'The Five' Officially Replaces Glenn Beck’s Fox News Slot

11:05 AM PST 10/04/2011 by THR staff

The opinion show became a summer fill-in when Beck’s show ended in July.

The Five, Fox News Channel’s ensemble opinion show that took the timeslot left empty by the departure of Glenn Beck back in July, has been given a permanent home.

The roundtable show has officially become a permanent part of the FNC schedule in the 5 p.m. ET slot, the network announced on Monday. The show features five co-hosts, comprised of rotating FNC personalities Dana Perino, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Juan Williams, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld and Andrea Tantaros.

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The Five debuted on July 11 after Beck departed on June 30. It averages 1.4 million total viewers in the third quarter of 2011. Since its launch, The Five’s total viewership has increased by 16 percent, to nearly 1.5 million viewers in the Nielsen month of October to date.

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The Five is unlike any show in news and politics, from the co-hosts’ chemistry to the provocative, yet fun presentation style,” said Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of the network in a statement. “It has quickly connected with the audience, and I’m pleased to install it in our daily lineup.”

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Beck ended his show on June 30, saying his reason for leaving was simple: there is more that he wants to do, citing both his new two-hour online streaming-video show GBTV, and other yet-to-be-named projects. He recently announced a children’s show that will air on GBTV.

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