HEAVY RESCUE: 401 Sees Big Lift With Nearly Half a Million Viewers Tuning In for Season 3 Premiere on Discovery

Toronto — January 25, 2019

– HEAVY RESCUE: 401 continues, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT –
– HEAVY RESCUE: 401 currently in production for a fourth season –

TORONTO (January 25, 2019) – Final Numeris data confirms that the Season 3 premiere of Discovery’s smash-hit original series HEAVY RESCUE: 401 increased its audience by 28% over the Season 2 debut, with more than 481,000 viewers. The debut episode was also the most-watched entertainment specialty program of the day among the key demo of A25-54 with 253,000 viewers. To date, more than 2.2 million unique viewers have tuned in to the first episode of Season 3. Discovery also confirmed today that production is underway on a fourth season, with crews currently filming in locations across Ontario. The fourth season is scheduled to premiere exclusively on Discovery in 2020. The success of HEAVY RESCUE: 401 coincides with an overall growth in viewership for Discovery this broadcast year to date, seeing a 12% audience increase across the key A25-54 demo, and boasting three Top 10 programs among entertainment specialty with CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, HIGHWAY THRU HELL, and GOLD RUSH. Produced by Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc., the makers of the Discovery’s fan-favourite series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401 tells the dramatic stories of heavy recovery tow truck drivers who continue the good fight across one of North America’s busiest and most unforgiving series of highways. In next weeks’ episode, “There’s Got to Be a Way,” premiering Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, a freak bout of thick fog descends on the highway, turning a seemingly simple recovery into one of the most dangerous jobs of Gary’s career; a mangled trailer forces the Ross crew to take a chance on a very unconventional maneuver; and Bubba must learn to be a leader when a heavy lumber wreck puts his skills to the test. HEAVY RESCUE: 401 is produced by Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. in association with Discovery Canada. Executive Producer is Mark Miller. Series producer is Todd Serotiuk. For Discovery, Bruce Glawson is Executive Producer. Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual, and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Edwina Follows is General Manager, Discovery Networks. Shawn Redmond is Vice-President, Discovery Networks and TSN. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.  

Source: Numeris, BYTD18/19 8/27/18 to 1/13/19, Ranking based on programs with 3+ airings

About Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc.:
Thunderbird Entertainment Group is a Vancouver-based global multiplatform entertainment company with offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and London. Thunderbird creates award-winning scripted, unscripted and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as Canadian and International broadcasters. Thunderbird’s vision is to produce high quality, socially responsible content that makes the world a better place.  The Company develops, produces and distributes animated, factual and scripted content through its various divisions, including Atomic Cartoons, Great Pacific Television, Thunderbird Productions and Thunderbird Releasing Limited.

About Bell Media Original Programming:
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL; the record-breaking Canadian formats THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA; the original international TV format THE LAUNCH; satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; new comedy series JANN; new lifestyle series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; Bravo’s mystery dramedy CARTER; Comedy’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED;  Crave’s hit comedy LETTERKENNY and recently announced mockumentary NEW EDEN; and SnackableTV’s interactive stand-up series JOKEOFF and upcoming animated series LITTLEKENNY. In addition to adventure drama FRONTIER, Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, in addition to new original series DISASTERS AT SEA, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.

About Discovery:
With compelling real-life programming that inspires and entertains, Discovery reveals the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. Discovery offers a signature mix of adrenaline-charged stories, larger-than-life personalities and vivid imagery for viewers with curious minds. With the best factual 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. Discovery Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and Discovery Communications Inc. Find more information and interactive online features at Discovery.ca



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