Fox News announces new show to replace Glenn Beck’s primetime spot

Jeff Winkler Contributor
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It would seem Glenn Beck did the work of five people on his popular Fox News show.

The fourth most-watched primetime cable channel announced that its new ensemble show, “The Five,” will replace Beck’s popular program after the final episode airs on Thursday. (Lesson from Halperin’s MSNBC suspension: Don’t trash Obama)

The ensemble will include Fox stalwarts like Juan Williams, Dana Perino and Andrew Napolitano, as well as Bob Beckel and Monica Crowley. Greg Gutfeld, who hosts the late-night cult-hit Red Eye, is also part of the team. The “roundtable ensemble of five rotating FOX personalities … will discuss, debate and debunk the hot stories, controversies and issues of the day,” said Fox.

“The Five” is replacing Glenn Beck at the 5pm slot as the media firebrand parts ways with the company. Beck is moving to his own Internet channel.

Beck was one of Fox’s biggest attractions, with an average October viewership of about 2.9 million, according to Business Insider. Recently, however, his ratings dropped somewhat, down to an average of 1.8 million viewers.

Fox said “The Five” will be serve as the weekday replacement, at least for the summer.

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