Brown’s Exit Illustrates CNN’s Current Struggle

By Andrew Gauthier 

Los Angeles Times

Campbell Brown felt a mounting sense of futility as average viewership for her prime-time CNN show sank to around 500,000 this year.

“I was watching the ratings in conjunction with trying to balance my family life, and I was really struggling to do it successfully,” the anchor, who has two young sons, said last week.

So several months ago, Brown took an unusual step and asked CNN to be released from her contract. She announced her decision this month, releasing a strikingly candid statement saying CNN needed to try something else at 8 p.m. Eastern time. More…