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Popular Fox News host Mark Levin will now have a more prominent weekend slot.
The “Life, Liberty & Levin” program will now air at 8 p.m. Eastern on both Saturday and Sunday, according to Fox News. On September 16th, the new Saturday night airing will begin, and further changes to the weekend programming will be made at a later time.
“Since joining the network in 2017, Mark has provided our audience with thought-provoking analysis on America’s core values and their impact on current events,” said Meade Cooper, executive vice president of primetime programming at Fox News, in a statement. “We are looking forward to expanding his popular show to two nights a week.”
“Fox News said ‘Life, Liberty & Levin’ is the highest-rated primetime program in cable news on Sundays, averaging 1.4 million viewers and 104,000 in the 25-54 demographic, the audience most coveted by advertisers,” Variety reported.
“Levin is also a host of ‘The Mark Levin Show,’ one of the nation’s largest syndicated radio programs, which airs on more than 300 stations across the country. Levin served in the Reagan administration, and worked as an associate director of presidential personnel, deputy solicitor of the U.S. Department of Interior, and deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, among other positions,” the outlet added.
The network has been under an increased amount of scrutiny after taking its prime-time star, Tucker Carlson, off the air in the latter part of April.
Because of that decision, Fox has shed a huge portion of its viewers, with many of Fox’s former viewers having bolted to Newsmax and other conservative outlets.
Since Carlson’s departure, weekend hosts Dan Bongino and, most recently, Steve Hilton have either chosen to leave (in Bongino’s case — after failing to come to terms on a new contract) or have been taken off the air, all of which have led to some major changes on the weekend, especially.
Last month, Fox News announced that Levin’s show would remain a staple of the weekend line-up.
“‘The Big Saturday/Sunday Show’ will become ‘The Big Weekend Show,’ airing at 7 PM/ET on Saturdays and Sundays while ‘FOX News Saturday Night’ will premiere at 10 PM/ET. Additionally, ‘The Next Revolution’ will end its 9 PM/ET Sunday run, as Steve Hilton steps back from hosting a weekly show to focus on his new California non-partisan policy organization launching next week. Hilton will remain a contributor across all FOX News Media platforms while Trey Gowdy’s ‘Sunday Night in America’ will move to 9 PM/ET,” Fox’s press release continued.
“One Nation,” which features Brian Kilmeade of “Fox & Friends” fame, “Lawrence Jones Cross Country,” and “Life, Liberty and Levin” will stay at their current timeslots.
“We are excited to launch a new dynamic weekend line-up that will further solidify our position as the number one cable news network for more than two decades,” Albano said in the release. “We thank Steve Hilton for his show’s contributions and look forward to continuing to feature his valuable insights across our daytime and prime-time programming.”
All said, however, according to the latest ratings figures, Fox News is still dominating cable news; the network remained the most-watched in all of cable news in May.
“The Five” was the highest-rated show on cable news with 2.6 million average total viewers and 267,000 average demo viewers.
Fox News has announced a slew of changes in recent weeks.
Last week, the network announced that Steve Hilton’s Sunday show in the 9 p.m. time slot has been canceled.
Fox Business has canceled the long-running show “Kennedy,” which airs at 7 p.m. ET. The network plans to air reruns of former Trump administration economist Larry Kudlow.
The report said that Lisa Kennedy Montgomery will remain at Fox News, where she will be a recurring figure on “The Five,” “Outnumbered,” and other shows.