Here Are This Week's Winners And Losers In Media

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This week saw confirmation the Zooey Deschanel has a television hit on her hands.   And that The Playboy Club doesn’t.

This week also officially welcomed (newly engaged) Erin Burnett into the CNN family, which is a good place to be these days judging by the ratings.

It also booted Fox News’ Megyn Kelly to the loser side for the first time in a very long time. 

Oh Megyn…maybe she needs to watch more O’Reilly and Stewart facing off.  That was good TV.

WINNER: Erin Burnett

Erin Burnett is CNN's latest big bet.

Her new 7pm show OutFront With Erin Burnett, a 'lively' show about news hosted by a business journalist, launches on Monday and CNN celebrated with a swanky launch party this week.

Also? She's engaged. Meet the lucky guy here.

WINNER: Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly

In a perfect cable world we wouldn't have to wait for Bill O'Reilly to come out with a book to enjoy a smart, fun, exchange of ideas from opposite sides of the political spectrum.

In the meantime, enjoy O'Reilly's visit to Jon Stewart's show here.

WINNER: CNN

MSNBC ratings are going down, down, down and CNN is benefiting.

The left-leaning network is close to slipping to third place, and while the New York Times thinks the loss of Olbermann is to blame, CNN's strong ratings suggest the actual reason is simply that the world is tiring of partisan news.

To wit: Earlier this week Piers Morgan trumped Rachel Maddow in the demo and overall in the month of September CNN's primetime saw 46% growth.

WINNER: Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is having a good year.

Earlier this week Money Ball, the Brad Pitt movie based on his book, pulled in $20 million-plus opening weekend.

This was followed by news that Liar's Poker, the book that put Lewis on the map, is finally making it to the big screen.

WINNER: Dane Cook

rumour has it comedian Dane Cook has signed a development deal with NBC.

There's no word yet on what his half-hour sitcom will be about.

But it will be interesting to find out. As we noted earlier this week, Cook seems a little old for the young-everydudes thing and a little young for the harried-dad thing.

LOSER: Nancy Grace

Oh Nancy Grace.

The world's favourite courtroom 'journalist' and current contestant on Dancing With the Stars had a small wardrobe malfunction this week.

The technical term for it is 'nip slip.'

Grace denies everything, saying she was wrapped up tight and will go to her grave denying it.

LOSER: Megyn Kelly

Oh Megyn Kelly.

During last week's GOP debate some members of the crowd booed a gay soldier.

Kelly was one of the moderators that night and later took umbrage that the ladies of the View had the gall to criticise her for not speaking up.

Instead she opted to devote a segment of her show to defending the audience. Yes.

LOSER: Joe McGinniss and Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin is now suing Random House over Joe McGinniss's gossipy, anonymously sourced book Rogue.

Which seems strange only in so far that she appears to be opting for the relatively quiet legal option rather than throwing a temper tantrum on her Facebook page and subsequently inserting herself back into the GOP presidential race.

For his part McGinnis is doing a very good impression of Palin at her most lamestream.

LOSER: Rihanna

Rihanna angered a Irish farmer when she took off all her clothes during a video shoot that was filming on his farm land.

He kicked her off.

LOSER: Playboy Club

It looks like The Playboy Club will be the first fall premiere to disappear.

The show's already weak ratings tumbled in its second week and to add insult to injury advertisers are threatening to boycott because of the subject matter.

Bye-bye bunnies.

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