Palin goes outdoors with new show on Sportsman Channel
December 9th, 2013
12:14 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin goes outdoors with new show on Sportsman Channel

Updated 12:41 p.m. ET, 12/9/2013

(CNN) - Mama Grizzly is returning to reality TV.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will host a new show that features her widely-known passion for the outdoors. The weekly series, "Amazing America with Sarah Palin," debuts on the Sportsman Channel in April, the network announced Monday.

A news release about the show said the series will showcase an "anthology of stories that explore some of the most original, interesting – and sometimes inspiring – people, places and pastimes connected to America's outdoors lifestyle" from coast-to-coast.

"I'm excited to help shine a light on all the great American sportsmen and women in the country who live the outdoors lifestyle," Palin said in the release.

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It's not her first foray into cable television. She was the host and executive producer of "Sarah Palin's Alaska," a short series that ran on TLC in late 2010 to early 2011.

She also appeared in several episodes of "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp," a series that followed the life of her eldest daughter when she moved away from home.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee has also been a Fox News contributor for years, though she briefly departed the network in the last year.

The Sportsman Channel, which launched in 2003, focuses on hunting, fishing and shooting lifestyle programming.

The channel's interest in Palin may be best summarized by one small number: 24,000. That's the total number of viewers who tuned into the Sportsman Channel on a typical night in the third quarter of this year, according to the most recent data from Nielsen, the measurement company.

Brad Adgate, the research director at Horizon Media who provided the data, said there are only a smattering of Nielsen-rated channels with a smaller prime time audience, so it's understandable why the channel wants a household name like Palin.

"Trying to use her name to attract viewers is not uncommon," Adgate said. "Palin has had shows on Fox News and TLC, so she is no stranger to cable and can certainly attract viewers to the network." She could also be "instrumental in growing the distribution" of the channel, he said. Right now the channel is only available in about 32 million of the 100 million homes that subscribe to cable or satellite service in the United States.


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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    This should be in the entertainment section. What does this twit's show have to do with politics? Heck, what does she have to do with politics? She's nothing but a sideshow.

    December 9, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The Sportsman Channel, which launched in 2003, focuses on hunting, fishing and shooting lifestyle."

    Indeed it does. Ah, the dilemma we now face in my household. Shall I ask my husband to cancel his subscription to this little cable T.V. extra he occasionally enjoys ... or not?

    December 9, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Pam from Iowa

    She is a good reason to not watch..............

    December 9, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. just asking

    i just love how sarah palin drives the lefties right over the edge! i think she also loves doing it too. i love watching it!

    December 9, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Martha in CF

    Another show of hers that I won't be watching.....

    December 9, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Lord, bless you, we do not want to see her any more!!!

    December 9, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Denise

    I can;t wait to watch it! I hope it's as bad as her last show was. That was entertainment.

    December 9, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Anyone remember the interview that VP Candidate Palin did in front of the turkey reaper?

    December 9, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Rogue351

    Nice, just what America need. More hate from religious right wing gun fanatics.

    December 9, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Paul

    I look forward to seeing her arrested on "Wild Justice"

    December 9, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. bassman

    She endorses candidates, is a public speaker, an author, speaks for special needs children, Just to name a few of her talents. If she was a man, she would be know as a Renaissance Man.

    December 9, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Eventually, some one will find something she can actually do. Let's hope this is it.

    December 9, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. ken2112

    Why ANYONE would give her the right time of day, much less airtime is beyond me.

    December 9, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. kris

    CNN, what is your obsession with Palin? How is it a top political news story that she met Duck Dynasty stars? You are worse the The Enquirer!!!

    December 9, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. MontanaTrace

    I will watch. Most likely, she will be a good host for a subject many will enjoy.

    Who would not find this interesting?: "anthology of stories that explore some of the most original, interesting – and sometimes inspiring – people, places and pastimes connected to America's outdoors lifestyle"

    December 9, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Gary Bonner

    She'll do just fine as long as she's not actually required to KNOW anything. It will be interesting to see whether people can follow her rambling run-on sentences. We'll see.

    December 9, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Bhawk1

    I don't think this person has any attention level that can be achieved. And just who is it that feeds her need to be seen and heard. Sick people.

    December 9, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Dave

    A one-season-destined-for-cancellation waste of time.

    December 9, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Rozzie

    Palin on another TV show! I thought it was only for Americans! How sad they have to turn to such trash!! Tsk!
    An embarrassment for all women!

    December 9, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. stevetall

    So apparently only the truly pathetic Americans get TV shows. Move over Kardashians. Here comes another serious moron.

    December 9, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. MIchael

    This proves they WILL give anyone a tv show.

    December 9, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. GIANCARLO

    Give me a break!!!!!!!!!!!!! But then again, It might be the perfect match. An old hag losing her shine matched with a channel that has no shine. Yes a match made in hell.

    December 9, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. webman6

    I will make it a point to remember not to ever watch the show. Palin is an idiot. The Sportsman Channel is not doing itself any favors by dealing with this moron.

    December 9, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. tony

    Let's hope that shooting bears from helicopters isn't included.

    December 9, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. GIANCARLO

    Give me a break!!!!!!!!!!!!! But then again, It might be the perfect match. An old hag losing her shine, matched with a Chanel that has no shine. Yes a match made in hell.

    December 9, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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