Deadliest Catch brought aboard an audience of 5.54 million on Tuesday night, the biggest number ever for the Discovery Channel show.
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According to Entertainment Weekly, the episode was the No. 1 ad-supported cable show in almost every demographic that night. The show's has been showing strong ratings for the past two months, with an average of 3.7 million viewers.
"Blown Off Course" was the first of a series of episodes paying tribute to the beloved sea captain. Last Tuesday's episode showed Harris first falling ill. The next seven episodes will show his crew and family dealing with Harris's deteriorating condition and eventual death.