ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In the days leading up to one of his craziest stunts ever, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda has done the following: drop his kid off at school. Paint windowsills. Mow the lawn. “It’s not like I’m preparing for the end of my life,” laughs the 36-year-old Sarasota, Florida, resident. “I’m a father, […]
Marc Weinstock, director of technical operations at NBC News’ Peacock Productions, says lessons learned from the production of Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon, particularly about the ability of fiber optic cable to stand up to the wind and elements, helped to shape production decisions about Discovery’s most recent live broadcast in Chicago.
The stunt hits a 2014 high for Discovery but does not match last year’s Grand Canyon walk. The 6.7 million viewers was almost half the viewers that tuned in at the height of the Grand Canyon coverage. Still, with an average 5.8 million viewers for the the entire telecast, it marks the network’s most watched this year and the second highest since 2010.
CHICAGO (AP) — Daredevil Nik Wallenda wowed Chicago and the world Sunday with two hair-raising skyscraper crossings on high wires without a safety net or a harness, and performing one blindfolded. “I feel incredible,” Wallenda said at a news conference in a nearby hotel after completing the tightrope walks. He entered wearing his blindfold, drawing […]
Discovery Channel is hoping the extensive production, logistics and safety preparations going into Nik Wallenda’s live walk between two buildings in Chicago next month will generate viewership similar to the tightrope walker’s two earlier televised events, including last year’s stroll across a section of the Grand Canyon — more than 10 million.
The network said today it will devote its entire primetime schedule to a three-hour special on June 15 with the daredevil Nik Wallenda’s attempt. Part of the show will be an examination of the greatest stunts of all time.