By Aly Semigran
Updated October 24, 2011 at 09:25 PM EDT
Credit: AL GRILLO/Discovery Channel

Todd Hoffman (pictured) and the group of miners of Sandy, Oregon, will still be searching for gold during the second season of their wildly popular reality series Gold Rush: Alaska, but the show has already brought that to their home network Discovery. The first season alone drew an average of 3 million viewers and clearly struck a nerve with audiences.

While Discovery president and GM Clark Bunting credited the theme of the show about a “group of everyday men [who] have harnessed their hopes and dreams and combined it with ferocity of spirit in an attempt to rekindle the American Dream for their families … Gold Rush: Alaska reflects what many Americans are feeling right now,” we want to know why you tuned in, PopWatchers, before the show makes its return on Friday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m.

Is it because you’re obsessed with the wave of Cash For Gold prospecting that’s happened over the past few years, or were you simply excited to see something about Alaska that had nothing to do with Sarah Palin? Is it, as Bunting suggested, a series chronicling the revival of the American Dream, thanks to the hard-working Hoffman and crew? Or is it simple reality television escapism in which you essentially get to watch real-life Yosemite Sams? Share why you watched the first season of Gold Rush: Alaska, and if you plan to watch season two on Friday, in the comments section below.

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