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.
The cable news network announced today that its new talk show Stroumboulopoulos will debut on June 9 right after the Season 1 finale of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Fronted by Canadian talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos, the 10-week series will move to its regular Friday 11 PM slot on CNN on June 14. The Sunday premiere comes just over a week before the debut of CNN’s new morning show New Day, the jewel in Jeff Zucker’s rebranding of the network. CNN first announced the Friday pop culture interview show back in early April. Stroumboulopoulos will film in LA starting next week with two tapings on May 29. CNN is certainly aiming to get a lot of mileage out of the new short-run show: Stroumboulopoulos will re-air at 2 AM and 5 AM on Fridays as well as at 11 PM, 2 AM and 5 AM ET on Saturdays for the summer.