In November of 2011, 12.4 million tuned in when Sawyer interviewed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — 11 months after Giffords was shot in an assassination attempt.
And in March of ’12, more than 15 million viewers watched Sawyer interview Jaycee Dugard about her kidnap from a South Lake Tahoe bus stop and 18-year captivity.
ABC News announced Wednesday that Sawyer will next conduct the first TV interview with Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old schoolgirl from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban last October because she believed that girls should have the right to go to school. Sawyer’s exclusive interview won’t air until October, so as to coincide with the publication of Yousafzai’s book “I Am Malala” — in much the same way Sawyer’s interview with Knox was timed to coincide with the drop date on the book “Waiting to be Heard: A Memoir by Amanda Knox.”
Three episodes into its first-season run, “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” has been renewed for a second season on CNN.
Since the Sunday series debuted April 14, it has averaged 389,000 viewers between ages 25 and 54 — up 440 percent compared to CNN’s programming in that slot one year ago (72,000 viewers). In the age bracket, the show has ranked No. 1 among cable news networks on Sunday in each of its first three weeks on the air. Among viewers of all ages, Bourdain’s show is up 122 percent (872,000 vs. 392,000) at 9 p.m., compared to CNN’s programming in the slot a year ago.
“In addition to its runaway ratings success, it is also quite the conversation starter, as anyone who follows social media can attest,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said in Wednesday’s announcement.
In its second season, the network said, “Parts Unknown” will explore the food and culture of Spain, New Mexico, Israel, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo and India.
The show’s second season — like its first — will also run on CNN International, which has a reach of more than 271 million households.
The second season is scheduled to debut Sept. 15.
To read previous columns by Lisa de Moraes, go to washingtonpost.com/tvblog.