HBO had their highest ratings for an original movie in nearly 10 years with Behind the Candelabra and they had 2.4 million viewers. Midwest Mark wrote about a show that ran on Animal Planet and if you were thinking it was a joke, well you were part right. Mermaids: The New Evidence aired on Sunday night and the show set an Animal Planet ratings record with 3.4 million people tuning in to what turned out to be a giant hoax perpetrated by Animal Planet.
A show about mermaids on a minor cable network drew a million more viewers than the big-budget HBO special starring two Oscar winning actors. I can’t say that I’m shocked. This is the same country where a show like 2 Broke Girls continues to draw over 4 million mouth-breathing viewers a week. We can’t be surprised that 3.4 million people actually thought they were watching a real documentary.
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