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CNN’s Anthony Bourdain & Morgan Spurlock Win Time Slots In News Demo

Morgan Spurlockletterman celebs 2 240308TV in general pretty much underperformed Sunday night, but the season premieres of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and Morgan Spurlock Inside Man both surged over their previous season bows by double digits. The 9 PM Season 3 opener of Bourdain’s hybrid foodie travelogue — which visited Punjab, India — posted 325,000 persons 25-54, according to Nielsen’s Live+SD numbers, up 34% over last season’s September 15 bow. Parts Unknown was up against competition that included HBO’s Game Of Thrones, which snagged 6.3M viewers, Oscar nominee Spurlock’s episode at 10 PM, which saw him step into the role of paparazzo, drew 244,000 viewers in the demo — topping last year’s series premiere by 11%. The time slot wins are some welcome good news for CNN, which had which just suffered through one of the worst primetime quarters in its history. The network said last week that Parts Unknown and Inside Man are among the docu-type original series that are replacing Piers Morgan in the 9 PM weeknight slot.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: FremantleMedia Buys Global Format Rights To ‘Fittest Family’; Endemol Picks Up International On ‘Parts Unknown’, ‘Inside Man’

FremantleMedia Buys Global Format Rights To ‘Fittest Family’
Ireland's Fittest FamiliesFremantleMedia has secured the global format rights to Animo TV/Kite Entertainment’s Fittest Family. Currently airing on Irish pubcaster RTÉ One as Ireland’s Fittest Family, the six-part series features 12 uber-fit and sports-mad families compete for the title of the nation’s fittest family and a big cash prize. Each episode sees features four sporting legends assigned to coach the families and push them to their fitness max. The families compete against one another as they get put through a set of extreme challenges with only the fittest surviving. FremantleMedia will launch Fittest Family at MIPTV in April.

Endemol Buys International Rights To ‘Parts Unknown’, ‘Inside Man’
Morgan SpurlockAnthony BourdainEndemol said Monday that it has acquired TV distribution rights outside the U.S. to CNN’s factual series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man. Parts Unknown follows host chef, author and TV host Bourdain as he travels to uncover little-known areas of the world and celebrate diverse cultures by exploring food and dining rituals. Inside Man, hosted by Oscar-winning documentarian Spurlock, provides an intimate look into diverse sectors of American life and offers a deep-dive into pressing issues facing the U.S. including migrant farm workers, the elder care industry, union workers, gun owners, education, bankruptcy and the drought. Read More »

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CNN’s ‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’ Renewed For Third Season

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 10:51am PDT

CNN has reupped Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown for an eight-episode third season, set to debut in Spring 2014. Visits to Brazil, Las Vegas and an African safari are scheduled. The series hosted by chef and best-selling author Bourdain was down double digits in its September 15 return from its Season 1 debut, garnering 681,000 total viewers with 242,000 in the key 25-54 demo. But it was still No. 1 in both categories against its rivals Fox News Channel, MSNBC and sister station HLN. Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with executive producers and founders Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, along with exec producer Sandra Zweig.

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Cable Ratings: AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ Hits New Highs, CNN’s ‘Anthony Bourdain’ Down In Return, ‘Crossfire’ Gets Rough Start

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 1:45pm PDT

NFL Football ruled Sunday night but it was also a good night for Breaking Bad while the Season 2 debut of Anthony Bourdain’s CNN show was down double digits from its Season 1 launch. In its third to last episode ever, the AMC drama broke its own viewership and demo records. Last night’s bloody “Ozymandias” titled episode pulled in 6.4 million viewers total with new highs of 4.052 million among adults 18-49 and 3.59 million among adults 25-54. The Vince Gilligan-created series previous highs were the mid-Season return on August 11 with 5.9 million viewers, 3.3 million adults 25-54 and 3.6 million adults 18-49. On at the same time, the 9 PM premiere of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was down from its Season 1 debut on April 14. Facing Sunday Night Football on NBC as well Breaking Bad on AMC, the acerbic chef’s trip to Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza garnered 681,000 total viewers with 242,000 in the key 25-54 demo. That’s a dip of 9% in viewership from Season 1’s debut result of 747,000 and a 14% drop from the 282,000 in the demo who tuned in. Still Bourdain’s return was No. 1 in both categories against its rivals Fox News Channel, MSNBC and sister station HLN.

Meanwhile, Friday numbers for CNN’s revived debate program Crossfire show it dropping 47% in overall audience and 40% in adults … Read More »

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CNN’s ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ Finale Down, ‘Stroumboulopoulos’ Debuts Weak

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 10:47am PDT

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. Read More »

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CNN’s ‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’ Gets Second Season

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 10:13am PDT

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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CNN’s ‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’ Debuts Strong

By | Monday April 15, 2013 @ 12:40pm PDT

Badboy chef Anthony Bourdain’s new CNN series Parts Unknown was watched by 747,000 viewers last night. The heavily promoted 9 PM Sunday debut of the weekly one-hour show garnered 282,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic for the network. Compared to year to date Sunday averages for CNN that is a 120% increase among the demo and a 62% rise in total viewers. Parts Unknown‘s debut pushed the often ratings challenged CNN to the top primetime spot in the demo on Sunday with 208,000 for the night. That’s ahead of rivals Fox News Channel (141,000 among the 25-54) and MSNBC (160,000 among the 25-54). In terms of total viewership, Parts Unknown was behind the 1.32 million FNC garnered for the special Fox News Reporting: Your Secret’s Out but ahead of the 405,000 MSNBC’s programming got in the time slot. The first episode of the new CNN show saw Bourdain spending time in Myanmar mixing food, politics and culture. Future shows will include visits to LA’s Koreatown, a place Bourdain has been before on other networks, as well as Libya, Canada and Peru. Sunday’s premiere came after a week that saw Bourdain appearing on almost every other show on the Jeff Zucker-run cable news network hyping the new series. Bourdain also got face time as one of CNN’s stars in a full page ad taken out in the New York Times and other publications … Read More »

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