North America (TV series)

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North America
Genre
Format Miniseries
Developed by Silverback Films
Narrated by Tom Selleck
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Huw Cordey
  • Kristin Wilcox
Broadcast
Original channel Discovery Channel
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original run May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19) – June 16, 2013 (2013-06-16)
External links
Official website

North America is a miniseries that aired on the Discovery Channel. It premiered on May 19, 2013.[1] It ran for seven episodes, and ended on June 16, 2013.[1]

The series includes the topics of nature and its beauty on the continent of North America.

The series is the first natural history landmark series on the Discovery Channel that is internally produced.[2]

Cast[edit]

The series is narrated by Tom Selleck.[3]

Production[edit]

The footage in North America was taken from environments throughout the continent, mainly from Canada, the United States, and Central America. Filming took three years.[2]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Locations Air date Viewers
(in millions)
1 "Born to Be Wild"[4] May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19) 3.44[5]
2 "No Place to Hide"[4] May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19) 3.44[5]
3 "Learn Young or Die"[4] May 26, 2013 (2013-05-26) 1.98[6]
4 "The Savage Edge"[4] June 2, 2013 (2013-06-02) 2.35[7]
5 "Outlaws and Skeletons"[4] June 9, 2013 (2013-06-09) 2.20[8]
6 "North America: Revealed"[4] Behind the Scenes June 16, 2013 (2013-06-16) 1.84[9]
7 "North America: Top 10"[4] Clip show June 16, 2013 (2013-06-16) 1.64[9]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

North America received a 71 out of 100 from Metacritic, indicating generally positive reviews.[10]

Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times stated that the special effects were "corny" at times; however, he commended the filming, stating that the documentary was "gorgeous from first to last."[11]

After viewing the first episode, Television Blend's Kelly West stated "North America dazzle[s] us with beautiful landscape views of different locations across the continent" and that it is "an educational experience as we witness North American wildlife in all its natural glory."[2]

Ratings[edit]

North America premiered to a 1.0 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic and 3.443 million overall viewers.[5] It ended at about half of its premiere totals in both, with a 0.5 rating and 1.64 million viewers.[9]

Episode Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Weekly Ranking
(viewers)
Source
1 & 21 May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19) 1.0 3.44 16 [5][12]
3 May 26, 2013 (2013-05-26) 0.6 1.98 < 25 [6]
4 June 2, 2013 (2013-06-02) 0.7 2.35 < 25 [7]
5 June 9, 2013 (2013-06-09) 0.6 2.20 < 25 [8]
6 June 16, 2013 (2013-06-16) 0.6 1.84 < 25 [9]
7 June 16, 2013 (2013-06-16) 0.5 1.64 < 25 [9]

1 – Separate ratings for episodes 1 and 2, which aired adjacent to each other, were not released.

International distribution[edit]

In the United Kingdom, North America airs on the Discovery Channel.[13] In the British version, the voice-over was re-dubbed and spoken by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

In Canada, the series airs on the Discovery Channel.[14] In The Netherlands, the series airs on the Discovery Channel and is narrated by Rutger Hauer.

In Brazil, the series airs on the Discovery Channel and is narrated by Brazilian singer Seu Jorge.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (February 19, 2013). "7 Part Series 'North America' to Premiere Sunday, May 19 on Discovery". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c West, Kelly (May 19, 2013). "North America Premieres On Discovery Channel Tonight". Cinema Blend. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 22, 2013). "Tom Selleck to Narrate 'North America'". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "North America Episode Guides". Discovery Channel. Discovery Networks. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d Bibel, Sara (May 21, 2013). "Sunday Cable Ratings:'Game of Thrones' Wins Night, 'North America', 'Mad Men', 'Veep', 'The Client List' & More". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (May 29, 2013). "Sunday Cable Ratings:NBA Playoffs Win Night, 'Mermaids: The New Evidence', 'Behind the Candelabra', 'Mad Men', 'Long Island Medium', 'North America' & More". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Kondology, Amanda (June 4, 2013). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Game of Thrones' Wins Night + 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', 'Real Housewives of New Jersey', 'Breaking Amish', 'Mad Men' & More". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (June 11, 2013). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Game of Thrones' Wins Night, 'Falling Skies', 'Mad Men', 'Army Wives', 'Veep', 'The Client List' & More". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Kondology, Amanda (June 18, 2013). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'True Blood' Wins Night + Sprint Cup Racing, 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', 'Falling Skies', 'Real Housewives of NJ' & More". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ "North America: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ Lloyd, Robert. "Review: 'North America,' Discovery Channel's 7-part nature series". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 21, 2013). "Cable Top 25: NBA Playoffs & 'Game of Thrones' Again Top Cable Viewership for the Week Ending May 19, 2013". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ "North America Overview". Discovery Channel UK. Discovery Networks. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  14. ^ "North America". Discovery Channel Canada. Bell Media. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  15. ^ "América do Norte". Discovery Brasil. Discovery Channel - Brasil. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 

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