Nik Wallenda tightrope walk over gorge draws 13m viewers

Nik Wallenda took 22 minutes to cross the two-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500 feet above the dry river bed

Nik Wallenda
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Nik Wallenda nears the completion of his 1400 foot walk across the Grand Canyon for Discovery Channel's Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda on June 23, 2013 at the Grand Canyon, California.
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Little Colorado River Gorge, Arizona: Aerialist Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk over a gorge near the Grand Canyon drew nearly 13 million viewers to the live television broadcast.

The Discovery Channel said on Monday that the quarter-mile stunt at the Little Colorado River Gorge was among the most highly viewed shows in the station’s history.

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It also prompted 1.3 million tweets on Sunday, making it one of the top trending topics.

Wallenda took 22 minutes to cross the two-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500 feet above the dry river bed. He did it without a harness or safety net.

The well-known daredevil contended with the wind and repeatedly called on God to calm the swaying cable.

He wore a microphone and two cameras, one that looked down on the river bed and one that faced straight ahead.

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  • Amer

    Jun 25, 2013 6:30

    It was just a matter of a simple error somewhere and discovery channel would have been showing a suicide!

  • M.ABDUL RASACK

    Jun 25, 2013 4:18

    He is the real Hero. What a brave person. Amazing.

  • Anis Ahmad

    Jun 25, 2013 2:48

    It's a matter of courage and then practice - they should not be allowed without protection.

  • ADnan Shabbir

    Jun 25, 2013 12:37

    No matter what, they should always use a harness or safety net even in the wildest of stunts. Discovery channel should be a responsible channel. He can still prove his worth with a harness, his death would just cause a huge talent loss.