By Lynette Rice
July 14, 2010 at 10:10 PM EDT

The passing of Capt. Phil Harris continues to pull in large audiences to the sixth season of Deadliest Catch. Tuesday’s episode in which the beloved captain of the Cornelia Marie died of a pulmonary embolism attracted 8.5 million viewers – a record for the Discovery show. It was the No. 1 program in cable on Tuesday among men and women 25-54 and was the third highest-rated Discovery Channel broadcast of all time (behind Raising the Mammoth and Walking with Dinosaurs, both of which aired in 2000).

For 14 consecutive weeks, Deadliest Catch has been the No. 1 non-sports cable show among person and men 25-54. 

Meanwhile, the new episode of After the Catch wrapped the night as the second-highest ranked cable show among men and women 25-54. It averaged 6.8 million viewers. It ranks as the fifth-highest rated Discovery Channel broadcast of all time. 

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