Destination Truth - Led by intrepid world-adventurer Josh Gates, each episode of Destination
Truth takes viewers on a trek across the globe as Josh investigates
stories of the unexplained. Accompanied by his small crew, Josh dives
into the local cultures and searches for clues to the existence of
strange creatures and paranormal phenomena.
Destination Truth is a weekly American paranormal reality television series that premiered on June 6th, 2007 on Syfy.
Produced by Mandt Bros. Productions and Ping Pong Productions, the program follows paranormal researcher Josh Gates around the world to investigate claims of the supernatural, mainly in the field of cryptozoology.
In the United Kingdom, the show is known as The Monster Hunter and airs on Virgin1/ Living TV. Season three concluded on April 21st, 2010 and currently holds the highest ratings ever for the series, which will continue with a fourth season, beginning on Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 9PM ET/PT.
Each episode runs for about 45 minutes without commercials and features usually two investigations into the reports of paranormal creatures that are said to exist only in myth and superstition. Gates leads a group of fellow investigators and camera crew in his treks to various locations around the world where he begins his investigation by interviewing witnesses, reviewing any evidence, and researching local history.
Later, Gates and his team go into the field, usually after nightfall, in an attempt to capture firsthand evidence of the existence of these legendary creatures. Any evidence gathered is then sent to experts, generally in the United States, for further analysis.The cases often rely heavily on the investigation of strange sounds and thermal camera heat-signatures.
Typically, Gates' team members split up into two or more groups to survey an area, keeping in contact with walkie-talkies and relaying findings to a base camp.
The editing of the show relies on a "suspense building mechanism", which typically involves team members becoming agitated or startled, asserting they have seen or heard something of interest, which then the show suddenly cuts to a commercial break. Conclusion of what happened is then revealed after the break.
The season three premiere of Destination Truth hit a series high with 2.1 million viewers, the largest amount of viewers ever for an episode of the series and the first episode to be watched by over two million viewers.
The second episode of the season broke more ratings records, despite formidable competition, and achieved 2.021 million viewers, the second episode of the series to have more than 2 million viewers, and the second episode in a row to do so.
The fourth episode broke the record set by the season premiere, with 2.3 million viewers. When season 3 continued on March 17th, 2010, the show received its best premiere rating, with 2.2 million viewers.