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CNN develops a new face-saving metric: Not as good as developing a new show, but at least it's something!

Written By mista sense on Thursday, December 23, 2010 | 5:48 AM

Variety's Brian Lowry offers his jokey forecast for 2011, including this zinger against CNN:

• Faced with declining ratings, CNN will create an entirely new metric to measure its success against Fox News Channel, running full-page ads that read, "Fewer of our viewers fall asleep in front of the TV."

And Lowry also shrewdly predicted:

• Kathy Griffin will say something outlandish while emceeing CNN's New Year's Eve coverage with an uncomfortable-looking Anderson Cooper. This will prompt an immediate apology from the network, which will wait a few months before designating her as Eliot Spitzer's new co-host.

Which does make one wonder: Why is Griffin always on CNN?   Does CNN deliberately want to put off viewers?  Isn't that the sort of blunder that new chief Ken Jautz was supposed to put a stop to?  Or is Jautz more like Jon Klein than we realized?

(And thanks to Jim Hubbell for the graphic assist.)

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