Premiere of History's 'The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man' Garners 3.2 Million Total Viewers

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August 7th, 2013

Shelby the Swamp Man

via press release:




#1 Non-Fiction Series for the Night
HISTORY Takes #1 in Cable in 10-11 p.m. Timeslot



NEW YORK, August 7, 2013 – Off the heels of HISTORY’s hit show AX MEN, the series premiere of THE LEGEND OF SHELBY THE SWAMP MAN on Monday night averaged 3.2 million total viewers, 1.6 million Adults 25-54 and 1.5 million Adults 18-49 in the 10-11 p.m. timeslot.  The series propelled HISTORY to #1 in all of cable in the 10 – 11 p.m. time period among total viewers.


For the past four seasons, viewers of HISTORY’s hit series AX MEN followed the exploits of Shelby “Swamp Man” Stanga, the larger-than-life character who lives and logs in southern Louisiana. Born on the bayou, Shelby answers to no one and plays by his own rules. Most people think of the swamps as a place ridden with critters, mud and danger. For Shelby, it’s home. Now, viewers will get to see what this legend of the Atchafalaya Swamp does to survive when he’s not diving for sinker cypress in gator-infested waters in THE LEGEND OF SHELBY THE SWAMP MAN, a new series airing Tuesdays at 10pm ET on HISTORY.


THE LEGEND OF SHELBY THE SWAMP MAN is produced for HISTORY by Original Productions. Matt Ginsburg is Executive Producer for HISTORY. Executive Producers for Original Productions are Thom Beers, Philip D. Segal, Jeff Conroy and Sarah Whalen.  Co-Executive Producer is Michelle Niland.

HISTORY®, now reaching more than 98 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hit series including American Pickers®, American Restoration™, Ax Men™, Ice Road Truckers®, Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and Top Shot® as well as History’s first scripted series Vikings, and epic miniseries and special programming such as The Bible and the Emmy® Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY’s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial. For more press information and photography, please visit us at

  • joethehobo

    Seriously? This got more viewers than The Newsroom?

  • Jon

    What’s the deal with all the swamp shows?

  • ParkerWyeth

    Not sure what the attraction is, but the Atchafalaya(uh-chaff-fuh-lie-yuh) Basin is beautiful. It’s the largest wetland in the U.S. and the world’s largest freshwater river basin.

  • Ray

    This is a wild guess, but I’d say Joethehobo didn’t watch the show.

  • Cody

    What the hell is this crap? A guy is being paid to destroy stuff and be a loud and obnoxious buffoon? Where’s my paycheck?!

  • Ray R

    I was not gonna watch the show but it is a very entertaining show worth watching atleast 30 minutes to give it your own opinion

  • dave

    This show rocks. Porters ridge is prob. The worst so called reality show on tv.

  • NJL

    This show is great. It reached the number one viewer watched show immediately. This show will compete for a very long time.
    Go Shelby Go.

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