Looking to continue its ratings momentum, National Geographic Channel will add a host of new series and specials.
NGC -- set to hold its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York Thursday night -- talked up Crash Test Human, in which the hosts experience the inner workings of science, technology and safety by finding out how to survive an avalanche or to escape your car if it lands in a canal. The series is slated to bow in December
Drafting on the success it enjoyed with record-ratings-producing special Inside 9/11 last September and recent behind-the-scenes looks at the 2002 D.C. sniper case and the 1993 Waco, Texas, tragedy, NGC will bow The Final Report as a series in December.
The show -- 13 episodes have been ordered -- will take a definitive look at significant events.
Additionally, the network will present new episodes of returning series including Megastructures and its signature Explorer skein.
Among the specials on tap: In the Womb Multiples (fourth quarter) examines the physiological and psychological bonds of twins, triplets, quads and even quintuplets; Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World (first-quarter 2007); The Living Body; and Eye of the Leopard, in which the hosts follow a cub for two years from birth.
On the advertising front, NGC officials said the network has already added 75 new sponsors thus far in the 2005-06 TV season, and it could push that total to 100 before the season concludes in May.
Currently in 57 million homes, president Laureen Ong expects rollouts with extant distributors to push the service past the 60 million mark by year-end.