The Five (TV program)

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The Five
The Five Logo.jpg
Genre Talk show
News program
Presented by Regular:
Eric Bolling
Kimberly Guilfoyle
Greg Gutfeld
Dana Perino
Juan Williams
Melissa Francis
Kirsten Powers
Geraldo Rivera
Julie Roginsky
Tom Shillue
Country of origin United States
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Fox News Studio D
Original network Fox News Channel
Original release July 11, 2011 (2011-07-11) – present
External links

The Five is an American news and talk show on Fox News Channel featuring a rotating panel who discuss current stories, political issues, and pop culture. The show premiered on July 11, 2011, replacing the Glenn Beck program, and airs on weekdays at 5:00 p.m. ET with replays at 4:00 a.m. ET.[1]

On October 3, 2011, after successful ratings and high popularity, Fox News announced that The Five would become the permanent 5 p.m. series, as the program had previously been announced to last only during the summer.[2]

The Five is currently the second-most-watched program in all of cable news in the United States, placing only behind The O'Reilly Factor,[3][4] also on the Fox News Channel. The program has occasionally been the number one rated cable news series in the key 25 to 54 viewing demographic.[5][6]


According to the initial Fox News press release announcing The Five, the show features a "roundtable ensemble of five rotating Fox personalities who [...] discuss, debate and at times debunk the hot news stories, controversies and issues of the day."[7] Fox News chairman Roger Ailes said the format for the show was inspired by chat-oriented programs such as The View; it has also been compared to the "Great American Panel" segment on Fox News' Hannity.[8]

The show is made up of six blocks. Each of the first five blocks is introduced, closed and loosely moderated by a different co-host. The co-host's block may be on a single topic or multiple topics. The final block is One More Thing: The co-hosts take turns sharing a final thought (on varying topics) before the show ends. The show's co-hosts are:[9]

Julie Roginsky and Geraldo Rivera frequently fill in for Juan Williams as the liberal point of view while Tom Shillue and Jesse Watters frequently fill in for Greg Gutfeld. The show occasionally features additional guests, including politicians, Fox News personalities, celebrities, and sports figures.[1]

Former co-hosts have included conservative commentator Andrea Tantaros (who was moved to Fox's Outnumbered), and former Democratic strategist Bob Beckel, whose frequent absences in early 2015 and ultimate departure that summer was the subject of much speculation among fans.

Originally, the panel consisted of Gutfeld and Bolling; either Beckel or Williams (usually Beckel) representing the liberal point of view, and Perino, Guilfoyle, and Tantaros rotating in the final two spots. Since then, Perino has become a permanent member of the panel and Beckel has been released from Fox News.

Original co-hosts of The Five (l-r): Guilfoyle, Beckel, Bolling, Perino, Gutfeld

Monica Crowley, Andrew Napolitano, and Geraldo Rivera were originally announced as additional co-hosts for the show, though upon its debut, the cast was narrowed down to a rotation of the current hosts.[7][9]

Occasionally, Fox News has aired special primetime editions of the show during special coverage.


Reaction to the show among critics has been mostly positive, though the week it premiered, Alex Pareene, columnist for the left-leaning website, slammed it as "boring and lame" and "not even worth getting outraged about."[10] Entertainment Weekly TV critic Ken Tucker dubbed the show his "favorite guilty pleasure" and praised its freewheeling style and zany humor, calling it "a delightfully nutty show with an undercurrent of ragin’ crazy."[11] Mediaite's Frances Martel, examining cable news' shift toward more personality-driven commentary, praised The Five for adding an element of entertainment to the news: "Beyond having opinions, the new generation of cable news talk shows spearheaded by The Five have personalities, characters and character arcs that are worth tuning in for. ... Unlike the previous, host-driven generation of opinion shows, The Five adds a refreshing new element to cable news– a plot."[12] The Daily Show with Jon Stewart would later take that line of thought to strange new places when "correspondent" Samantha Bee debuted her "one-woman show" about the supposed romantic subplot on The Five.[13]

Departure of Bob Beckel[edit]

After not being seen on air since early 2015, it was reported that Bob Beckel was recovering from back surgery.[14] In April, Fox later released a statement informing viewers that Beckel entered a rehab facility for treatment of an addiction to prescription pain medication.[15] Finally, on June 25, 2015, it was confirmed that Beckel had been fired from the network.[16] While a Fox News spokesman initially stated that it was an amicable split, a Fox executive later stated that Fox "couldn’t hold The Five hostage to one man’s personal issues."[17] On June 26, 2015, co-host Dana Perino briefly informed viewers of Beckel's departure with a terse statement at the end of the show. He has not been mentioned on the show otherwise.[18]


The Five debuted in July 2011 to lower ratings than the Glenn Beck program had been getting, but it still handily won its time slot.[19] The show gained broader success within months of airing, some afternoons even rivaling Beck's former audience.[8]

After only several months airing, The Five consistently beat its competitors on MSNBC and CNN combined, and ranked among the top ten cable-news shows.[20] In addition, the show is paying off more with advertisers, who were reluctant to be associated with the controversial content of Glenn Beck's show.[20]

The Five was the sixth-most-watched cable-news program during the latter half of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012;[21][22] it had jumped to fourth place by the third quarter of 2012,[23] pulling in especially high numbers during the 2012 Republican Convention.[24] The Five drew 4.4 million viewers on Election Day 2012.[25]

By 2013, The Five was the second-most-watched program in all of cable news, placing behind The O'Reilly Factor,[3] though the show is now eclipsed many nights by The Kelly File, which debuted that year.


The Five is filmed live at 1211 Avenue of the Americas (also known as the News Corp. Building), New York City. The studio is located on West 47th Street.


  1. ^ a b "Glenn Beck To Be Replaced By "The Five" On FOX News". RealClearPolitics. June 30, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Glenn Beck's Temporary Replacement On Fox News 'The Five' To Become Permanent". Deadline. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Fox's The Five #2 Among All Cable News In Demo And Total Viewers". Mediaite. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fox News' Hit "The Five" Marks Two-Year Milestone". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Friday Cable News Ratings - December 20, 2013 - Mediaite". 23 December 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Cable News Ratings - January 22, 2013 - Mediaite". 23 January 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Stelter, Brian (June 30, 2011). "Fox News to Replace Beck With 'The Five'". Media Decoder: Behind the Screens, Between the Lines. The New York Times. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Stelter, Brian. In Beck's Shadow, Rise of 'The Five'. New York Times. 2011-12-25. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
  9. ^ a b "FOX News Channel's The Five to Continue as Scheduled Program". Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ Pareene, Alex. Fox’s “The Five” off to slow, boring start. 2011-07-13.
  11. ^ Tucker, Ken. 'The Five': The Fox News Channel's most delightfully crazy show. Entertainment Weekly. 2011-11-07.
  12. ^ Martel, Frances. The NYT Profiles Fox News’ The Five: ‘Like A Family At Thanksgiving’. 2011-12-26. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
  13. ^ Feldman, Josh. The Daily Show Puts on Insane, Creepy, and AMAZING Dedication to Fox’s The Five. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  14. ^ "The Five's Bob Beckel Tells Fans Where He's Been". Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Fox's Bob Beckel Undergoes Addiction Rehab". Mediaite. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "Fox News Parts Ways with Bob Beckel over His 'Personal Issues'". Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "Fox News drops Bob Beckel". Politico. 
  18. ^ "Fox's The Five Briefly Addresses Bob Beckel's Departure". Mediaite. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  19. ^ 'The Five' Debuts On Fox News To Lower Ratings Than Beck. The Huffington Post. 2011-07-13.
  20. ^ a b Summer Of Gutfeld? Strong Ratings For Both Red Eye And The Five. Mediaite. 2011-08-30.
  21. ^ 'The Five' Gets Permanent Spot In Fox News Lineup. The Huffington Post. 2011-10-03.
  22. ^ Cable News Ratings: Top 30 Programs For First Quarter Of 2012. The Huffington Post. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
  23. ^ Cable News Ratings Q3 2012: MSNBC Breaks Records, CNN Up From Last Quarter. The Huffington Post. 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-11-24.
  24. ^ "Monday Ratings: The Five Has Highest-Rated Show To Date". 28 August 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  25. ^ Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, November 6, 2012. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2012-11-20.

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Preceded by
Your World
The Five
5 PM ET - 6 PM ET
Succeeded by
Special Report with Bret Baier