The left’s goal in forcing out Bill O’Reilly was to ultimately destroy Fox News.

The anti-Fox media gleefully wrote stories suggesting that with O’Reilly gone, other networks could now chip away at Fox’s dominance.

But when the ratings came in for the first night of Fox News’ new schedule, there was one clear winner.

Fox’s new primetime lineup scored a decisive victory in their ratings.

Their new schedule featured Tucker Carlson at 8pm and The Five at 9pm.

Both won their respective timeslots.

The Hollywood Reporter writes:

“A night of big shifts in cable’s typical lineup brought a win Monday for Fox News Channel, which topped primetime among both adults 25-54 and total viewers. Most importantly, Tucker Carlson shifted into ousted Bill O’Reilly’s 8 o’clock hour as the night’s dominant telecast.

The first official night without The O’Reilly Factor saw the 8 p.m. telecast of Tucker Carlson Tonight average 3.2 million viewers and 636,000 adults 25-54, per early returns from Nielsen Media. Though it will be some time before there’s a sense of how Carlson’s numbers compare to O’Reilly’s, he at least successfully kept the hour as cable news’ biggest during his premiere telecast. O’Reilly’s final Monday on the air, his penultimate Fox News telecast on April 10, averaged 3.7 million viewers and 635,000 adults 25-54 — so while Carlson may not have pulled the same audience, he was dead even in the demo.

Also good news for Fox News, which officially severed ties with O’Reilly last week amidst mounting claims of sexual harassment, is that The Five made a solid segue into the 9 o’clock hour — Carlson’s old time slot. The panel show edged past MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show for a win with 2.8 million viewers and 568,000 adults 25-54. (Maddow averaged 2.2 million viewers and 523,000 adults 25-54.)”

Pundits believed MSNBC’s far-left host Rachel Maddow would become the new queen of cable news once O’Reilly was no longer around.

And TV media critics believed it was O’Reilly’s massive audience thatt powered Fox News’ primetime dominance because it spilled over into their other shows.

But that did not prove to be the case on the first night of Fox’s new schedule.

And one other network made scheduling changes.

CNN tried to capitalize on Trump’s 100-day mark by moving anti-Trump anchor Jake Tapper’s show The Lead to 9pm.

The experiment failed miserably, drawing less than one million viewers.

Fox News Channel’s demise was greatly exaggerated.

The activist left and anti-Fox media ran a pressure campaign to kick Bill O’Reilly off the air.

It succeeded when Fox News backed down in the face of media protests.

It was assumed that since O’Reilly’s audience was the most loyal in cable news, viewers would walk away from Fox in protest.

But that did not happen.

Fox retained their audience and they continue to dominate the cable news prime-time wars.