Shark Week ratings are in


Image Credit: Discovery

With a little help from Andy Samberg, Discovery’s Shark Week got off to one of the annual programming event’s best Sunday night numbers ever.

Shark Week opened to 3.3 million viewers its first hour for Great White Invasion and  3.0 million for Jaws Comes Home at 10 p.m. The opening block was down slightly in viewership from last year. Among adults 18-49, Jaws was the No. 2 program on cable last night behind HBO’s True Blood.

Discovery is particularly proud of its strong female demos last night since Shark Week hasn’t historically been much a draw among women.

What’s really impressive about this is that this week marks the 24th year Discovery has aired Shark Week and it’s still going strong. The network also made a smart choice by tapping Samberg as host to put a familiar face on the week.


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  • cheese

    I’ve never really found Andy Samberg to be funny, but good for him for making Shark Week even more of a success.

  • joi

    I am a female and watch Shark Week every year-nothing against Andy Samberg but they didn’t need a host IMO. My main focus is great whites but I wish they would do more size comparisons on these huge sharks-like put a life size dummy in the water so we can see how truly huge & magnificent these animals are.

    • will

      do you really want great white sharks to get used to the shape of a human being?

  • Patsy Pisflapz

    I’m a hermaphrodite, and I watch shark week. My ratings count for female and male. I’m ugly also, so at least one dog is watching

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