Live Studio Audience Coming To “Anderson Cooper 360″

CNN has come up with an unorthodox way to boost ratings for Anderson Cooper’s fleeting network news program, Anderson Cooper 360.

The cable news network is pulling a page from the book of tawdry daytime talk shows and classic sitcoms by inviting a live studio audience to sit in on Anderson’s nightly broadcast, The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.

The trial run of episodes will be called “specials” and are scheduled to tape on April 15 and 22. Depending on how the format is received, live studio audiences could become a regular part of the format of 360, sources say.