Discovery's 'Deadliest' Still Catching Viewers Season

Season premiere hits two-year ratings high, is one of Tuesday's top shows in male demos

There are still a lot of crab to be caught, and the gang from Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” set out to do just that Tuesday as the show kicked off its ninth season with good ratings.

Nielsen estimates that the season premiere averaged a 1.6 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 3.47 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour — up 12% in the demo and 11% in total viewers for the show’s best score since June 2011. It tied with a repeat of CBS drama “NCIS” for the timeslot lead in men 18-49 (1.9/6).

For the night, Discovery ranked No. 1 among cable networks in adults 18-49 (1.2/3). And among all nets, it placed second to NBC in men 18-49 (1.5/4).

“Deadliest Catch,” from Thom Beers’ Original Productions, follows a group of seven skippers and their crew fighting through hell and back again in search of King and Opilio crab.

Following “Deadliest Catch” at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, the special “Deadliest Catch: The Legend of the Time Bandit” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.97 million viewers overall) led all cable networks for its hour in 18-49.

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