‘Klondike’ Closes Lower on Wednesday for Discovery

But it serves as a good starting point for a network looking to increase its scripted output

Mitch O’Farrell

Three-part miniseries “Klondike,” the first scripted project for Discovery network, closed with a ratings downturn on Wednesday.

Nielsen estimates that an average audience of 2.85 million watched Wednesday’s two-hour conclusion, down from 3.13 million for Tuesday and 3.4 million for Monday’s opening installment. It saw a similar decline in adults 25-54 (1.4 on Monday, 1.3 on Tuesday and 1.1 on Wednesday) and 18-49 (1.1, 1.0, 0.9).

“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, 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.”

Other scripted projects in the works include a miniseries about 13th century Scotland as well as “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.