Discovery Miniseries ‘Klondike’ Opens to 3.4 Million Viewers

Klondike Ratings Discovery

Monday's bow was net's first scripted offering

Discovery’s first scripted project, the three-part miniseries “Klondike,” opened to OK-but-unspectacular numbers Monday night.

Nielsen estimates that the two-hour premiere of “Klondike” averaged 3.4 million viewers and powered the net to its most-watched Monday ever. A special episode of “Gold Rush” served as a lead-in and drew about the same number of viewers as the movie but fared better in demos.

“Klondike,” based on Charlotte Gray’s novel “Gold Diggers” and starring Richard Madden and Augustus Prew as adventurers in search of gold in the Yukon Wilderness during the 1890s, was put in development a few months after History scored monster numbers (more than 13 million viewers) for its three-night “Hatfields & McCoys.”

Sam Shepard, Abbie Cornish and Tim Roth also star in the mini, which also airs Tuesday and Wednesday. “Klondike” is a co-production between Discovery, independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), and Nomadic Pictures, in association with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions.

Discovery has wanted to get in the scripted game, and thought “Klondike” would be a good complement to its reality skeins like “Gold Rush” and “Jungle Gold.” An original episode of “Gold Rush,” cable’s top-rated Friday series, led into “Klondike” on Monday and drew about 3.47 million viewers.

In adults 25-54, “Klondike” (1.68 million) dropped off from its “Gold Rush” lead-in (2.05 million).

“Klondike” is Discovery’s first scripted effort, but the network has numerous other projects in the works. Among them are a miniseries about 13th century Scotland and “North and South,” based on a trilogy of novels by the same name from John Jakes and centering on Antebellum America and the Civil War.

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  1. Joe says:

    Yes, Tre, The sound was lousy like the sound on most movies today. Sound people think they have to include so much STREET NOISE and MUSIC? that they cover up what is being said, therefore making it hard to follow the plot. They need to get over it and use some common sense and good judgement. I think a bunch of the need fired. Every year they cover up the singer’s words by setting the band’s sound too loud. SOUND PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!jma

  2. Judy Foley says:

    Too bad Discovery decided to put in nudity, some strong language, and some sexual content because I am a teacher. My 6th graders just read a story about the Gold Rush and all the scams that went on. The miniseries would have been great for them to watch without all the inappropriate stuff. For adults, it’s fine: an excellent story with very likable characters that you care about quickly and some villains that are easy to hate.

  3. Pam Johnson says:

    All three nights were phenomenal. Waiting for the contineous

  4. Airborne Mama says:

    May have been a good show if we could see it. Why in the world was so much of it done with a dark screen. What a waste of time trying to view it.

  5. jon strat says:

    Hey these men and woman had it hard. I think the world needs to remember and experience the hardships people had during those times,

  6. Jinx Duncan says:

    A grossly inaccurate and cliched misrepresentation. Some of the many glaring errors may be excusable on the basis of poetic licence. But, to portray gold rush Dawson City (well under the charge of the NorthWest Mounted Police by 1898 and largely community-spirited and law-abiding) as if it were the lawless and murderous Skagway, Alaska of Soapy Smith (who was never allowed into Dawson) is an insult to Canada and Canadian culture. What’s worse, the First Nation of the Dawson area is the Tr’ondek Hwech’in (Han Gwitchin), not the Tlingit (who are in the southern Yukon). This is inexcusable, to once again exclude/misrepresent a First Nation in this day and age. Shame on you!

  7. Tre says:

    Did anyone else have a problem with the sound? It was difficult to hear the actors, seemed muffled.

  8. It is beyond impossible to believe any part of the Klondike; especially if you are a northern Canadian. One of the biggest insults to viewers is the use of 2014 college-age language phrases. I’m sure in 1895 they didn’t use the phrase ‘s*itstorm’ as one of many embarrassing examples. Klondike was advertised as ‘based on facts’. That’s the paramount insult. It is the most frustrating mini-series I’ve ever started to watch and then became so disgusted with lack of effort especially on the part of Ridley Scott. The series contradicts itself at every turn. They couldn’t even get the costumes/hairstyles/equipment for the era correct. You can’t have the first adventurers to the north of Yukon and a fully developed town with a luxurious European designed Hotel at the same time. This show should have been listed as a comedy.

    • gail daschel says:

      I had to keep reminding myself that this story was taking place in the late 1800’s and not 2014. The dialogue in the series is so ridiculous! When one of the actors said “seriously pissed” I couldn’t take it anymore. The costumes were not authentic to time and location either. So disappointed! What could have been a great and interesting show with good actors is a joke.

  9. Dana Coman says:

    I new Belinda Mulrooney Carbonneau. She lived next door to me, when I was a child, in West Seattle. She was in her 80’s, at that time, and died when she was 95years old. She was a very colorful lady and lived an extraordinary life. A great book about her is titled Staking Her Claim. Excited to watch the Klondike series.

  10. rae copeland says:

    glad you like the show ! …. just not my cup of tea I guess .

  11. Jan Zileski says:

    I think it’s an awesome show! Exciting, riveting, action packed, and keeps you on the edge of your seat! Excellent actors and Sam Shepherd is one of my favorites! My husband and my self love it!!!

  12. rae copeland says:

    so disappointed with Klondike ….. I can’t even watch . The script has a modern day soap opera mentality. How can you have the that setting , excellent props , decent actors and come up with this ? Shameful .

  13. Manny Mendez says:

    The show is a disappointment! I know it is a fiction work, but how can anyone really believe that you go on the mountain with all the equipment deep in snow, yet the leading character does not even has a hat on! An then the women dress in clean color clothes showing all kinds of cleavage unprotected from the cold?

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