Tune In: Original Cable Programming
No. of subscribers: 92.5 million
Network topper: Jane Root
Programming toppers: Jeff Hassler, Peter Lovering
Top originals: Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs
Upcoming originals: Koppel on Discovery: Living With Cancer (special), Thomas Friedman follow-up on oil addiction (special)
The skinny: After dropping off by 14% in the number of total primetime viewers in 2005 and tumbling into 17th place among ad-supported cable networks, Discovery righted itself in 2006, climbing by 14% in total viewers, which catapulted it to 12th place. Despite the turnaround, Discovery made waves late last year when it hired Dave Zaslav, head of NBC Universal’s cable networks, to become president and CEO of all of Discovery’s networks, including TLC, Animal Planet and Travel Channel. In a short time, the G.M.s of TLC and Animal Planet had resigned and Zaslav is still making changes.