Maybe it was Game 2 of the NBA Finals or the Tony Awards or maybe the menu, but CNN took a hit Sunday with Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’s finale and the debut of talk show Stroumboulopoulos. Taking a trip down the Congo River, the finale of Bourdain’s freshman series sank to its second-lowest result of the season with 460,000 total viewers and 208,000 in the adults 25-54 demo. The June 9 travelogue show was down 38% in total viewers and 32% in the demo from the week before. Parts Unknown finished ahead of MSNBC in its 9 PM time slot in viewers and the demo but was far behind the 837,000 total viewers Fox News Channel garnered for a repeat Hannity that focused on the IRS scandal, though it did top the 108,000 Fox News got in the demo. Overall, Sunday’s finale was down 34% among viewers and 29% in the demo from the show’s season averages of 693,000 and 291,000, respectively. Parts Unknown’s worst performance of the season was on Memorial Day weekend, when it pulled in 363,000 total viewers and 173,000 in the demo. Following a strong start in its April 14 debut, the series, which CNN renewed on May 1, had its best results in its second week when 747,000 total viewers and 282,000 in the demo tuned in.
New talk show Stromboulopoulos at 10 PM, meanwhile, marked CNN’s second-worst Sunday result in the time slot this year. Fronted by Canadian talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos, the premiere had as its first guests fellow Great White Northerners Martin Short and Keanu Reeves as well as rapper Wiz Khalifia. Losing more than half of its lead-in audience, the show finished third behind Fox News and MSNBC with 192,000 total viewers and 78,000 in the adults 25-54 demo. That is down 62% in total viewers and 55% in the demo from the results of an Anderson Cooper special the week before in the same slot. On Fox News, Stossel drew 739,000 total viewers and 140,000 in the demo in the time slot, while MSNBC Investigates had 391,000 total viewers and 224,000 in 25-54. Compared with year-to-date averages, Stromboulopoulos was down 56% in viewers and 48% in the demo.
Stromboulopoulos won’t be staying on Sundays for long. The show moves to the Friday 11 PM slot this week where its original broadcasts will stay for the remaining nine episodes of its summer run.
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