via Syfy press release:
VIEWERS SEEK SYFY’S DESTINATION TRUTH AS SERIES SCORES WITH RECORD-BREAKING SEASON PREMIERE!
‘Destination Truth’ Season 3 Premiere at 10pm Is Series’ Most-Watched Episode Ever
Series Scores Double-Digit Gains Over Season 2 Premiere
‘Ghost Hunters’ Continues Winning Streak
Syfy is #1 Cable Network in 9pm Hour
New York, NY September 10, 2009 Last night, the return of Destination Truth paired with an all-new episode of Ghost Hunters resulted in a triumphant night for Syfy’s successful reality duo. Destination Truth, hosted by fearless adventurer Josh Gates, opened its 3rd season with a record-smashing debut episode at 10pm, delivering a 1.5 Household rating, 1.2 million Adults 18-49, 1.3 million Adults 25-54 and 2.1 million total viewers.
At 9pm, Ghost Hunters delivered a 1.9 Household rating, 1.5 million Adults 18-49, 1.6 million Adults 25-54 and 2.6 million total viewers, making Syfy the #1 cable network in the 9pm hour among Adults 18-49.
In 8-11pm prime, Syfy was the #2 cable network among Adults 18-49
Destination Truth achieved series highs on all four of the aforementioned measures
Compared to the season 2 premiere on 3/5/08, this is up +7% in Household rating, +20% in Adults 18-49, +26% in Adults 25-54 and +25% in total viewers.
This is the first episode of Destination Truth to deliver over 2.0 million total viewers.
Destination Truth was the #8 entertainment program on cable among Adults 25-54.
Next week, the Ghost Hunters head to New Jersey to investigate disturbances at the Union County Courthouse and a private home in New Hampshire. Then, Josh and crew spend a night on an island overrun by allegedly haunted dolls, then dive headfirst into the dark waters of the Bahamas in search of one of the area’s most infamous legends.
In October 2004, Syfy introduced Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson plumbers by day, Ghost Hunters by night! The success of its spin-off series, Ghost Hunters International, cemented the Ghost Hunters brand as the top paranormal franchise in cable. The franchise just expanded further with the greenlight of a brand-new pilot, Ghost Hunters Academy. Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Hunters Academy are produced in association with Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Films and Television (Dirty Jobs, The Ultimate Fighter, My Fair Wedding). Piligian and Thomas Thayer, along with Rob Katz and Alan David, serve as executive producers.
On Destination Truth, world traveler and intrepid explorer Josh Gates takes viewers off the map and around the globe in search of the answers to some of the world’s most intriguing unexplained mysteries. This season, Josh will travel to some of the most extreme locations on earth, including the isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and the heart of the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl. Viewers will also ride along on unprecedented investigations, including the world’s first overnight exploration of King Tut’s cursed tomb and pitch-black dives in ancient Caribbean caves. Destination Truth is executive produced by Brad Kuhlman for Ping Pong Productions (1000 Places to See Before You Die, Celebrity Rehab, FM Nation). Bechara Gholam serves as co-executive producer.
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