The Cable News Ticker: ‘Crossfire,’ ‘Parts Unknown,’ Retention

By Alex Weprin 

  • Speaking of CNN, the channel says that season two of Anthony Bourdain’s show “Parts Unknown” will debut in just a few months, September 15. More after the jump.

  • TVByTheNumbers looks at cable news retention numbers following the Boston bombing. Not surprisingly given its higher average rating before the bombing, FNC retained the most viewers, while CNN, which had a lower average rating before, saw had less retention.


New Season of CNN’s Popular Weekend Lifestyle Series to Feature Tours of Spain, New Mexico, Israel, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo, and India

The CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, will begin its second season of eight episodes on Sunday, September 15, it was announced by Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide.

The new season of the weekend lifestyle series will explore the food, culture and history and parts unknown within Spain, New Mexico, Israel, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo and India. The program will again air on CNN International, reaching more than 271 million households around the world.

“Tony and Zero Point Zero Production have created a spectacularly beautiful, informative and entertaining series for CNN that has resonated with viewers in a profound way,” said Zucker. “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 two, and I can assure you that audiences will love what is coming up on the show.”

Launch-to-date, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is delivering 389,000 viewers in the key Adults 25-54 demo, up 440% vs. the same period one year ago (72,000) and has ranked #1 in cable news on Sunday in each of its first three weeks on the air. In total viewers, the series is up 122% (872,000 viewers vs. 392,000 viewers) at 9pm vs. CNN programming one year ago.

Hosted by the world-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning television personality, the series debuted April 14 with an inside look at Myanmar (Burma), followed by Koreatown/Los Angeles on April 21 and Columbia on April 28.

Future episodes in the first season of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown has Bourdain delving into the cultures of Quebec (May 5), Tangier (May 12), Libya (May 19), Peru (June 2) and the Congo (June 9).

Viewers can find updates, behind-the-scenes photos, and exclusive content from Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown by following the show’s Twitter account @partsunknownCNN, and accessing the CNN Parts Unknown Facebook page. During each show, viewers are invited to go to the live blog at and join in the conversation using the #PartsUnknown hashtag on Twitter.
In addition to his work on Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, the host is currently traveling the United States and Canada with his Guts & Glory” live tour, which culminates in Washington D.C. on May 13.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with Executive Producers and Founders Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, along with Executive Producer Sandra Zweig. The Emmy award winning Zero Point Zero Production has produced programs with Anthony Bourdain for more than a decade, including Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover, A Cooks Tour, and Decoding Ferran Adria.

CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 271 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.