July 11, 2011

1.2 Million Viewers Tune in for Premiere of The Indestructibles on NGC, Next Two Episodes to Be Broadcast on FOX

FOX to AIR Special Preview Saturday, July 16, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Back-to-Back Episodes Continue to Air on National Geographic Channel Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Geographic Channel's (NGC) series premiere of The Indestructibles on Sunday, July 10, attracted 1.2 million viewers 2+ between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. ET/PT based on fast national numbers released this afternoon. The Indestructibles investigates real-life disastrous incidents to explain how someone could survive the seemingly unsurvivable.

The series premiere episode, The Indestructibles: Helicopter Crash at 10 p.m. averaged a 0.99 HH Rating (707,000 HHs), .68 P25-54 Rating and 1.0 million people 2+. This was followed by The Indestructibles: Crushed by an SUV at 10:30 p.m., which averaged a 1.02 HH Rating (731,000 HHs), .69 P25-54 Rating and 1.1 million people 2+, building on the first half-hour in all key demos.

Following the successful premiere on NGC, Fox Broadcasting Company announced it will air a special sneak preview on Saturday, July 16, of The Indestructibles: Flying Car Crash and The Indestructibles: Mauled by Lions starting at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

In The Indestructibles: Flying Car Crash, an Ohio highway turns disastrous when Brennan Eden's car goes airborne. The car barrels down the grassy median and collides with the guardrail. It slams into the center post of the overpass and then explodes into thousands of small pieces. A nearby witness finds Brennan's bloodied and mangled body. Miraculously, he recovers, but he has no memory of the accident and no idea of how he survived. But he is on a journey to find out how with the help of a stunt team and a crash investigator. Through a series of experiments that re-enact the crash, we'll uncover what caused the car to go airborne. Experts reveal how Brennan survived the accident, which would have killed most drivers.

Then, in The Indestructibles: Mauled by a Lion, see what happens when lions go on attack during feeding time. Robert Bennett, a zookeeper who usually tends to the camels and giraffes, decides to help out with the lions because of a staff shortage that day. He enters the cage and places the meat at the lions' feeding spot. But in a split second, this routine feeding ritual goes horribly wrong. Two young male lions appear right behind him and leap onto him, dragging Robert down with their paws and hooking their teeth into his neck. Despite bloody injuries, he survives with no major damage. An experienced trainer re-enacts the scenario using dummies to better understand what actually triggered the attack.

An encore episode of The Indestructibles: Flying Car Crash will air on NGC Sunday, July 17, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

National Geographic Channel will air The Indestructibles: 15,000 Foot Freefall, an all-new episode, on Sunday, July 17, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

For more information, go to natgeotv.com/indestructibles.

SOURCE: Nielsen: Cable Fast National Data Live + SD, Time Period Ratings SU 10-11 PM ET/PT

Fox Broadcasting Company
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National Geographic Channel
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channel (NGC) is a joint venture between National Geographic Ventures (NGV) and Fox Cable Networks (FCN). Since launching in January 2001, NGC initially earned some of the fastest distribution growth in the history of cable and more recently the fastest ratings growth in television. The network celebrated its fifth anniversary in January 2006 with the launch of NGC HD, which provides the spectacular imagery that National Geographic is known for in stunning high definition. NGC has carriage with all of the nation's major cable and satellite television providers, making it currently available in over 70 million homes. For more information, please visit www.natgeotv.com.

SOURCE National Geographic Channel