Discovery Joined by 320,000 Viewers on Trip to the Edge of the Solar System: PLUTO: FIRST ENCOUNTER was Most-Watched Specialty Program Wednesday Night

— July 17, 2015

– Special encore airing Sunday, July 19 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Discovery –

Joining NASA’s New Horizon’s historic mission to the edge of the solar system, Discovery’s original special PLUTO: FIRST ENCOUNTER drew an average audience of 319,100 viewers this past Wednesday (July 15) to become the day’s most-watched specialty broadcast, early overnight data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms. Anchored by DAILY PLANET co-host Dan Riskin from Mission Central in Maryland, the one-hour special was also the #1 specialty program of the day among Adults 25-54 (152,700) and bested MISSION PLUTO on National Geographic Channel (July 14) by 151% (127,200, 2+). In all, more than 730,000 Canadians watched some part of PLUTO: FIRST ENCOUNTER. A special encore of PLUTO: FIRST ENCOUNTER airs this Sunday, July 19 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Discovery. **Media Note** Photography for PLUTO: FIRST ENCOUNTER available online at Produced by Discovery Canada’s in-house production company Exploration Production Inc. (EPI), PLUTO: FIRST ENCOUNTER is executive produced by Kelly McKeown. Producer and Director is Shelley Ayres, Senior Producer is Cindy Bahadur, and Supervising Producer is Agatha Rachpaul. This latest special follows the 2014 success of EPI’s LANDING ON A COMET: ROSETTA MISSION, which attracted 381,000 viewers (final data), making it the #1 specialty program in its timeslot. Following its world premiere in Canada on Wednesday night, PLUTO: FIRST ENCOUNTER aired around the world later that day on Discovery International networks, including Eastern, Central, and Western Europe, the U.K., Scandinavia, the Middle-East and Africa, China, India, South and Central Asia, Australia, South America, and the U.S. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: Discovery Canada on Facebook: Discovery Canada on Twitter: @DiscoveryCanada Dr. Dan Riskin on Twitter: @riskindan New Horizons Pluto Mission on Twitter: @NewHorizons2015 Pluto Hashtag: #PlutoFlyBy   Source: Numeris (BBM Canada)

About EPI:

Discovery Canada’s in-house production company, Exploration Production Inc. (EPI), is a multi-award-winning producer of ambitious, original, entertaining factual documentaries and series, for both Discovery and other international broadcasters. By the end of 2015, EPI will have delivered more than 3000 hours of television programming in the form of a daily science magazine show, series, and specials. EPI programming has been broadcast in more than 150 countries, in two-dozen languages, to potential viewing audiences of more than 600 million conventional, cable and satellite subscribers. EPI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Canada, a joint-venture between Bell Media (Canada) and Discovery Communications Inc. Visit for more information.


About Discovery:
The world is just awesome! With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. As Canada’s #1 entertainment specialty channel, Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best non-fiction programming from Canada and around the world, Discovery captures the excitement of a passion for life – one lived fully and at its most extreme. With exceptional and immersive storytelling, the channel offers in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the extraordinary people and places that shape our world. Launched in Canada in 1995, Discovery is now available in more than eight million Canadian homes. Discovery is offered in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) simulcast – for viewers who want an even bigger and bolder experience. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at


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