Honouring the lives of STORMCHASERS Tim Samaras, Carl Young, and Paul Samaras – who were killed during the May 31 tornado outbreak in Oklahoma, near El Reno – Discovery presents MILE WIDE TORNADO: STORMCHASERS TRIBUTE on Wednesday, July 10 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. The three men were featured in a Discovery special, MILE WIDE TORNADO: OKLAHOMA DISASTER, that captured the devastation of the storms that ripped through the state on May 20. Tragically, they lost their lives during another tornado only days later. MILE WIDE TORNADO: STORMCHASERS TRIBUTE revisits the original special, and pays tribute to these men with the most memorable highlights from STORMCHASERS episodes. 

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Last night, Canadian viewers were hanging by a wire, spellbound, as tightrope legend Nik Wallenda conquered his latest high wire challenge: traversing the Grand Canyon – without a harness or tether! Discovery captured every nerve-wracking step of the 380-metre crossing, LIVE and uninterrupted, and Canadians were at the edge of their seat. Nearly 2.4 million viewers tuned in to SKYWIRE LIVE WITH NIK WALLENDA, at some point during the special live event, peaking at more than 1.5 million at 10 p.m. ET during the final moments when Wallenda ran the last few steps on the wire, jumped down, and kissed the ground. With an audience of 729,000 viewers, this landmark broadcast is the highest-rated special in Discovery Canada’s history. Between 8 p.m.-10:20 p.m. ET, Discovery was the #1 network in Canada, for the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos; and during the second hour – which included the heart-stopping wire walk itself – Discovery was the #1 network for total viewers.* 

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Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda, “The King of the High Wire,” has made history by becoming the first person ever to cross over the Grand Canyon.  This was the highest tightrope walk ever attempted by Wallenda — towering 460 metres above the Little Colorado River, a height greater than the Empire State Building.  Discovery’s SKYWIRE LIVE WITH NIK WALLENDA aired live across Canada, the U.S., and in 223 countries on Sunday, June 23.

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