After just three shows in its first run, CNN announced today that Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown will be back for a second season to bow September 15. Visits to Spain, New Mexico, Israel, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo and India are scheduled. “In addition to its runaway ratings success, it is also quite the conversation starter, as anyone who follows social media can attest. We are so happy to announce Season 2, and I can assure you that audiences will love what is coming up on the show,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in a statement. Bourdain was brought on board at the cable news network last spring before the former NBC executive took over, but Zucker has been a big booster of Parts Unknown. On April 19, he even made a point of noting the debut of the show in a note to staffers on their work during the week of the Boston Marathon bombing and Texas warehouse explosion. Parts Unknown debuted April 14 to 747,000 total viewers and 282,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic, a 120% increase in the demo and a 62% rise in total viewers compared with the same slot the year before.
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