From a media release:
Discovery today announcedÂ production is underway on a second seasonÂ of its new, smash hit original Canadian series,Â HEAVY RESCUE: 401. With the Season 1 finale scheduled to premiere tomorrow nightÂ (Feb. 28)Â atÂ 10 p.m. ETÂ on Discovery, the network has confirmed 10 brand new episodes are already in production for broadcast in early 2018.
Debuting last month to a premiere episode audience of more than 760,000 total viewers,Â HEAVY RESCUE: 401Â became the most-watched premiere in the networkâ€™s 22-year history. In all, nearly 3.5 million unique viewers â€“Â or one in 10 CanadiansÂ â€“ tuned in to the first episode. To date, the series has an average audience of 627,000 viewers in its premiere timeslot.
Produced by Thunderbird Entertainmentâ€™s factual arm and the creators of Discoveryâ€™s HIGHWAY THRU HELL, Great Pacific Media,Â HEAVY RESCUE: 401Â follows multiple major tow operators, rescue, and maintenance crews day and night along North Americaâ€™s most intense stretch of highway, Highway 401. With the support of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario,Â York Regional Police,Â maintenance contractors, andÂ several other organizations, the series features the men and women who keep Ontarioâ€™s 400-series highways operating at any cost.
More than 300 people work on the production ofÂ HEAVY RESCUE: 401. The series is made possible with the support of the Ontario governmentâ€™s film tax credit program, and the Canada Media Fund.
HEAVY RESCUE: 401Â is produced by Great Pacific Media (a Thunderbird Company) in association with Discovery. Executive Producer is Mark Miller and Blair Reekie. The series producer is Todd Serotiuk.