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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After sending Karl Pilkington to see the Seven Wonders in Season 1, and then dispatching him on a journey of a lifetime to do the ultimate “things to do before you die” in Season 2, Ricky Gervais has Pilkington packing his suitcase one more time for AN IDIOT ABROAD: THE SHORT WAY AROUND.  Airing back-to-back-to-back, the three-part series returns to Discovery on Sunday, July 14 beginning at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.  Following in Marco Polo’s footsteps, Gervais wants Pilkington to go on the ultimate trip: an 8,000-kilometre journey from Venice to China. But this time he won’t be alone. To help Pilkington out, Gervais has arranged for his mate, 3’ 6” actor Warwick Davis (Harry Potter), to keep him company, in the unlikeliest of “buddy movie” matchups. An encore presentation of the three-part series will air Wednesday, July 17, starting at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, on Discovery.

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What – and who – destroys the seemingly indestructible? Stoves and tractors; mountains of cell phones, hard drives, photo copiers, and other electronic scrap; cars and boats – and even an amusment park – the old is crushed and shredded to make way for the new.  Premiering Monday, July 8 with back-to-back episodes at 7 and 7:30 p.m. ET/4 and 4:30 p.m. PT on Discovery, SHRED! goes inside a world where maverick engineers and master tradesmen build monster machines designed to destroy the indestructible. An original Canadian series by Toronto-based yap films, this 13-part half-hour series reveals the monster machines and men of Shredding Systems Inc., a company that custom builds and fixes shredders to keep multi-million-dollar companies humming around the world.

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