Sharknado 2: The Second One just became SyFy Channel’s most watched original movie by nearly tripling the number of viewers of the original disaster B-movie. The modern example of the “so bad, it’s good” meme had social media buzzing too and became the most social movie on TV ever.
Almost four million (3.9 million to be exact) total viewers turned into the SyFy Channel to watch Ian Ziering and friends survive a Sharknado attack on New York, according to Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” estimates (via Zap2It). It had more viewers in the 18-49 age category (1.6 million) than watched the original Sharknado (1.4 million) when it was initially released on July 11, 2013. Subsequent showings of the made for TV movie went as high as 2.1 million total viewers.
It wasn’t just the TV ratings where Sharknado 2 dominated. It also delivered one billion impressions on Twitter, making it the most discussed move on TV ever on the social network. This was more than any episode of Game of Thrones or any of the big summer movie events from 2014 such as Transformers 4, Godzilla or 22 Jump Street.
At the very least, you can say that those who Tweeted about Sharknado 2 did so with a good sense of fun.
The other way to get rid of a sharknado is to make it say its name backwards. #Sharknado2
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) July 31, 2014
It’s all very funny live tweeting Sharknado 2 but what if there is an actual Sharknado during the movie. People will think its a joke! — Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) July 31, 2014
— Ian Ziering (@IanZiering) July 31, 2014
The Middle East is imploding, Russia is shooting passenger planes out of the sky & Ebola is an actual thing. On the plus side, Sharknado 2. — Wilson Bethel (@WilsonBethel) July 31, 2014
— Vivica A. Fox (@MsVivicaFox) July 31, 2014
Sharknado 2: The Second One was produced by The Asylum and stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer and Judah Friedlander.
Cameos include Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick, Perez Hilton, Judd Hirsch, Robert Klein, Kurt Angle, Salt N’ Pepa’s Pepa (Sandra Denton), Biz Markie, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, Richard Kind, Kelly Oxford, Billy Ray Cyrus, Wil Wheaton and Robert Hays.
Sharknado 2 will be re-aired on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 p.m. on the SyFy Channel. Sharknado 3 is already in production. Thank yourselves America. You made it happen.
Were you one of the 3.9 million viewers taken in by Sharknado 2? Let us know what you thought of the disaster flick in the comments.
[Images via Sharknado 2]