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Is 'Gold Rush' Calling It Quits After Season 10 — or Will We See More Prospecting Action?

Mustafa Gatollari - Author

Apr. 21 2020, Updated 4:02 p.m. ET

The prospectors on Discovery channel's Gold Rush have hit it big in more ways than one. Not only are they nailing some impressive gold hauls almost every mining season, but they're becoming household names and reality TV celebrities all over the country. Heck, when I was at a bar in Alaska filming for Ghost Hunters, I immediately recognized Parker Schnabel when he walked in.

Despite the program's massive reach, many fans have the same question: Is this the last season of Gold Rush?

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The show's currently in its 10th outing which will wrap up on March 6, 2020. Naturally, Discovery hasn't mentioned whether or not it'll be returning for an 11th.

Regardless of how successful a series is, almost every show ultimately becomes more and more expensive to produce over time. On air "talent," even when it comes to reality TV, expect pay raises from season to season, which is only natural.

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As they become bigger and bigger household names, they have other career opportunities/pathways open up for them, so if "cast members" have the potential to make money elsewhere, they can walk away from a smash hit show should they choose to do so. The folks on Gold Rush, I'd imagine, are in similar positions. It's not like they got into prospecting to be on TV, anyway: digging for gold is probably a lot easier too when cameras aren't shoved in your face.

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There's nothing to suggest, however, that Discovery channel wouldn't want to continue airing Gold Rush, as the series is becoming more popular with each season. In fact, it eclipsed Live PD's numbers, a show that was once at the top of the Nielsen ratings food chain, with a monstrous 2,582,000+ simultaneous viewers at the end of January.