"Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown," "Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe" and "This Is Life with Lisa Ling" all outperformed one or both of CNN's competitors, MSNBC and Fox News, in specific demos during their time slots.
"Each of these primetime programs delivered stand-out ratings in their respective time periods," the statement read, "and further demonstrated the network’s commitment to quality, non-scripted series."
In 2015, CNN will "commission, acquire or produce" a dozen of these original series, following through on Jeff Zucker's vision to move the network away from breaking news and closer toward the realm of reality television.
"It's a really important move for the entire cable news genre ... which frankly isn't a robust, growing genre," Zucker said in October. "This is one of the ways we are trying to combat that."