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Ratings: ‘Stroumboulopoulos’ Debuts In Friday Time Period

CNN’s “Stroumboulopoulos” debuted in its permanent Friday evening time period last week, and–as promised–we have the ratings. The program averaged 303,000 total viewers, and 76,000 viewers adults 25-54 Friday at 11 PM.

Those numbers put the program third in cable news in total viewers, behind a repeat of “The O’Reilly Factor” on FNC and “MSNBC Investigates” on MSNBC. In the demo it placed fourth, just behind “Showbiz Tonight” on HLN. The full scoreboard will be up shortly.

The Friday premiere was up in total viewers from its Sunday debut last week, but down slightly in the demo. The Sunday premiere was up against tough competition, with the NBA Finals, the Tony Awards, “Mad Men” and “Falling Skies” all going head to head with Strombo’s program. Friday’s show did not face any tough TV competition, though it is a time period that likely had a much smaller potential viewer pool than Sunday saw.

Compared to Fridays at 11 PM season to date, the debut was down -43% in total viewers, and -63% in the demo.

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Stroumboulopoulos vs. Stephanopoulous

The New Republic has done us all a great favor, pitting ABC News “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulous against an encroacher from the north: CNN host George Stroumboulopoulos.

We know how they stack up on TV, so TNR decided to focus on the important things:

Famous Bald Friend

Stroumboulopoulos: Samuel L. Jackson
Stephanopoulous: James Carville

Advantage: Stroumboulopoulos

On-Air Accessories

Stroumboulopoulos: Two earrings (same ear), a large skull ring, and, frequently, jazzy socks.
Stephanopoulous: Tie

Advantage: Stephanopoulous

Who won? Find out here.

CNN’s ‘Stroumboulopoulos’ Debuts Soft

The series premiere of CNN’s new talk show “Stroumboulopoulos” debuted Sunday night at 10 PM, following a new episode of Anthony Bourdain‘s “Parts Unknown.”

The debut of “Strombo” was soft, with the program garnering 192,000 total viewers, and 78,000 adults 25-54. Of course, Sunday was a very competitive night, with the Tony Awards on CBS, the NBA Finals on ABC, “Game of Thrones” on HBO, “Mad Men” on AMC and the season premiere of “Falling Skies” on TNT.

Somewhat more troubling was that the George Stroumboulopoulos-hosted program did not retain its “Parts Unknown” lead-in. “Parts Unknown” had two and a half times as many total viewers and two and a half times as many A25-54. All of the cable news channels were down year to year in that timeslot. The full weekend scoreboard will be up later today.

“Stroumboulopoulos” will move to its normal (and much less competitive) timeslot Friday at 11 PM, so we will let you know the ratings there once it debuts.

Another cable news debut this weekend was on MSNBC, with the 4 PM show “Disrupt” with Karen Finney. That program averaged 224,000 total viewers and 55,000 A25-54 on Saturday, and 215,000 total viewers and 49,000 A25-54 on Sunday. On both days it was was up slightly in total viewers compared to last year, and down slightly in the demo.

Stroumboulopoulos Meets Stephanopoulos Ahead of CNN Debut

CNN’s new talk show host, George Stroumboulopoulos, made the TV rounds on his new channel and elsewhere this week to promote his new series “Stroumboulopoulos.”

First, the important thing: Stroumboulopoulos finally went face to face on “Good Morning America” with a certain American news anchor with a very similar name: George Stephanopoulos.

He also appeared on CNN’s “Starting Point,” where he says he grew up a big sports fan, and started his career as a sports reporter:
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CNN’s George Stroumboulopoulos Talk Show To Debut June 9

CNN has finally scheduled its new Friday-evening talk show hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos. The series will actually launch on Sunday, June 9th following Anthony Bourdain‘s “Parts Unknown,” before moving to Fridays starting June 14th.

CNN also announced some of the guests that “Strombo” will be talking to during his run this Summer. The debut episode will feature Wiz Khalifa, Ellen Page and comic book icon Robert Kirkman. Future guests will include Keanu Reeves, Martin Short, Betty White, Bill Maher and Sharon Stone, according to CNN.

“Stroumboulopoulos” is a big bet for CNN, not only because of the new entertainment-centric format, but also because it will be the first studio show that the channel isn’t actually producing itself. Embassy Row Productions, which produces “Watch What Happens Live” on Bravo and “The Talking Dead” on AMC, is producing the program.

Zucker: ‘Parts Unknown’ ‘The True Measure of What We Want This Network to Be’

Calling it a “huge part of what CNN is going to to be,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker welcomed hundreds of guests to Porter House at Time Warner Center for a launch event for the network’s newest show hosted by Anthony Bourdain. “Parts Unknown” debuts Sunday night at 9pmET/PT.

CNN is, in fact, venturing into parts unknown with what Bourdain is cooking up. Bringing in a well-known non-news talent for a weekly one-hour travel/food/cultural awareness show is a departure for the network. Still, Zucker calls “Parts Unknown,” “the true measure of what we want this network to be.”

“We have a true television star in our midst,” said Zucker, who was quickly reminded of the dozen other on air talent in the room. “Not that we don’t have great television stars at CNN …Brooke Baldwin,” said Zucker, noticing the daytime anchor in the crowd, “You’re a television star.” We also spotted Anderson Cooper, (who dropped in before his show) Piers Morgan, Ashleigh Banfield, A.J. Hammer, Christine Romans (above with Bourdain and Baldwin) and John Berman.

Zucker heaped praise on CNN’s SVP of talent and content development Amy Entelis and Vinnie Malhotra, SVP of development and acquisitions, who began courting Bourdain a year ago. Bourdain had hosted “No Reservations” on Travel Channel since 2005.

“I’m grateful to be with CNN,” Bourdain told the crowd. “I got my official CNN ID today so I guess the cavity searches are over.”

The first of 8 original episodes airs Sunday. A second season is set for the Fall. The network is also developing a show with documentarian Morgan Spurlock, and this week announced it would add a Friday night studio audience talk show with CBC host George Stroumboulopoulos.

More pictures from last night after the jump…

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The CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos To Host Weekly Show On CNN

Credit: Vanessa Heins for CNN

Longtime CBC host George Stroumboulopoulos will be joining CNN to host a new weekly interview/talk program for the channel.

CNN has ordered 10 episodes of the hour-long series, which will debut this Summer on Friday nights. Interestingly, CNN will not produce the interview show. Rather, the program will be produced by Embassy Row Productions, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television that also produces Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live” and AMC’s “The Taking Dead.”

Stroumboulopoulos has been a staple on Canadian airwaves for 20 years, currently hosting “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” on the CBC. He will remain as the host of his eponymous program up north. His CNN show will shoot in Los Angeles in front of a live audience.

More information, after the jump.
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