm ET show, "The Five," with four other hosts.
  • "The Five" was the most-watched show in cable news last year.

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Editor's note: This piece was corrected to remove a reference that Jesse Watters had temporarily filled Tucker Carlson's 8pm spot, before Watters was selected as the new host.

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