CNN Renews Freshman Show

May 1, 2013  •  Post A Comment

One of the shows that is part of the revamped CNN lineup has already received a renewal, just three episodes into its first season. Deadline.com reports that the cable news channel will bring back “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” for a second season.

The new season, set to premiere Sept. 15, will feature visits to Spain, New Mexico, Israel, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo and India, the story reports.

In a statement, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said of the series: “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.”

The report adds: “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.”

In its premiere April 14, the show brought in 747,000 total viewers and 282,000 in the key 25-54 demo, the piece notes, boosting the time slot by 120% in the demo and 62% in total viewers, against year-ago numbers.

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