or


[10/23/13 - 09:19 AM]
Survey Timed to "American Blackout" Premiere Reveals Nearly 90% of Americans Anticipate a World Catastrophe
The two-hour movie event premieres this Sunday, October 27 at 9:00/8:00c on National Geographic Channel.

[via press release from National Geographic Channel]

NEW NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL SURVEY REVEALS NEARLY 90 PERCENT OF AMERICANS ANTICIPATE A WORLD CATASTROPHE; ONE-THIRD OF THOSE BELIEVE IT'S LESS THAN A YEAR AWAY

AND THERE'S MORE: If the Catastrophe Were a National Blackout, More Would Pray Than Have Sex; Republicans Seen as More Likely to Survive

Survey Timed to 2-Hour Movie Event AMERICAN BLACKOUT, Premiering Sunday, October 27, at 9 PM ET/PT

(Washington, D.C. - October 23, 2013) While the federal government shutdown may be over for now, it turns out that in the event of a major catastrophe, most Americans won't be looking to the government for help anyway. According to a new survey released today by National Geographic Channel and Kelton Research, Americans feel that friends and family are more likely to be of help in the face of a cataclysm than the government or official agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The survey comes as NGC premieres its two-hour movie event, American Blackout (Sunday, October 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT), which imagines the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyberattack - told in real time, over 10 days, by those who kept filming on cameras and phones. The thriller is being released during national cybersecurity awareness month and ahead of a large-scale emergency practice drill, called the GridEx II, which simulates a knockout blow to the power grid.

Overall, the survey results show that nearly 9 in 10 (88%) Americans think it's likely that the world will experience a major catastrophe, with close to one-third (32%) of these folks believing it will occur less than a year from now. And even though they might have a bad rap on Capitol Hill, more Americans (53%) feel that the Republican Party would have more survivors over Democrats if the country experienced a major catastrophe.

"The survey results should inspire discussion on what a large-scale catastrophic shutdown of our country might really look like and how we could prepare for or even prevent it," said Brad Dancer, SVP Program Planning and Research for NGC. "Hacking into urban infrastructures isn't science fiction anymore; cyberthreats and the weaknesses of the grid are in the news every day and people are sensing the danger. My advice: pray in a blackout, but perhaps pray while prepared with food, water, flashlights and batteries."

When it comes to gauging Americans' mind-set related to broader, large-scale catastrophes that could cripple the country - specifically such emergencies as blackouts and cyberattacks - the results are about as encouraging as waiting for the next Congressional standoff!

Key findings include:

On Cyberattacks:

· More than three in four (77%) Americans believe the U.S. is likely to be hit by a catastrophic cyberattack during their lifetime.

· More than one-third (34%) thinks a catastrophic cyberattack could impact the nation by 2038.

· Most American would point their fingers first at China as the culprit (36%), followed by North Korea (27%).

· More than half of the nation (55%) thinks the U.S. is ill-equipped to defend against a potentially disastrous cyberattack.

On Blackouts:

If the lights do go out, praying will be more top of mind than sex:

· Almost one-third (32%) of Americans think the U.S. is likely to experience a significant blackout within the next 25 years.

· When it happens, most (46%) would first search for a flashlight, but a quarter (25%) would immediately pray. Only 5 percent would have sex!

· Sixty-eight percent would prefer to be home during a catastrophic blackout, rather than somewhere possibly safer like a bomb shelter (5%) or police station (1%).

· More Americans would most want to have a radio (25%) or a flashlight (25%) over a charged cell phone (20%), gun (20%) or can opener (10%) during a blackout.

· Electric heat or air conditioner (25%) and Internet (24%) top the list of appliances or technology Americans would miss most during a catastrophic blackout. Far fewer say this about a phone (13%) or TV (13%).

On General Catastrophes:

· Far more Americans (57%) would most rely on their family, friends or neighbors for help over FEMA or a government agency (14%) in a catastrophe.

· Slightly more respondents (53%) said that the Republican Party would have more survivors over Democrats (47%) if the country experienced a major catastrophe.

On Preparedness:

· Those in the Northeast (28%) cite Hurricane Sandy as the top event since 9/11 spurring thoughts about emergency preparedness, when compared to the rest of the country (15%).

· Ten percent of Americans would choose a bottle or can opener to have on hand in a blackout over a flashlight, radio, fully charged cell phone or gun.

More survey details below:

When Will It Happen?

· More men than women (36% vs. 31%) and more of those 35+ than 18-34 (38% vs. 24%) think that a cyberattack is likely in the next quarter-century.

Who's To Blame?

· More men than women (44% vs. 29%) rank China as America's most likely cyberpredator.

· Republicans are more likely than Democrats (43% vs. 30%) to blame China, while Democrats are more likely than Republicans (30% vs. 24%) to blame North Korea.

Governing a Cyberattack

· Those in the Midwest (61%) and Northeast (59%) are more likely than those in the West (54%) and South (50%) to agree that the U.S. is unprepared to handle a cyberattack.

· Just 14 percent of Americans think FEMA or a government agency would be the most help if such event occurred. Far more (57%) would rely on their family, friends or neighbors for help.

· Fewer Republicans than Democrats (9% vs. 20%) believe the government or FEMA would provide the best assistance.

· Almost 7 in 10 (68%) don't expect cybersecurity to be a major issue in the 2016 presidential election.

First Thing You'd Do

· More women than men (30% vs. 20%) would immediately pray in a catastrophic blackout.

· Men are more likely than women to say they would first eat perishable food (11% vs. 6%) or have sex (8% vs. 2%) if such an event occurred.

· One in 10 (10%) 18-34-year-olds say having sex would be first on their list of things to do in a blackout vs. 3 percent of those 35 and over.

Where At and With What?

· Sixty-eight percent would prefer to be home during a catastrophic blackout, rather than somewhere possibly safer like a bomb shelter (5%) or police station (1%), or somewhere that would probably have more food, like a grocery store (4%) or favorite restaurant (1%).

· More women than men (24% vs. 16%) and more 18-44-year-olds than those over age 45 (24% vs. 17%) would most like to have a fully charged cell phone than a radio, flashlight, gun or can opener in the midst of a blackout.

· One in four men (25%) would opt for a gun in this situation vs. 15 percent of women.

· Electric heat or air conditioner (25%) and Internet (24%) top the list of appliances or technology Americans would miss most during a catastrophic blackout. Far fewer say this about a phone (13%) or TV (13%).

· Women are more likely than men (28% vs. 22%) to say they would miss electric heat or A/C, while men more than women (30% vs. 20%) say this about Internet access.

· Internet access would be on the top of the most-missed list for more 18-54-year-olds than those 55+ (28% vs. 17%).

The survey of more than 1,100 American men and women ages 18 and over was conducted online from September 27 to October 2, 2013 with a 2.9 percent margin of error.

About American Blackout

National Geographic Channel's two-hour, edge-of-your-seat movie event, American Blackout, imagines the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyberattack - told in real time, over 10 days, by those who kept filming on cameras and phones. No cell phone service, no ATM withdrawals, no working street lights, no available gasoline ... no escape. The film premieres on Sunday, October 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Click here to see the movie trailer.

For more information on AMERICAN BLACKOUT, visit survivetheblackout.com #americanblackout

# # #

National Geographic Channels

Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society's commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation's major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in over 85 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.





  [october 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)











[09/19/14 - 02:43 PM]
"Thursday Night Football" on CBS and NFL Network Wins in Primetime with Viewers and Ratings
CBS spins the numbers for Thursday, September 18.

[09/19/14 - 02:22 PM]
Statement from E! Regarding "Fashion Police"
"We decided, with Melissa Rivers' blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue," the network said. "Fashion Police will return in 2015 commencing with Golden Globes coverage on Monday, January 12."

[09/19/14 - 11:03 AM]
Get Ready for an "Awkward" Binge Sesh When MTV Airs the Hit Series in Its Entirety Beginning on Monday, September 22 at 8:30 AM ET/PT
Said marathon concludes with the premiere of the second-half of season 4 on Tuesday, September 23 at 10:00/9:00c.

[09/19/14 - 11:00 AM]
"Justified" Arrests Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt
The series returns for its sixth and final season in January 2015.

[09/19/14 - 10:06 AM]
"CMT Instant Jam: Kenny Chesney" Premieres Saturday, September 27 at 10 P.M., ET/PT
Viewers can get a sneak peek of Chesney's "American Kids" performance exclusively on the CMT Artists App beginning tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. ET.

[09/19/14 - 09:15 AM]
Cartoon Network's Hit Series "Regular Show" Is Back for a Not-So-Regular Sixth Season Premiering Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
The Emmy-winning series was created by JG Quintel and produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

[09/19/14 - 08:40 AM]
"The Biggest Loser" Ranks as the #1 Non-Sports Telecast on the Big 4 Last Night in Every Key Measure
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, September 18.

[09/19/14 - 08:31 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Dominates with "Thursday Night Football"
The Eye easily wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[09/19/14 - 08:01 AM]
"The Graham Norton Show" Returns to BBC America Saturday, October 4, 11:00 PM ET
In the premiere episode, Denzel Washington, Peter Capaldi and Gemma Arterton will join each other on Graham's infamous orange sofa.

[09/19/14 - 07:42 AM]
CNBC's "The Filthy Rich Guide" Series Premiere on Wednesday, October 8 at 10PM ET/PT
The five-episode series is "a fun, fast-paced guide that catalogues the ways in which the .01 percent spend their money."

[09/18/14 - 04:56 PM]
Fall Premiere of OWN's "For Better or Worse" Delivers 1.2 Million Viewers
OWN spins the numbers for Wednesday, September 17.

[09/18/14 - 02:50 PM]
"90 Day Fiance" - TLC's #1 New Series of 2014 - Returns October 19, 2014
In the second season, six new couples decide to take a chance on love and bring their spouses-to-be stateside.

[09/18/14 - 01:17 PM]
NBC Announces Partnership and Integration with Nissan as Exclusive Automotive Sponsor of Emmy Award-Winning Hit "The Voice"
"The Voice Official App" will further enhance the viewer experience across the show from the blind auditions, battles, knockouts all the way to the live playoffs as well as giving fans, for the first time, the ability to use the app to vote for their favorite artists live during the broadcast of the show.

[09/18/14 - 01:15 PM]
Hallmark Channel's "Cedar Cove" Ranks #1 in Primetime Among Households, Women 25-54, and Total Viewers in Live+3 Performance
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for Saturday, September 13.

[09/18/14 - 01:06 PM]
National Spotlight Shines on Jeter's Final Series on FOX; Pirates' Playoff Push on FOX Sports 1 to End MLB Regular Season
Today, FOX Sports announced unprecedented, side-by-side national coverage of Major League Baseball's final regular season Saturday with two compelling games side-by-side on the FOX broadcast network and FOX Sports 1.