Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 21, 2013
There’s bound to be plenty of high-fiving this week on the set of Fox News Channel’s "The Five."
The roundtable show, which can be seen weekdays at 4 p.m., will air its 500th broadcast Tuesday. That’s mighty impressive for a program that, initially, was only intended as a temporary filler after Glenn Beck left the country’s top-ranked cable news network in 2011.
In the national Nielsen ratings, "The Five" consistently stomps its well-known competitors, including CNN’s "Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer and MSNBC’s "Hardball" with Chris Matthews. And it does pretty darn well here in Central Texas, too. Austin is No. 8 on Nielsen’s list of cities where "The Five" has the highest viewership.
Why so successful? Dana Perino, one of the show’s co-hosts (a rotating group of five appear each day), thinks she knows.
"I think it’s because we have a variety of opinions," said Perino, who served as press secretary for former President George W. Bush. "There’s a roundness to the arguments that’s not as sharp-edged."
Tune in each day and you’ll see the co-hosts discuss — and debate — current events and pop culture.
"Our show is very spontaneous," Perino said. "You never know what’s going to happen."
During a recent visit to Texas, Perino said she was overwhelmed by the number of viewers who recognized and greeted her. She still can’t believe just how successful the show has become in such a short span of time.
"So many people say they watch ‘The Five’ and love it," Perino said. "People get to know us and think of us as their friends.
"I live with a lot of gratitude personally and professionally."