Digging for the Truth (2005– )
Bernstein will serve as field explorer and executive producer on series and specials covering such topics as anthropology, archaeology and environmental issues. Bernstein, who has hosted History Channel's adventure/archaeology series Digging for the Truth for the past three years, joins Discovery Channel in April.
Bernstein is "the real deal, and his passions in the environment, indigenous cultures and sustainable living will help further the mission of the network," said Jane Root, president and GM of Discovery Channel and Science Channel. "We look forward to expanding his persona and expertise into all (Discovery Communications) multimedia platforms."
Bernstein has nearly 20 years of wilderness survival experience and environmental advocacy. Since 1997, he has been president and CEO of the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, which touts itself as the oldest and largest survival school in the world.
"As my friends know, my passion for exploration and teaching extends far beyond history and archaeology," Bernstein said.
The telecast, centered on the film's 35th anniversary, averaged a 3.1 household rating from 8-10:30 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research. The movie now stands as the No. 4-highest-rated program ever on the network, behind the two-part premiere of the AMC original movie Broken Trail and a repeat of Part 1.
The movie's performance, combined with Friday's airing of Open Range -- which garnered a 2.2 household rating, making it one of AMC's top 10 telecasts ever -- helped place AMC among the top five cable networks in household ratings for the week. In primetime, it came in at No. 4 for the week with a 1.3 household rating.
Meanwhile, History Channel saw strong numbers for the Season 3 debut of Digging for the Truth on Monday. A special two-hour episode, Atlantis: New Revelations, averaged 2.1 million total viewers from 9-11 p.m.
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