Panel show, which replaced Glenn Beck, now a regular in lineup

Fox News is giving “The Five” a regular spot in its lineup. The 5 p.m. ET panel show, originally a summer replacement for the now-defunct “Glenn Beck,” is officially scheduled on the News Corp. cabler.

The roundtable program features discussions between a rotating cast of network personalities including Dana Perino, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Juan Williams, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld and Andrea Tantaros.

“The Five” averaged 1.4 million total viewers in the third quarter and does notably well in the demo, consistently outperforming every primetime show on competitors at MSNBC, CNN, and HLN among adults 25-54.

Critics noted at the show’s inception that it would be difficult to match Beck in terms of sheer eyeball count, but given the decline in ad support suffered by “Glenn Beck,” that point may be moot. Beck’s controversial program topped out at more than 3 million viewers, but after a precipitous decline in popularity and advertiser support, Beck and the net parted ways.

Said FNC VP of ad sales, Paul Rittenberg: “?’The Five’s’ viewership growth and unique appeal has led to the time period once again being embraced by FNC’s blue-chip advertisers.”

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