Discovery Channel’s ‘Gold Rush: Alaska’ Stakes Its Claim on Friday Nights

December 20, 2010 | by gweiswasser

Discovery Channel has a hit in its new show Gold Rush: Alaska, which delivered over 2.9 million viewers with its premiere episode last Friday night. Gold Rush: Alaska was the #1 primetime cable program among key demographics that night, and marked Discovery Channel’s highest delivery among viewers aged 25-54 since Shark Week last August. Gold Rush: Alaska was also the top program in all television networks among men 25-54. It had the best rated series premiere on the network since Deadliest Catch in 2005. 

So what’s Gold Rush: Alaska about? In the face of the economic meltdown, six men risk everything to strike it rich mining for gold in the wilds of Alaska. Todd Hoffman of Sandy, Oregon, along with his father Jack, lead a group of greenhorn miners in search of the American dream and a new frontier. Explore an episode guide, meet the miners, and see how much you know about gold

Be sure to tune in Fridays at 10PM ET/PT to join the fans making Gold Rush: Alaska a hit!

The Miners from 'Gold Rush: Alaska'


  • Thebrickners

    if this is for real their education tax will sink them

  • Typezman

    ok im tired of the god crap!!! but beyond that the only real person on this show is thier mechanic he is trying to do the job he went there to do as for the rest of them please if you are looking to become rich then do the work and shut the hell up

  • Anonymous

    Gold Rush Alaska; 

    Our family looked forward to each episode, we are now very excited to see the next season.  But, We learned about what Dakota Fred did, my family is saving money to help to develop a savings acct for the guys.  We want to see them succeed.  As for Dakota, gods gonna have fun with him, and strike him down.  I see him rolling over into the glory hole and his carcass decomposing with his gold.   The term “Dakota Fred” is now being passed around our town.  It means Back Stabber…..That is Dakota Freds legacy.  He’s the most Un-American human.  “roll over fred”

  • mjblaster

    Gold Rush Alaska Season 2:

    My family thoroughly enjoyed the first season however, after watching “Dakota Fred” takeover their claim with his added terrible behaviors, traits, and attributes, we have stopped watching this program. Hollywood thinks that negative situations that include back stabbing, anti-social behavior, and violence will continue to pull in the ratings… wrong!  That is a cheap and unimaginative approach to take. There was enough drama taking place within the basic mining experience alone.  Throw in the interpersonal interaction on top of a stressful environment and an expensive, personally financed operation going south and you have all of the drama you can handle (season one). Adding Dakota Fred was a terrible call.     

  • Sblair_

    whats happening with Dakota Fred now is karma still feel bad for him But I do not feel bad for the
    Hoffmins walking around with hands in pockets, NOT doing any home work just BullDozing our
    Canadian wilderness, I wonder are they going to put every thing back the way they found it, talk
    about Mad, I am beside myself they bulldoze for days and then say whoops wrong place idiots
    Scott Blair
    Niagara Region
    Ontario
    Canada     

  • Mikloslazar

    Todd Hoffman is the wrong guy to have leading their crew. How could you head into the mining season being SO UNPREPARED? Forgetting to apply for a water permit on his first claim of season 2. Wasting half the season fixing the wash plant when you had the off-season to make sure it’ll work and run dirt. And the saddest part is that when they are in desperate need of fixing/fabricating by their mechanic/welder, no one seems to give the poor guy a helping hand. If time is such an issue then the whole crew should strap on a pair and jump in and HELP build it. Don’t sit around and whine about it while ONE guy is workkng on it.
    Tonight’s episode you guys needed a filter built for the water feed on your wash plant. After beginning to build it, the lazy mechanic skips town with his GF for a day or two. He should be ashamed of himself. It just shows that he is not a go-getter. All the while the rest of the Hoffman crew just whine odd Hoffman is the wrong guy to have leading their crew. How could you head into the mining season being SO UNPREPARED? Forgetting to apply for a water permit on his first claim of season 2. Wasting half the season fixing the wash plant when you had the off-season to make sure it’ll work and run dirt. d it, the lazy mechanic skips town with his GF for a day or two. He should be ashamed of himself. It just shows that he is not a go-getter. All the while the rest of the Hoffman crew just whines about it. NO ONE steps up to finish building it. They will never be successful gold miners with attitudes and work ethic as poor as they have been showing.

  • Rkelly7854

    are you guys having a fuckin laugh?so you dig and tear up all over Gods creation
    for a couple of grams of gold and expect the public at large to watch your tv show as if
    it was some kinda deadliest catch sister show , I dont think so fellas you boys may be makin a living but thats fuckin it . I dont see no hero’s here ,youdo a days work
    and in the process wreck the fuckin planet , Did I get it wrong ?? Do you boys come back in the spring and put it all back together again ?

  • Eef Nauta

    That’s exactly why I love to look at he series, I’ve never seen any body anywhere so badly prepared, badly informed starting out these kind of projects. Ripping their way through a fantastic piece of nature to try an find gold by digging holes in the ground randomly until a dutch guy tels them to drill small holes for samples first.

    and when they don’t succeed, blame everything on the camera crew, even the fat ass Texan investor…. my God, americans what a strange destructive species of mankind……

    love it…… hoffmans, schnabels, dakota fred and others…. keep on blundering through nature & life blaming everybody else for your stupidity….