Van Susteren apparently met with CNN head Jeff Zucker numerous times about a job offer, but the network decided to pass.
This report comes the same week that Fox News announced that anchor Megyn Kelly would move to primetime. Her afternoon show averaged 1.1 million viewers over the first three months of the year. She also went viral on in November after Karl Rove challenged on-air the network's decision to declare Barack Obama the winner of the presidential election. Kelly famously ran behind-the-scenes to interview the workers responsible for tallying the votes, and they all agreed that Obama had indeed won.
"Megyn is an exceptional talent who has successfully filled and surpassed each role we have given her at the network," said network CEO and chairman Roger Ailes. Her ability to command the screen, delve into the facts and lead a debate is what makes her one of the most sought-after anchors in the business."
Van Susteren's show has struggled in the 10 p.m. hour, averaging only 250,000 viewers a night among those aged 25 to 54. This is just 35,000 more than her MSNBC counterpart, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.
Van Susteren has since claimed that she will indeed host a daily show in 'prime time,' but it is unclear exactly what her role will be.
"I am not going anywhere," she wrote. "I have a long term contract with Fox News Channel, and it is for a daily cable news show in 'prime time.'"
She may move up to 7 p.m., but that is not necessarily considered 'prime time.' The host's husband, John Coale, said earlier this year that his wife would be willing to move to an earlier timeslot.
"I'd like to spend some quality time with my wife, at least before 11 p.m." he said.
It is also possible that she could co-host a show at 10 p.m. ET with Kelly, though that seems unlikely at this point.