Will Diggers be renewed for Season 5? Or is National Geographic on the verge of cancelling it?

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The world has an odd relationship with archaeology. Ask most people their opinions on the process and they’ll roll their eyes and tell you how boring it would be to be kneeling around in the dirt, trying to uncover something that will probably end up being a rusty baked-bean can. Ask them to envision an archaeologist in their minds, and they’ll probably conjurer up a stuffy old man who’s wearing a fashion-breaking combo of Panama hat, white socks and sandals, whilst pacing up and down a beach with a metal detector during the freezing winter. But, for all of these negative attitudes towards the practice, we have conversely romanticised and glorified the art of discovering history, making cultural icons out of fictional archaeologists such as Lara Croft, Nathan Drake and Indiana Jones. The truth it seems is that for all the apparently boring elements of archaeology, finding hidden treasure is something that speaks to our inner child. There would be undeniable joy in finding something that was hidden away for decades – possibly even centuries and discovered by your hand. Plus the fact that there is real money to be made, it is not a profession to be sniffed at.  So then it is of little surprise that Diggers, a show based on metal detecting around America, has already managed to reach its fourth season, totalling over 50 episodes.

The show (which first premiered on National Geographic on 1st January 2013 and aired its last current episode on 15th October 2015) features two larger-than-life metal detecting buffs as they go around the country trying to uncover hidden artefacts, usually at sites where landowners, archaeologists or historians believe their may be significant historical finds that have managed to be overlooked. So, who exactly are the two treasure-hunting aficionados? There is “King George” Wyant, who was born to thrive on the outside, being a master at hunting, fishing, skiing, and of course metal detecting. Then there is Tim Saylor, who hails from Iowa and started metal detecting when he was still in school – finding coins in his own backyard. Saylor is otherwise known as “The Ringmaster” or “Ringy” for his uncanny ability to find rings. As yet, he hasn’t lost any of his hair or referred to any of his findings as ‘my precious’ so there’s no need to be concerned for his safety…yet.

#Diggers – whilst meant to be light-hearted entertainment – hasn’t been without its share of controversy. Shortly after the show aired, professional archaeologists raised concerns to National Geographic, explaining that it had been creating a culture of amateurs who were looting and causing damage to landmarks around the country. They requested that that the network pull the show from its line-up. Their request didn’t get carried out, but it didn’t fall on deaf ears either. When season 4 premiered in 2015, it’d had a makeover. Marc Henshaw – a respected archaeologist – was featured in all episodes, where he would talk to the hosts, using his experience to discuss strategies and significance of the finds. In addition, the value of the artefacts were no longer shown (to deter people from going out themselves to earn ‘easy money’), and instead there was information that explained how the show had permission to detect on private land, that the artefacts belonged to the landowner (again to deter amateur detecting) and that the locations are historical sites. Apparently this new direction for the show appeased the outraged archaeologists. Society for American Archaeology president of UC Santa Cruz Diane Gifford-Gonzalez even went as far to say that the new close relationship between the metal detector enthusiasts and archaeologists were “excellent examples of how collaborative work can use the complementary skills of the two communities to enhance understanding of events at a locality.”  Charles Ewen, SAA president of East Carolina University echoed Gifford-Gonzalez’s points, adding that the changes hadn’t taken anything from the show, and it still retained its “charm” and “cult of personality.”

So @Diggers has had controversy, and its very subject matter will divide audiences, but the main question that needs to be asked is ‘how popular is the show, and what is the likelihood that it will return for a fifth season?’ Firstly, some concern could be drawn over the fact that the show has completely skipped this year, and there is as yet no official confirmation from National Geographic as to whether it will return next year. The numbers are fairly healthy, with over a million people tuning in for the first episode – although there is no data on subsequent seasons or feedback ratings in various age demographics, so its hard to say whether that popularity continued or declined (which would be most likely as most shows tend to have a drop-off in numbers over time). In terms of viewer feedback, it’s not great either. The show has a pretty abysmal rating of 5.0 out of 10 on IMDB, and fares only slightly better over on Amazon Instant Video, where it has 3.5 stars out of 5. However, it’s the numbers that networks mainly care about, so if #Diggers can hold onto its audience, there is at least a chance it might come back for a fifth outing next year.

There are currently no Blu-ray versions of @Diggers available to buy, but you can get all four current seasons on DVD via National Geographic’s own website for $19.99 per season. If you would prefer to watch the show online, you can do so via Amazon Instant Video either free with adverts $2.99 each episode or $43 for all eighteen episodes of each season, although you will need to have an Amazon account. You may also be able to catch reruns of the show on National Geographic itself, which is Sky: 526, Virgin: 266, BT: 317, or TalkTalk: 317.

Do you think that National Geographic will unearth Diggers for another season or do you think its better left buried with all of the other cancelled shows? Was there a dig that the guys did that you particularly enjoyed? Do you think people should be allowed to metal detect in public places and claim items they find as their own or not?

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Donald Douglas
Donald Douglas
1 year 2 months ago

The best show lot of excitement their energy is incredible you cancel this show I’ll never watch National Geographic again

Al Luchterhand
Al Luchterhand
1 year 1 month ago

As for demographics, I am 54 and watch with my 8 year old son, we enjoy the show, the history and the humor of Ringy and King George along with there side bets. Glad the archeologist was added for validity.

Anne Markham
Anne Markham
1 year 1 month ago

I know several friends who love this show, my 11 year old grandson also loves it. He loves the excitement of finding something that is over a hundred years old. His love of history has bloomed. I respect the show because all that is found is turned over to the owners or historical societies, with no money exchanged.

Kim
Kim
1 year 1 month ago

My husband and I love watching this show together , great for family time . We have been wondering if it was coming back on . Love their energy and excitement. My husband has me hooked on metal detecting now,lol. If I find jewelry I have a funky dance I do for part of our own digger.

Nicki Lassila
Nicki Lassila
1 year 1 month ago

I love this show! Can’t wait for the new season. I enjoy learning about history through the artifacts they find.

Joe , Callahan, Fl
Joe , Callahan, Fl
1 year 23 days ago

Love “Diggers”, I keep looking for the new season to be announced. Right and KG inspired me to get out and get my first detector, a White’s MXT Pro, great detector, but not cheap, I also like the Garrett AT Pro the guys use, not endorsing either one,get whatever brand that works for you, just get out and detect,ggreat exercise,great fun, and great time with the family. Me and my kids detect together and they love the history behind our finds. Please keep this show, it helps build family, helps education and stimulates the economy because we”re out there buying detectors, the boys are doing more for the country and the people than our elected officials with All the answers LOL! Great Show, looking forward to new season soon.

Leon Titus
Leon Titus
1 year 14 days ago

We need this show to continue. As far as I know it’s the only metal detecting show on TV now. Love watching it.

Sam
Sam
1 year 10 days ago

Bring back diggers as a metal detector myself I enjoy watching

Bob and Mary Jones
Bob and Mary Jones
1 year 8 days ago

my husband and i love this show as well as our 11 year old grandson. We love to see the things they dig up and ringy and KG are very entertaining. We love that they are so interested in the history of the artifacts and leave them with the rightful owners. we all will be very sad if the show is canceled

Vicki
Vicki
1 year 4 days ago

I love this show, me and my daughter (13 Yr) love watching this together. It is wonderful finding the artifacts that they did up. I have not done metal detecting in a long time. If they ever get out here in California I would love to go with them. They are great and wonderful guys.

Bill Davies
Bill Davies
1 year 3 days ago

Love Diggers! The guys get so wound up in their discoveries and their imaginations are great when they tell their “story” of the artifacts they find. Would be a shame to cancel this show – good clean FUN!

Robert Mack
Robert Mack
1 year 3 days ago

I have metal detector witch I do use and I watch National Geographic shows other than diggers if you cancel this show I will cancel your show.

H Rose
H Rose
1 year 3 days ago

I love you enthusiasm, crazy antics, excitement for each others finds and respect for the land and those own it or who gave their life on it. I hope to be able to keep watching!

glenn beckette
glenn beckette
1 year 2 days ago

I’m 47 and love this show coming from South Carolina

Ruben Prieto
Ruben Prieto
1 year 1 day ago

What kind of metal detectors do you use.

Keith
Keith
11 months 22 days ago

Love this show!!! Please have a new season!!! I watch it with my Dad. I’m 52. Thanks

Bud Beacom
Bud Beacom
11 months 22 days ago

In the last 3 weeks Natgeo has replayed season 4 and I’ve recorded and watched them over and over. Because of Tim and George, I became interested in metal detecting. Have always been interested in archeology and history, but National Geographic along with Diggers showed me exploring such things is not just for scholars but all of us and can really be fun! My greatest find was a Kaco silver train pocket watch found down a creek bank. Some good nectar in my own back yard. Wheaties, 50’s-60’s cap gun, old set keys,etc. Would love to see some shows of Tim and George’s personal finds/digs. Well, thanks Ringy and KG for the exciting, crazy fun shows! 63 and loving my new hobby!

Donald Driver
Donald Driver
11 months 20 days ago

Why is it the really good shows are taken off in favor of some boring crap no one wants to watch? just look at what this show has to offer. you have a history lesson, adventure, competition, excitement and more. Please bring this show BACK again and again.

Jim tool
Jim tool
11 months 16 days ago

Please bring back Diggers for season 5!!!!!

Steve
Steve
11 months 11 days ago

Please bring this show back.the shows today are amazingly stupid.uneducational,and most are fabricated

Bud Beacom
Bud Beacom
11 months 10 days ago

Thanks NatGeo.tv!! You guys rock! Can’t wait for more Diggers!

Don Brown
Don Brown
11 months 3 days ago

We really like watching this show. And have been looking for the new season.

Connie
Member
10 months 28 days ago

This show got me into metal detecting I found a Indian head penny from the 1800s I miss this show wish it would back on

206Digger
206Digger
10 months 28 days ago

Great show my family loves to watch and learn, metal detecting is a great way to spend time together outside

JohnT
JohnT
10 months 28 days ago

This is a fun entertaining program for all ages. It needs to be back on the air. It’s better young people metal detect and keep away from guns.

Lucas Dobbins
Lucas Dobbins
10 months 20 days ago

Diggers is the best TV show out there needs to continue being made it’s a shame it’s even a thought of not being made anymore great show!

Sue
Sue
10 months 5 days ago

Have not watched Natgeo since the Diggers didn’t return in 2016 for a season 5. Would love to see the show brought back!!!

Rick
Rick
10 months 3 days ago

This is a great show!!! I am a metal detectorist and nothing I see on this show is out of the ordinary when metal detecting. I love this show and KG and Ringy are friggin awesome and entertaining and hearing them explain the history of what they are hunting is awesome! Yes you can find treasure in a couple inches of dirt at the end of your driveway!!! I found several early silver 1900’s half dollars and a couple dozen other early 1900’s coins in my yard and my family’s yard’s during the first 2 days of purchasing my metal detector, Whites MXT btw… I hope this show is continued…

Janice Dunlevy
Janice Dunlevy
9 months 28 days ago

We want Diggers ! Please Please Please have them on in 2017 !

Janice Dunlevy
Janice Dunlevy
9 months 28 days ago

My husband and I both use the Mine Lab E-Trac machines we love them.. Before that we used Our Garret and had to share it! I hated having to wait for my turn, so when he got the E-Trac, I got one too. No more sharing ! Yeah ! Love Diggers !

Brad
Brad
9 months 28 days ago

Bring them back good times.

Vicki
Vicki
9 months 25 days ago

I love this show. Just started watching and all of a sudden its off??? The only thing that was a bit hard to watch was all the crazy movement of the metal detector on the screen. Minutes after minutes of just watching grass blades run past the screen, right then left then right and all around. This part could be cut. But the show is very interesting and fun to watch. It’s inspirational as well.

robin holcomb
robin holcomb
9 months 23 days ago

My husband and I love this show, we would love to see it come back!! I love the energy they have

Jonathan
Jonathan
5 months 6 days ago

Diggers will return this fall on the pursuit channel for season 5

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