When I first wrote about "Bering Sea Gold" back in December, I predicted that the show would quickly become a ratings juggernaut. I mean, honestly, how could something that's an amalgamation of "Deadliest Catch" and "Gold Rush Alaska" not do well? 


Newly released ratings from last Friday's premiere prove my estimates were right on. The series, which smartly launched directly after "Gold Rush", was the best ever debut for Discovery Channel; with over 3.66 million viewers. Coupled with "Rush's" 4.2 million, those numbers were enough to make Discovery the number one watched network in all of prime time. 


“I’m proud to be part of Discovery Channel striking gold with their highest series premiere ever,” says Thom Beers, creator and executive producer of Bering Sea Gold. “Bering Sea Gold's success proves that when you mix high-stakes drama and compelling characters, great TV happens and viewers tune in.”


The series, produced by the same team that brought "Deadliest Catch" to life, offers a new spin on searching for gold via underwater mining. 


"For two million years, glaciers have been melting into the Bering Sea and depositing sediments rich with gold into its waters," the press release states. "As Nome’s ice pack melts during the summer, the isolated, ramshackle town of eccentrics and outcasts booms with excitement, as pioneer gold seekers rush to get out onto the water. Miners dive and dredge to scour the bottom of the sea from custom built, barely seaworthy rigs -- in a race to haul in as much gold as possible before the waters become too frigid to dive."


Check out a trailer below. 


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'Bering Sea Gold' strikes ratings record
New Discovery Channel series shatters launch numbers with over 3.6M viewers.