After retiring from Congress, Fox News signed Trey Gowdy to an on-air contract.
Gowdy put up big ratings as the host of the new 7p.m. “Fox News Primetime” show.
But now Trey Gowdy just got taken off TV for one reason no one can believe.
Of all the try-out hosts, Gowdy pulled in the biggest ratings on the first go-round.
That led to Fox giving Gowdy a second one-week tryout run where Outkick.com’s Bobby Burack reported Gowdy drew even bigger ratings in his second go-round.
“This week, Monday-Wednesday, Gowdy is on track to record the highest week yet with a current 2.1 million average. Each episode this week has hit 2 million viewers, with Tuesday coming in at 2.2 million, a large number for 7 pm. Furthermore, Gowdy has topped the show’s lead-in, Special Report, two of the three days,” Burack reported.
But that wasn’t good enough for the Fox News executives who are now giving Trump supporter Maria Bartiromo a second look as host of “Fox News Primetime.”
The Wrap exclusively reports:
Maria Bartiromo will return to the anchor chair during “Fox News Primetime” on Monday as the network continues its search for a permanent host, TheWrap has learned.
Bartiromo will become the first woman to guest host the 7 p.m. show twice since it launched. The network has rotated a cast of star hosts, one per week, since the show’s January debut, but has not yet announced a permanent anchor. The top-rated hosts so far have been Brian Kilmeade, Trey Gowdy and Bartiromo.
But is Fox News making a mistake by running more tryouts instead of settling on Gowdy as the permanent 7p.m. host?
Burack thinks that could be the case.
“All in all, it is still too early to say Gowdy, as a host, is a bigger draw than the rest, though after eight episodes, it’s accurate to say the viewers like him, he holds Special Report’s audience, and viewers would watch the program if he were named the permanent host. Speaking to sources, Gowdy is, if nothing else, making a case. Cases are sometimes rejected; other times light bulbs go off,” Burack wrote.
Fox News lost a chunk of its audience after the election.
CEO Lachlan Murdoch claimed it was because some of the audience was upset over the election.
Fox’s strategy to win back the deserters by putting pro-Trump hosts on in primetime worked with Trey Gowdy.
And many are wondering why they are not making Gowdy the full-time host of the new 7p.m. show.
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