Animal Planet’s Hit Series “Finding Bigfoot” Renewed for Third Season

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on April 12th, 2013

Animal Planet’s Hit Series “Finding Bigfoot” Renewed for Third Season

12 brand new episodes will roll out later this fall.

[via press release from Animal Planet]


— Season Two Premieres Delivered 1.2 Million P2+ Viewers —

(New York, New York) – After setting foot in 33 states and five countries, the FINDING BIGFOOT team is still feverishly on the hunt for the elusive Sasquatch. As the evidence continues to mount, investigators Cliff Barackman, James “Bobo” Fay, Ranae Holland and Matt Moneymaker are closer than ever to uncover the truth behind the hairy beast. And with FINDING BIGFOOT hunting down 1.2 M P2+ viewers this season and ranking among Animal Planet’s top three performing series of all time among P25-54 (653K), this hunt isn’t ending any time soon! Today, Animal Planet announces the third-season renewal of the hit series, rolling out with 12 brand new episodes later this fall.

FINDING BIGFOOT continues to find new believers with 41% more W25-54 watching than season one. And in 1Q13, FINDING BIGFOOT helped Animal Planet rank among the top 10 ad-supported cable nets in the 10 PM timeslot based on M25-54 delivery (excluding movies and sports).

FINDING BIGFOOT investigates compelling evidence that may prove the existence of this elusive creature, with a team uses unconventional methodologies and new technologies to lure the creature from behind the shadows to get physical video and/or audio evidence to prove that there is a community of these sasquatches among us! The intrepid cast of investigators – Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman, and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland – has traveled across the U.S. and followed up on evidence and first-hand eyewitness accounts. Now, the cast continues its international searches and re-visits some of the “squatchier” locations to uncover startling evidence of the mysterious and highly intelligent enigma that has eluded capture for centuries and fascinated man for just as long.

FINDING BIGFOOT is produced for Animal Planet by Ping Pong Productions. Keith Hoffman is the executive producer and Hillary Tholen is associate producer for Animal Planet. Brad Kuhlman and Casey Brumels are executive producers and Chad Hammel is the co-executive producer for Ping Pong Productions.

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world’s only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 96 million homes in the US; online assets, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond;, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.


About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

9 Responses to “Animal Planet’s Hit Series “Finding Bigfoot” Renewed for Third Season”

  1. Nick Rodriguez via Facebook responds:

    This show is a joke, and EVERYTHING is bigfoot to those guys, except Renee. Ratings purge from ‘”oh, its a ‘sqautch!” every 10 damn minutes throughout every search. I’ll stick to educational books/documentaries and tv specials other than the aforementioned….

  2. Matthew Pfeifer via Facebook responds:

    Yeah! And perhaps they will actually find something!

  3. Matt Bille via Facebook responds:

    It’s in an odd predicament for a TV series: if it succeeds, it’s over.

  4. Enigmania responds:

    Shouldn’t that be season 4 later in 2013?

  5. dconstrukt responds:

    At this point i’m not sure if this is a good thing… or a bad thing… considering how little of bigfoot they’ve actually “found”.

    from the bit above “As the evidence continues to mount,”

    What evidence?

    I can’t recall them getting *any* evidence in TWO WHOLE SEASONS.

    And this is by a team of… umm… “experts”.

  6. etheral responds:

    I don’t know why they keep renewing it. Honestly, 1 season was enough. It’s literally the same show every week in a different location. The only reason to watch is to see the scenery… otherwise it’s just the same stuff.

    There needs to be more Crypto shows and they seem to be coming out (Monsters and Mysteries in America) but they need to be more interesting to keep people interested.

    On another note, Southern Paranormal on SYFY is HORRIBLE. Good lord what were they thinking with that steaming pile?

  7. DWA responds:

    Well, about all I can say good about this (other than urging Ranae to start reading up) is that this should ensure a continued flow of current-or-prior-year encounter reports to the BFRO database. It never happened before “Finding Bigfoot.”

    Now if only the show would get better. I can dream.

  8. Peltboy25 responds:

    Here’s what I don’t get…

    The true holy grail of such shows is REAL, intriguing evidence. Distant sounds and spooky lighting captured on shaky cameras gets old pretty quick. So why not do the following:

    Instead of getting a huge crew with sound and camera gear to traipse noisily through the “hot spot” du jour, fund an intense, long-term, low-impact study in a likely area. Probably the Pac northwest. Send two serious people out, deep into the woods, and have them camp for a month or more at a time. Give them state of the art portable FLIR and long-range camera gear. Let them record each other. Let them log hours and hours of patient waiting and quiet observation. While this may not result in action-packed TV, it would be far more intriguing and would be far more likely to result in truly provocative evidence. It would also be relatively low in budget.

  9. eyeofstrm responds:

    Why don’t they take an entire season and stay in one hot spot? They would probably stand a better chance of catching any sort of evidence. Spend 5 or 6 months out in the deep north woods of Wash. State, or Oregon.

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