A cable network that is languishing in the ratings will scrap its prime-time programming and replace it with repeats of the shows that currently air on the network from 5-8 p.m., reports The New York Times.
The network is four-year-old Fox Business News, which draws an average of 54,000 viewers in prime time, making it one of the lowest-rated cable channels tracked by Nielsen, the piece notes. By comparison, top-rated business network CNBC draws an average of 228,000 viewers in prime time.
With the change, "Freedom Watch" with Andrew Napolitano; "Power & Money" with David Asman; and "Follow the Money" with Eric Bolling will be canceled, the story notes. The three hosts will remain contributors, with Bolling continuing his role as co-host of "The Five," a 5 p.m. show on Fox News.
The three programs will be replaced by shows featuring Gerri Willis, Neil Cavuto and Lou Dobbs, which currently air at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Those anchors are currently the network’s best-known personalities, the story notes.
The changes will take place Feb. 20.