CNN's Campbell Brown is leaving the network, several news outlets report. Supposedly she's asked for early release from her contract. If so, it's because she was able to read the writing on the wall. Her show has been averaging less than 600,000 viewers -- barely more than half the audience for one of her cable-news competitors, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, and less than a fifth that of the leader, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. On some nights Brown's audience has dipped to 350,000 viewers. That's getting close to Nielsen brain-death levels.
UPDATE: Give Brown full credit for rejecting television-weaselspeak in the statement she's issued about her departure. "Simply put, the ratings for my program are not where I would like them to be. It is largely for this reason that I am stepping down ...TThe simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program, and I owe it to myself and to CNN to get out of the way so that CNN can try something else."