Despite the Buzz, Syfy’s ‘Sharknado’ Failed to Take a Bite Out of The Ratings

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If you were on Twitter last night, chances are you saw a whirlwind of tweets about Syfy’s latest super realistic movie, Sharknado. Unfortunately the Jaws meets Twister flick, did not deliver in the ratings — hooking only 1.4 million viewers Thursday night.

Now let’s compare that with some of Sci-Fi’s other ceinematic masterpieces, shall we? 2010′s Sharktopus snagged 2.5 million viewers, 2011′s Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid rustled up 2.4 million and last year’s Piranhaconda bit off 1.8 million. Sharknado even fell flat when compared to the far less movie Chupacabra vs. the Alamo, which gained 1.5 million viewers earlier this year.

Even though the movie didn’t snag a ton of viewers, the Tara Reid flick did shatter Syfy’s Twitter records. Syfy says the online feeding frenzy peaked at 5,000 tweets per minute and broke the network’s social media records. Yikes! According to EW, Sharknado gained 387,000 total tweets, mearly 2,500 tweets shy of tying with the Game of Thrones infamous “Red Wedding” episode.

Wanna see all the unrealistic nonsense for yourself? Syfy will air an encore of Sharknado Tursday, July 18.

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Reporter Leanne Aguilera was raised in a small Orange County town, across the street from Disneyland, Lauren Conrad, and the entire cast of “The O.C.” (She and Mischa Barton are no longer on speaking terms.) In lieu of dating, she perfected the art of obsessing over TV couples, more commonly known as “shipping.” After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Leanne decided to uncover one of life’s greatest mysteries: What’s coming up on your favorite TV show?