History aud hits top gear

'Truckers' drives record audiences

Sunday night’s debut of History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers,” a reality series about men performing one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, harvested 3.4 million total viewers — the best number ever racked up by a series episode in the network’s 12-year history.

“Truckers” also scored big in History’s two key adult demos, chalking up 2 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49. These two numbers bested those of anything else the cabler has ever run, series or specials. History has commissioned nine more episodes of “Truckers.”The series follows a group of long-haul truckers driving massive vehicles through subzero temperatures in the northernmost part of North America. The exec producer is Dolores Gavin for History Channel.

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