"PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN" DELIVERS DESTINATION AMERICA'S HIGHEST-RATED SERIES PREMIERE EVER
-- Paranormal Investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman Team Up to Deliver 816,000 Fans a Spooky Fun Ride --
(Silver Spring, Md.) - For PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN, 72 hours is the magic number. The Live +3 numbers are in, and the premiere of the series on Friday, March 4 was watched by 816k unique viewers (P2+), ranking PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN as the #1 highest-rated series premiere ever in Destination America's history in several key demos, including HH (.67), P2+ (.36), P25-54 (.45) and W25-54 (.51) for Live+3 Ratings.* Socially, fans showed up in droves, pushing PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN (#ParanormalLockdown) to reach the #5 spot as the most tweeted about show during prime for cable (excluding sports) on Friday, March 4.**
In PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN, Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman push the limits of paranormal investigations by living in known haunted locations for an unprecedented 72 hours. Their belief that the longer they stay in the locations the more spirits will be willing to communicate with them is a strategy that has led them to capture groundbreaking and chilling evidence of the supernatural. In the premiere episode, they captured terrifying footage of a slithering entity that manifested into a figure, and future episodes have them being attacked, capturing distinct intelligent spirit voices, and unexplainable visual anomalies that are exposing the paranormal community to evidence that has never been discovered.
The second episode premiering on Friday, March 11 at 10/9c brings the two to the Anderson Hotel in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The spirits of some of the former flophouse residents, whose tragic suicides mirrored their bleak lives, are said to haunt the rooms. But among these spirits resides a dark entity, unleashing vicious attacks on the living. Over their 72-hour confinement their mental state deteriorates, and they risk physical and psychological harm to cast out the negative spirit... when suddenly something lashes out.
About Nick Groff (@NickGroff_)
Nick Groff has been fascinated with the paranormal ever since surviving a near-death experience as a child. Now, he chases ghosts full-time with the goal of finding new evidence of the afterlife and discovering a breakthrough in paranormal research. After graduating from the University of Nevada with a B.A. in Film, Groff made his big break when he co-wrote, co-produced, co-directed, co-edited, and co-starred in Ghost Adventures: The Original Documentary, which aired on the SciFi Channel in 2007. The film was a winner at the Los Angeles Film/Video Festival and was nominated for "Best Feature Film" at the Eerie Horror Film Festival. The documentary served as a pilot for the Ghost Adventures television series that debuted in 2008 on Travel Channel. Groff was an Executive Producer, co-host, and investigator on seasons 1-10. Groff is also the author of the book Chasing Spirits: The Building of the Ghost Adventures Crew.
About Katrina Weidman (@KatrinaWeidman)
Katrina Weidman is paranormal researcher and investigator, host, producer, and lecturer. She's best known for her role on A&E's hit series Paranormal State, in which she worked on hundreds of cases of unexplained supernatural phenomena and interviewed thousands of witnesses with the world-renowned Paranormal Research Society (PRS) from 2006-2011. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Weidman has been working professionally as a paranormal researcher and investigator since 2006, but her passion for the supernatural began when she was a child living in historic Bucks County, Penn., where many locations are said to be haunted. Weidman also hosted Chiller's Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies, following Weidman and her team as they travel the country looking for the real-life stories that inspired some of the world's most iconic horror films.
PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN is produced for Destination America by Groff Entertainment with Nick Groff and Justin Narragon as executive producers. For Destination America, Fay Yu is executive producer, Jane Latman is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, and American Heroes Channel.
About Destination America
Destination America is the only network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States. The inclusive network targeting Adults 25-54 is available in 56 million homes, emblazoning television screens with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation. Destination America features travel, food, adventure, home, and natural history, with original series like BBQ Pitmasters; A Haunting; Mountain Monsters; Buying Alaska; Buying the Bayou; and Railroad Alaska. For more information, please visit DestinationAmerica.com, facebook.com/DestinationAmerica, or twitter.com/DestAmerica. Destination America is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 pay-tv programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.
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*Source: Nielsen. NPower. MultiTrak. 3/4/16. Paranormal Lockdown. 3 telecasts. Reach/Cume. 6min Qual. P2+/P25-54. Live+3D.
**Source: Nielsen Social Guide