Friday, 1 August 2014 | MYT 1:30 PM

'Sharknado 2' sets record audience numbers for Syfy channel

The TV movie made its worldwide premiere simultaneously across 86 countries – incuding Malaysia – yesterday.

Flying sharks chomping through New York City drew a record audience for Syfy’s Sharknado 2: The Second One, and became the most tweeted-about TV movie on social media, the US cable network said.

Sharknado 2, which aired on July 31 and reunited leading stars Tara Reid and Ian Ziering from last year’s campy hit Sharknado, drew 3.9 million viewers to become Syfy’s most-watched original movie.

On Twitter, Syfy, a unit of Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal, said Sharknado 2 garnered one billion impressions across conversations on the micro-blogging site, and was also among the top trending topics of Wednesday evening.

In the movie, an aerial shark attack causes large-scale destruction across Manhattan. It features numerous cameos including Today show hosts Matt Lauer and Al Roker and country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus.

Last year’s Sharknado became a surprise hit for US cable channel Syfy after attracting a cult audience drawn to the film’s low-budget special effects about a hurricane that unleashes hungry sharks on Los Angeles.

The popularity of Sharknado, which drew an audience of 1.4 million with its July TV premiere last year, created a social media frenzy that drew larger audiences to rebroadcasts of the film, and led the network to release Sharknado in 200 US movie theatres. 

Syfy is continuing the shark attacks with Sharknado 3, due out in summer 2015. Syfy channel is on HyppTV (Ch 611) in Malaysia. — Reuters

Tags / Keywords: TV , Sharknado , Syfy , The Second One


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