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Fox News Makes Announcement About Sean Hannity Amid Prime-Time Shake-Up

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Fox News has announced that Sean Hannity will maintain his regular time schedule when the network’s new primetime lineup debuts the following week.

Fox News has altered its schedule in the nearly three months since the network fired its most popular anchor, Tucker Carlson.

Jesse Watters will replace Tucker Carlson at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, while Laura Ingraham will shift from 10 p.m. ET to 6 p.m. ET.

“Gutfeld!” is moving to 10 p.m. while “FOX News @ Night” with host Trace Gallagher will begin at 11 p.m.

However, the network announced Wednesday morning that “Hannity” will continue to air at 9 p.m. ET, where it has aired for the past 25 years.

“Sean Hannity, who has been with Fox News Channel since it launched in 1996, will stay put at 9 p.m. ET when the network’s revamped lineup launches on July 17, providing viewers with a bedrock in the middle of primetime,” the network said.

Fox News did not mention Carlson’s departure in its announcement, which instead lauded Hannity’s endurance as a primetime host.

“Last year, Hannity broke a longstanding record previously held by famed talk show host Larry King to become the longest-running primetime cable news host in television history,” Fox News said.

The network added, “At the time, Hannity hosted a primetime program on Fox News for 25 consecutive years, six months and 15 days. He hasn’t slowed down, and the streak seems insurmountable in the modern cable news era.”

Hannity said, in reference to his daily routine and remaining put at nine o’clock, “I’m truly appreciative. I’m pursuing my passion.”

Since Carlson’s resignation, Fox News has struggled.

According to Mediaite, the newly vacant 8 p.m. ET time slot attracted a total of only 1.3 million viewers on Thursday.

On any given evening during Carlson’s tenure, the hour averaged three million viewers.

“Hannity” and other programs also suffered from Carlson’s April departure but have since rebounded considerably.

On Thursday, “Hannity” attracted just under two million viewers, more than CNN and MSNBC combined.

Fox News’ revamped lineup and the forthcoming Republican primary will determine whether the network’s ratings will return to pre-Carlson levels.

The stock of the parent company of the network, Fox Corporation, was downgraded by Wells Fargo analyst Steve Cahall on Monday.

“Fox’s earnings are mostly Fox News earnings, and Fox News is facing viewership and share pressures,” Cahall told his clients, as Yahoo Finance reported. “With ecosystem risks also elevated we find our estimate outlook more negative and below the Street.”

Cahall stated that his decision to downgrade the stock was partially influenced by cord-cutting, but also cited Carlson’s departure.

“Fox News was 52% of cable news primetime viewership for 2020-22, 51% in Jan’23 and that has slid to a low of 38% in June ’23 post-Tucker Carlson,” Cahall said. “Fox News’ share of conservative news viewers has fallen from 94% to 84%. While the new primetime lineup could drive a rebound, we think Fox News is a Show Me viewership story.”

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