Interview: Scott Lomu and George Wright of “Jungle Gold”

Interview: Scott Lomu and George Wright of "Jungle Gold"

After averaging 2.65 million viewers a week during its first season on Discovery Channel last fall, Jungle Gold is back, having started Season 2 on Aug. 11 (now airing on Sundays). The series chronicles the continuing efforts of former real-estate dealers George Wright and Scott Lomu as they mine for gold in Ghana in an attempt to pay off the over $1 million debt they face in the wake of the real-estate crash. This season, Scott and George have family money on the line — in the form of an investment from Scott’s father-in-law — and a new colleague, Dave … Continue reading

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Shark Week 2013 is most-watched week in Discovery Channel history

Shark Week 2013 is most-watched week in Discovery Channel history

Probably not too surprisingly, given the mega-ratings that the Megalodon special did for the network on the first night of Shark Week 2013, Discovery Channel has announced that Shark Week 2013 as a whole from Aug. 4-10 helped deliver the most-watched week (Aug. 5-11) in network history among Persons 18-49. Discovery reports that Shark Week 2013 was the most-watched Shark Week in the 26-year history of that franchise. This was across all key demos, including Persons, Men and Women 25-54/18-49/18-34. Even Discovery’s late-night talk show, Shark After Dark, was a program to beat last week. Discovery Channel says that Shark … Continue reading

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First night of Discovery’s Shark Week 2013 sets viewership records with “Megalodon” special

Although some fans on Twitter were bummed that Shark Week 2013 kicked off with a Mermaids-style “mockumentary” called Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, its premise nonetheless was enough to get them and many others tuned in. Discovery Channel reports today that Shark Week 2013 broke all viewership records in the programming event’s 26-year history last night, Aug. 4. Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives was, according to Discovery, the highest-rated and most-watched Shark Week program to date, earning a 2.60 P25-54 and 4.8 million total viewers in P2+ delivery. Over this same period in 2012, Megalodon was up 141% in the … Continue reading

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Shark Week 2013 schedule

Shark Week 2013 schedule

After 26 years, you might think Discovery Channel has little new to offer during its popular annual Shark Week programming event, but the programmers and scientists — and the sharks — continue to surprise. For Shark Week 2013, beginning Aug. 4, the network says it is including the most premiere hours in the history of the Shark Week franchise, including 11 new specials that explore everything from the prehistoric megalodon shark, to “voodoo sharks” that turn up in the bayous of Louisiana, to another installment in the popular Air Jaws series, to real shark attack footage captured by eyewitnesses, and … Continue reading

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Discovery announces limited-run “Gold Rush” spinoff series

The three crew leaders from Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush series will be featured in a limited summer series called Gold Rush South America, the network announced today. RELATED: GOLD RUSH SEASON 4 PREMIERE DATE In Gold Rush South America, premiering Aug. 2 at 9pm ET/PT, Gold Rush crew leaders Todd Hoffman, Dakota Fred and Parker Schnabel take their operations to find new, gold-rich ground in preparation for Gold Rush Season 4, which Discovery says will premiere in the fall. The spinoff series follows the miners from the jungles of South America, to the mountains of Alaska, to the Klondike. From … Continue reading

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Nik Wallenda to recount his “Skywire” walk in new Discovery special

Nik Wallenda to recount his "Skywire" walk in new Discovery special

After how dominant the ratings and viewership for Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda proved to be last Sunday, Discovery Channel would naturally be looking for any way they could to further capitalize on interest in wire-walker Nik Wallenda’s successful walk across a portion of the Grand Canyon, which enthralled viewers and had social media buzzing. They have found it with Skywire: Nik Talks the Walk, a new special premiering Sunday, June 30, at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery. In Skywire: Nik Talks the Walk, Nik Wallenda will watch his historic walk from start to finish for the first time and provide … Continue reading

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Nearly 13 million viewers watched Nik Wallenda’s Grand Canyon walk

Nearly 13 million viewers watched Nik Wallenda's Grand Canyon walk

High wire-walker Nik Wallenda was at an unprecedented height for himself during his successful walk across a portion of Grand Canyon last night, and Discovery Channel’s live coverage of his feat raised the network to impressive heights of its own. RELATED: INTERVIEW WITH NIK WALLENDA PRE-WALK Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda, a two-hour special that aired live on June 23 and covered Wallenda’s walk, delivered 8.5 million total viewers P2+ and 13 million total viewers during the actual walk segment, according to a release from Discovery Channel. Discovery says that the Skywire pre-show from 9-9:10pm ET averaged 6.25 million total … Continue reading

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Nik Wallenda is back on the wire, attempting Grand Canyon walk in Discovery special

Nik Wallenda is back on the wire, attempting Grand Canyon walk in Discovery special

“My great-grandfather said, ‘Life is on the wire, and everything else is just waiting,’” Nik Wallenda tells me in our interview. Nik Wallenda, who has been walking on wires since the age of 2 — following in the 200-year, multi-generation tradition of his famed family — recounts his great-grandfather’s saying when he is asked why he does what he does. And what he does is thrill audiences with incredible feats of high wire walking, including a year ago when he walked across Niagara Falls on a wire. RELATED: NIK WALLENDA WATCHES AND ANALYZES HIS WALK IN NEW DISCOVERY SPECIAL “It’s … Continue reading

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Lots to learn from Naked Castaway on Discovery Channel

Ed Stafford in Naked Castaway on Discovery Channel

Naked Castaway on Discovery Channel continues, as the 60 day countdown for explorer Ed Stafford, whose challenge to stay alive on an uninhabited island with no clothes, no food, no water and no survival tools, picks up with the second episode on Sunday, April 21 at 10pm ET/PT. Stafford is an ex-British Army captain who holds the honor of being the only person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River. Living for 60 days on the remote Pacific island of Olorua, located 200 miles from Fiji, is a massive challenge most people would never think of attempting, let … Continue reading

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“America’s Doomsday Plan” to be revealed on Discovery Channel

Almost certainly, it was conceived by a former Boy Scout — it’s the ultimate circumstance in which to “be prepared.” With devastating events in recent years like Hurricane Sandy, the tidal wave and nuclear disaster in Japan, the earthquakes in Haiti and Indonesia, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the so-called “doomsday” scenario has been a subject of a little more than just speculation. Discovery Channel looks at the United States government’s contingency plan for if and when such a disaster occurs in America’s Doomsday Plan, premiering Sunday, Nov. 4 at 10pm ET/PT. “I don’t want to have a major event … Continue reading

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