Discovery’s Gold Rush logged 6.393 million viewers in Live + 3 for its fifth season finale, marking its strongest season wrap-up yet. Long strong with men, the men-and-mines reality series picked up enough women to rank as Friday night’s top program on cable in overall audience, as well as adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.  Rush out-delivered all broadcast programs Friday night with men 25-54, besting such shows as ABC’s get-rich reality series Shark Tank, CBS’s cop drama Blue Bloods, NBC’s newsmag Dateline, etc.

Gold Rush’s fifth season average of 5.518 million viewers is its best showing since Season 3.  It was the No. 1 unscripted series on cable (excludes sports and talk shows).

Friday’s finale was part of a Gold Rush palooza on Discovery that also included the pre-show, Gold Rush: The Dirt (2.453 million viewers). After the finale, 5.4 million stuck around for the Gold Rush aftershow.