A miniseries executive produced by Ridley Scott bowed Monday night to strong viewership numbers. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Discovery drew an average of 3.4 million viewers for the first two hours of its six-hour miniseries “Klondike.”
"The scripted drama, the first of its kind at the network, brought its most-watched Monday prime time to date — and it performed especially well among men," the story reports. "’Klondike’ averaged a 2.3 rating among men 25-54. Among adults 25-54, it was somewhat softer, with a 1.7 rating."
The report adds: "Being the network’s first scripted effort, there is little precedent for ‘Klondike’ — though the order and three-night delivery clearly were inspired by History’s gangbuster performance by ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ in 2012."
Discovery is making a move into scripted original programming, but has said "Klondike" is a one-time event and the channel has no plans for a follow-up.
"Discovery already is reteaming with producers Scott Free Entertainment for adaptation of a miniseries based on Nigel Tranter’s historical books ‘The Wallace’ and ‘The Bruce Trilogy,’" the report notes.
The final two hours of "Klondike" are set to air tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.