Gold Rush drives Discovery to best ever prime time quarter

DetailsJane Wolfe | 07 April 2015

Discovery Channel saw the best quarter in its history during the prime time slot in the first quarter of 2015, in both total viewers P2+ delivery and persons 25-54 rating in Live + 3, largely due to the success of the reality TV show Gold Rush.

Discovery-Channel-logos-discovery-channel-12245114-1024-768-e13353296435691-350x262The network also experienced increases in a wide range of demos compared with the same quarter in 2014.

Q1 2015 prime time ended with Discovery delivering 1.652 total viewers P2+ (up 9% against Q1 2014) with 0.843 persons 25-54 rating (up 4% on Q1 2014). The channel also finished as the quarter's fifth cable network in prime time among persons 25-54.

Discovery's prime time ratings growth was balanced when it came to the sexes, with men 25-54 and women 25-54 both up 4% on the previous year's quarter. The network has also made major strides in a wide range of demos including millennials, core viewers, children, and families as the network climbed the demo rankers among women 25-54 (No 12 for the quarter, up five ranking positions), persons 18-34 (No ten, up five positions) and persons six-11 (No 12, up eight) compared with Q1 2014.

Gold Rush topped all unscripted shows in key demos on cable in Q1 2015 with persons 25-54 and 18-49 and men 25-54/18-49/18-34, while becoming No 7 on cable among women 25-54. It was also the No 2 unscripted series in all of television for men 25-54/18-49/18-34, just beaten by The Voice.

Another Discovery Channel reality show, Alaskan Bush People, was a top three unscripted show on cable in Q1 2015 with HH (No 2), persons 25-54 (No 3), men 25-54 (No 2), men 18-49 (No 2), men 18-34 (No 3) and total viewers P2+ (No 2) delivery. It also ranked among the top ten among women 25-54 for the quarter (No 9).

Among the top ten unscripted shows in the quarter, Discovery claimed three among persons 25-54 (Gold Rush, Alaskan Bush People and Street Outlaws), five among men 25-54 (Gold Rush, Alaskan Bush People, Street Outlaws, Bering Sea Gold and Moonshiners)) and two among women 25-54 (Gold Rush and Alaskan Bush People).