Jungle Gold finished the season strong with viewers, but tonight's behind-the-scenes episode may determine for many whether or not they are interested in following George and Scott a second season.
Jungle Gold steadily gained ground for Discovery Channel in its first season, as fans got to know gold miners Scott Lomu and George Wright VI. Scott and George are family men from Utah, and are attempting to alleviate some, potentially all, of their financial debt via gold mining. Scott and George began the season $1 million in debt, after losing it all as realtors when the so-called “financial bubble” burst, leaving them on the losing end of the boom. But, after weeks in Ghana, the two did nothing but find themselves in one disaster after another, which they continued to make worse by chasing scheme after scheme in the effort to find the gold they were so desperate to dig out of the African ground. In the end, when they could not make a deal for new, proven land, they were only able to find dirt, and went back to Utah $1.3 million in debt.
As Scott and George hit the bottom last week, Discovery Channel fans were watching. Jungle Gold earned 1.94 HH/1.49 P25-54 rating, and it delivered 2.74 million viewers Persons 2+. Jungle Gold out-delivered all broadcast television programs among Men on Friday evening, earning the #3 spot in all of television in Men 18-49 delivery. Second only to Gold Rush, Jungle Gold was the #2 cable program, no exclusions, among Persons and Men 25-54 and Persons 18-49 delivery on Friday night.
Yes, fans were watching. But, after a season finale that viewers found highly suspicious, the Discovery Channel is offering fans a behind-the-scenes look tonight on Jungle Gold: Behind the Scenes. According to the Discovery Channel:
This behind the scenes special includes unseen footage and follows the film crew's battle with floods, machete attacks and dangerous conditions in Ghana. Also included is terrifying insight into the armed robbery caught on camera in the season finale.
Will this “insight” be enough to convince viewers that, in fact, Jungle Gold is a real look at Ghana gold mining, and not just producer-fixed ups and downs in the jungle? Or, will fans take a behind-the-scenes look and shrug their shoulders, continuing to believe that the season was all TV magic?
Jungle Gold airs on Discovery Channel on Friday nights at 10/9c.
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