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Tucker Carlson to Get Megyn Kelly Slot on Fox News

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By    |   Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 11:05 AM

Fox News says Tucker Carlson will fill Megyn Kelly's soon-to-be vacated time slot.

"In less than two months, Tucker has taken cable news by storm with his spirited interviews and consistently strong performance," Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and Fox News, told Ad Week.

"Viewers have overwhelmingly responded to the show and we look forward to him being a part of Fox News' powerful primetime lineup."

Tucker's hour is sandwiched between Fox News powerhouses Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.

Tucker's elevation was first reported by the Drudge Report.

Ad Week reports that Carlson will move to his new slot Monday. Martha MacCallum will host a show called "The First 100 Days" during the 7 p.m. hour.

Kelly announced Tuesday she was leaving Fox News for NBC News, a move that will give her a daytime show, a Sunday night news magazine program, and breaking news/political event duties.

"Tucker Carlson Tonight" has been on the air since November, replacing Greta Van Susteren's show after she departed the network.

The network is apparently happy enough with Carlson's performance during the news analysis program that executives have moved him to the coveted 9 p.m. slot where Kelly shined.

Carlson's show has done well ratings-wise. According to AOL, it had roughly 3.7 million viewers for its Nov. 14 debut, which made it the most-watched program on Fox in that time slot in all of 2016. During the week of Nov. 28, Nielsen reported the show garnered an average 2.8 rating and 4.4 million viewers per night, the top cable news program of the week.

Carlson routinely spars with guests holding strong opinions during his hour-long show, similar to what Kelly does. Kelly's last show on Fox will be Friday night.

Wednesday night, for example, Carlson seemed to back a gun control activist into a corner during a discussion about assault weapons and Chicago's murder rate:

Carlson got his start in television news at CNN in 2000, and five years later he moved to MSNBC. Fox picked him up in 2009 and he has worked in several roles there, including as the weekend host for "Fox and Friends" before getting his own 7 p.m. show after Van Susteren's departure.

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