Ryan Seacrest Is No. 1 on THR's Reality Power List
Since Nancy Dubuc took control of History in 2007, the once fuddy-duddy network is now a top-five cable entity known for such manly-man reality series as Ice Road Truckers, Top Gear and Ax Men -- all of which have sent total viewership soaring 72 percent. Her hit Pawn Stars has seen more than 10 copycats hit the air since it premiered in 2009 and is now basic cable's top-rated series among adults 25-54 (and No. 2 overall). Now, the married mother of two splits her time between New York and Los Angeles while also revitalizing Lifetime, which has ramped up its unscripted offerings with the military-themed Coming Home, which premiered March 6 with 2.7 million viewers; a docu-vehicle for Roseanne Barr; and a series with Beth Holloway, mother of vanished teen Natalee Holloway. In a rare moment of calm, the red-hot cable exec admits she "way underestimated the schizophrenia" of running the two vastly different networks. But true to form, she has no plans of slowing down. "The art of being in one of these chairs is being able to push, push, push -- but also knowing when to take a beat," Dubuc says. "Some days I do that better than others."