Discovery Channel Continues to Pull in Big Ratings With 'Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice' and 'Yukon Men'

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September 5th, 2012

via press release:





(Silver Spring, Md.) –Discovery kept the momentum going for the second week in a row with ‘Do or Die Friday’ lineup of BERING SEA GOLD: UNDER THE ICE and YUKON MEN, which were the top two programs in cable (excluding sports) for Men 25-54. BERING SEA GOLD: UNDER THE ICE once again produced big ratings on Friday, August 31 at 9pm ET/PT. BERING SEA GOLD: UNDER THE ICE was the #1 non-sports program in cable among P/M 25-54 delivery and #2 among M 18-49 delivery. Earning a 1.09 HH / 0.84 P25-54, the one-hour program delivered an average of 1.58 million viewers P2+.


Additionally, freshman series YUKON MEN came in with large numbers on Friday, August 31 at 10pm ET/PT. YUKON MEN was the #2 non-sports program in cable among M25-54. Earning a 1.07 HH/ .076 P25-54, this one-hour program delivered an average of 1.48 million viewers P2+.


BERING SEA GOLD: UNDER THE ICE follows three gold mining teams run by driven dredge captains whose very livelihoods depend on mining this wet and frozen gold. Split second thinking, extreme focus, and team work are key to staying alive under the ice. The risks are great, and the payoff is even greater.


In new Discovery series YUKON MEN, the residents of Tanana, Alaska are about to face one of the most brutal winters on record. People struggle to find food and heat; battle life-threatening predators just to survive. Boys grow into men quickly here because they must help the family survive. Father-son bonding and tensions take on a new meaning in this environment. The stakes are high in Tanana, and to defy the odds, to survive and to battle the harsh Alaskan wilderness, the residents must overcome obstacles, stick together and prevail.


BERING SEA GOLD: UNDER THE ICE returns this Friday, September 7 at 9pm ET/PT, followed by YUKON MEN at 10pm ET/PT.


  • Bobby

    I caught the epitaph for John as well, and immediately hit the internet to see what I could find. Everyone here seems to know as much as I do.
    I just hope it didn’t have anything to do with the big argument the Clark crew had on the show.
    Since John was a crew member, it seems a little odd to just quickly put that epitaph at the very end with nothing else said, dontcha think?

  • Shawn

    Police investigates
    man’s death
    In the morning hours of Sept. 1, Nome police officers responded to a.
    report of an unexpected death on the east end of First Avenue.
    NPD confirmed the death of John Bunce, 26 of Nome, but declined to.
    comment on the manner or cause of death.
    NPD said the death is under investigation.
    Bunce’s remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

    My condolences to the entire Bunce family. Appeared to be a young man very full of life, and a loyal friend. Not enough people like this in the world. Godspeed John!

  • James

    my prayers go out to his family and friends and for jeff guns save lives remember that

  • ann marie

    wow! one comment and you all start arguing. lets remember someone passed away……let it go man! if you all want to argue about guns, do it face to face, on your own time… all sound ridiculous. have some respect.

    thank you

  • janey

    On the show it said he was born in 1988. Everything i read on the internet says he was 25 or 26. If he were born in 88 he would be 27. That makes me think no one has all the facts yet

  • flipper

    From his friend mike in nome. He said john went home @1130 to watch the show. At 330 am it was reported by NPD a 26 year old male was deceased at a 1st street residence in nome victim to accidental gunshot wound to head. Investigation pending. Google it and read for yourself. Oh and Furlong you wont. Survive in Alaska without firearms. There isn’t a Piggly Wiggly in nome alaska.

  • Nikki

    Janey, if born in 88, he would be 23 or 24 depending on the month and date of birth. I was born in 86 and am 26. Do math before you comment and look like a moron.

  • Ken M

    Well to clear up a little confusion, On the end of the show it said 1985-2012. So depending on if his birthday was before sept 1st or after would determin if he was 26 or 27, but from what I read, it seems as he was 26 so his 27th birthday would have been somewhere from now till the end of the year…
    But the reason I searched about John is to see what happen since I am only one year older then him and its not fair to be cut so short on life and my prayers go out to him, his friends and family… I dont know him personally but I know that even though he is not here he still will be remembered and live with the people that love him. John I really feel bad that you had this accident and at such a young age but I know you are in a good place now. Best wishes to his friends and family!!

    AS FOR THAT DUDE JEFF… There is a place and time for everything, if you’d like to go talk about your thoughts on guns then go to some town hall meeting or talk to someone who cares about it. Im sure guns are a necessity out in those northern remote areas, its a way of life for many just even to stay protected from animals.. but that shouldnt be talked on this page at all, so shame on you for posting a rude comment like that.

  • Zeke

    Yeah, “accidental” gunshot to the head. Sucks

  • Nick

    Ann Marie it was one very stupid and ignorant comment, and no one is arguing, we are all just bagging on that Dumba** Jeff dude. I think were all in agreement. It was a tragedy and Jeff is an idiot!!

  • Someone Who Cares

    It is always sad when someone passes before they have lived a full life. I hope his family finds peace soon, in his death. I know from experience the horrible pain of losing a son. My sincere condolences are given to them.

    On a different note, Jeff is just an ignorant individual. Ignorance requires experience, in order to separate from it. Unfortunately, extreme liberals need more than that. I am of the opinion he is one of those. A people whom I wouldn’t want them to have any experience with a gun.

    It’s kinda the same thing.

  • Someone Who Cares

    I understand what you were trying to say. I couldn’t agree with you more. Just to clarify to everyone else, by saying “the U.S.” he meant “my home” and by “people” he meant “the neighbors on my rights neighbors to their left”. Make total sense, Jeff.

    Also, to those who think this is not appropriate, this is not a thread about the death of John. It is regarding the show as a whole. As I am not losing site of the seriousness of his death, you should not lose site of what this is about.

  • Trip


  • Laura

    Shawn, well said. To the family of John Patrick Bunce I am very sorry for your loss and may it help you to know that many people are praying for John and your family.

  • debra andersen

    It’s always sad to see that one of the people risking thier lives to better themselves! Hope for his family it wasn’t a death cause by violients!

  • Lizzy

    This was an accident that involved too much alcohol. Redneck or not, if you overindulge you make poor choices. Judgement is the first to go. That is what happened in this case. The lesson is not about being a responsible firearms owner/handler as much as it is drinking responsibly and knowing your limits. This should be the focus here.

  • Laura

    No one knows exactly what happened here…..Or what was in his head or his heart…it’s just sad,sad that it happened, sad for his family and friends and sad that a young life ended so soon…..There isn’t necessarily a lesson to be learned…it’s just the way it is…it’s life…maybe we should all just be a little kinder to each other….and be thankful for the blessings we have now and love your family and friends while we have them…..

    My little brother passed away three years ago in an accident…he left two young boys, a large family and many many friends….he always used to tell us “we aren’t here for a long time, we’re here for a good time”. He’s right… kind and have fun….life is way to short…….

  • Scott

    Shawn excellent post make sure u patent that sign I’ll purchase one

  • Lt.

    Oh poor Jeff.. I would say something very intelligent to confuse you with big words; as a matter of fact, I will dumb it down so far that I will not allow my redneck verbiage confuse you either. You lack the common sense required for basic comprehension among good people. You sir are a worthless representation of a free society. Now please be so kind and shut the hell up before you go and hurt yourself by saying something stupid to the wrong person.

  • mike w

    Ban idiots like jeff furlong.

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