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Nat Geo Draws ‘Wicked' Ratings For New Reality Series

National Geographic Channel's new reality series Wicked Tuna reeled in more than 1 million viewers in its Sunday night debut.

The premiere episode of the series, which follows fisherman as they look to capture big fish off the New England coast, averaged 1.1 million total viewers and 584,000 viewers among the adult 25-54 demo, according to network officials. The network drew strong viewership for the series despite pre-premiering the first episode in its entirety on Facebook, iTunes and Dish Network as well as through its own website, said network officials.

Wicked Tuna is Nat Geo's best series premiere since February when the network's Doomsday Preppers reality series drew 1.29 million viewers in its Feb. 7 debut, according to Nielsen.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.