Former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy has a new job.
When Gowdy left Congress, this was not a career path anyone would have predicted.
Trey Gowdy just announced a major career move that will change Fox News.
Gowdy was one of the hosts Fox News auditioned to be the permanent host of the new nightly “Fox News Primetime” show at 7 p.m.
Days before the show’s premiere Gowdy announced the name of his new show would be “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy.”
In an interview with TVNewser, Gowdy outlined what his audience could expect from his show.
“Every Sunday evening, I hope to provide our viewers and their families with analysis of headlines from across the country, insightful interviews with top newsmakers and discussions about how the week’s events potentially impact everyday Americans,” Gowdy explained. “I understand Sunday nights are often times of reflection and family time so I also aim to bring our audience stories of triumph and success from around the United States. To those who will be watching on Sunday, thank you for welcoming me into your home. I am looking forward to spending time with you.”
Gowdy’s new show is an effort by Fox News to fend off competition on the right from Newsmax and One America News.
After the election Fox News lost around forty percent of its audience as some former viewers thought Fox News turned on Donald Trump.
Fox bottomed out in January losing their title as the most-watched network in cable news by falling to last place behind MSNBC and CNN in the cable ratings wars.
Since then, Fox made several programming changes.
Greg Gutfeld was given a nightly 11p.m. show.
Martha MacCallum’s 7 p.m. newscast was moved back to daytime to make room for a new opinion show to air in its timeslot.
Fox News also promoted Rachel Campos-Duffy to co-host “Fox and Friends Weekend” replacing Jedidiah Bila.
And Trey Gowdy and Dan Bongino were both given weekend shows.
The common thread in all of these changes was hosts that viewers perceived as supportive of Donald Trump were given new opportunities while hosts that the audience judged as neutral or hostile to Trump—Bila repeatedly dismissed Trump’s claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election—saw their roles reduced.
Fox’s changes paid dividends as CNN and MSNBC’s ratings collapsed after Trump left office whereas Fox’s leveled off.
That allowed Fox News to once again regain the top spot in the ratings.
Fox’s new moves to give Trey Gowdy and other Trump supporters shows is a bid to cement that position.
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