After winning just about every hour on cable news, Roger Ailes had to go early — and replace one of “The O’Reilly Factor” re-airs — to win another. So this morning, “Fox & Friends First” with Ainsely Earhardt and Anna Koiman debuted in a brightly lit studio at the very dark hour of 5amET.

“Thank you so much for joining for the debut of ‘Fox & Friends First,’ said Earhardt. “We’re excited to be waking up with you every morning at this very time.”

As Willie Geist told us in 2009 when his 5:30am show hit the air on MSNBC, “Fox & Friends First” will find those watching may not be the traditional cable news viewer, especially on the West Coast as the show airs at 2am.

See the start of the show after the jump…

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