Tucker Carlson has only been on the job for two months, hosting a nightly news show at Fox News since November. Even so, he will be moving to the 9 PM time slot being vacated by Megyn Kelly.
Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox, said in a statement:
“In less than two months, Tucker has taken cable news by storm with his spirited interviews and consistently strong performance. Viewers have overwhelmingly responded to the show and we look forward to him being a part of Fox News’ powerful primetime line-up.”
Carlson joined Fox News in 2009 as contributor after stints hosting shows at both CNN and MSNBC. In 2013, he became one of the co-hosts of the weekend “Fox & Friends” show. When Greta van Susteren vacated her 7 PM show in November, he moved into her time slot.
Carlson has succeeded as a host in generating strong ratings and creating viral stories and moments, highly sought after metrics on cable news. His current show has averaged 2.8 million viewers and trailed only Bill O’Reilley in the 25-54 viewer demographic.