Discovery drew a record audience for "Deadliest Catch" of 8.5 million viewers who tuned in Tuesday night to watch how the show handled Capt. Phil Harris’ death, reports Maria Elena Fernandez at the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog.
The audience ranked the episode as Discovery’s third-most-watched telecast in its history, following the 2000 broadcasts of "Raising the Mammoth" and "Walking with Dinosaurs," the story says. "I know I’m still thinking about Josh Harris’ sad call to his brother, Jake, in rehab to let him know their father had passed away," Fernandez writes. "Viewers had just seen the beautiful goodbye scene with Josh and his father: Capt. Phil kissed his hand and put it to his son’s face, and then Josh leaned down and kissed his father’s forehead … It was incredibly moving and, considering that this had never happened on a reality show before, executive producer Thom Beers should be commended for his respectful treatment of the Harris family and his viewers."