With low ratings in tow, Paula Zahn is leaving CNN effective August 2.
The news comes a day after CNN announced they hired NBC’s Campbell Brown, presumably, to take over her spot on the air.
“Paula Zahn Now” made its debut at 8 p.m. in 2003, but four years later, her show is only pulling a nightly estimated 558,000 viewers on average, according to Nielsen Media Research. That’s a lot less than the nearly 2.3 million who watch Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor” with Bill O’Reilly and about 100,000 fewer viewers a night than “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” on MSNBC.
A New York Times article points to a likely change in format for CNN’s 8 pm time slot, to talk-show based programming.