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Social media sizzles as Sharknado 2 audience grows

Published on Aug 1, 2014 5:49 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Whimsical TV disaster movie Sharknado 2 reeled in 3.9 million viewers, the Syfy specialty channel said on Thursday, one day after the sequel's broadcast.

The followup to last year's instant cult classic about a freak weather system that rains a torrent of man-eating sharks on New York City was also a massive hit on social media, at one point dominating the entire top-10 trending list on Twitter, Syfy said.

"Sharknado 2 is the most social movie on TV ever, and was more social than any episode of Game Of Thrones, The Bachelorette or Survivor," it added in a statement.

The Nielsen ratings service put the number of Sharknado 2 tweets at 581,000 - way ahead of America's Got Talent, the summer's most popular TV series among Americans, with 59,000.

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