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Discovery Nets Tally 5.2 Million Viewers with Space Jump

Baumgartner's Plunge Sets Ratings Records for Velocity, Discovery Channel 10/16/2012 11:35 AM Eastern

An average of 5.2 million viewers watched Felix Baumgartner's historic space jump on Sunday on Discovery Channel and Velocity, setting ratings marks for both networks.

Velocity's broadcast of Space Jump Live, which covered the Red Bull Stratos mission featuring Baumgartner's record-breaking jump from 125,000 feet above the Earth, turned in the one-year-old network's most-watched telecast ever, attracting 991,000 total viewers. It also set new high ratings marks for the channel, including in households (0.73) and among adults 25 to 54 (0.52).

On Discovery, an average of 4.21 million total viewers watched Baumgartner's jump from 1:35-2:22 p.m., making it the channel's highest-rated non-prime program ever.

Baumgartner's jump aired exclusively on Velocity and Discovery Channel in the U.S.

The live stream of the jump on YouTube's Red Bull Channel drew 8 million viewers at its peak.

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