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Gold Rush

Image Credit: Discovery ChannelDiscovery is renewing two freshman reality shows that have delivered big ratings: Gold Rush: Alaska and Flying Wild Alaska.

Both will return for second seasons, says Discovery President and GM Clark Bunting.

The Alaskan duo have averaged 3 million viewers for Gold Rush and 2 million for Flying Wild on Friday nights, the latter ranking as the highest-rated new series premiere in Discovery history. Gold Rush airs its season finale tonight. The network will also air a one-hour behind-the-scenes special, Full Disclosure. Flying Wild continues through next month.

“This group of everyday men have harnessed their hopes and dreams and combined it with ferocity of spirit in an attempt to rekindle the American Dream for their families,” Bunting says. “Gold Rush: Alaska reflects what many Americans are feeling right now, and it’s clearly struck a chord with our audience. [On Flying Wild] viewers have simply fallen in love with the quirky Tweto family and their intrepid team of pilots, and we’re excited to see how much more they push the limits next season.”

Along with veteran hit Deadliest Catch, the two programs have shown that Alaska-based reality fare can really deliver for the network. Gold Rush and Flying Wild have made the cable network competitive with the major broadcasters in some demos on the tough-to-program evening. Here’s a preview of the finale.

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