Announcing its fall TV schedule on Wednesday, CNN said that starting August 8, Anderson Cooper's nightly news program AC360 will air in the slot now occupied by Spitzer's "In the Arena".
Spitzer, who debuted his new show on CNN in October 2010 with Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker, was not mentioned in the line-up. Parker left the show in February after disappointing ratings, and the show was revamped with Spitzer continuing as the main contributor.
No reason was given for the decision to drop "In the Arena" but the program is the lowest-rated primetime show on CNN and continues to languish below the audiences for rival cable news shows on Fox News, MSNBC and HLN.
Not mentioned: the fact that Olbermann is doing very well at his new home on Current TV and the fact that he was beating Spitzer too. Don't blame CNN. It's not like Spitzer was very good at his job, nor did I ever feel the need to watch the show in the first place.