Post Type:news Animal Planet's 'Mermaids' Special Swims To Network Viewership Record | Viamedia

Animal Planet netted a record audience Sunday for its special Mermaids: The New Evidence. 

The May 26 special averaged 3.6 million viewers, topping the 2.8 million viewers garnered by a 2005 special Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real, according to network officials. Mermaids: The New Evidence — which launched Animal Planet’s Monster Week 2013 programming stunt — was a sequel to the 2012 special Mermaids: The Body Found, which drew 1.9 million viewers, according to the network. 

Online, the special generating more than 1.5 million streams of Mermaids-related video since Sunday evening, triple the volume seen with the original special. 

“The phenomenon of Mermaids has truly been a watershed – and a watercooler – moment for Animal Planet,” said Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet in a statement. “These extraordinary television specials have electrified, challenged & entertained television audiences and online fans alike.” 

Source: Multichannel News, 5/28/13