Shark Week
What's a Mako Shark? After Shark Week, You Won't Want To Cross Paths With This Terrifying Creature

What’s a Mako Shark? After Shark Week, You Won’t Want To Cross Paths With This Terrifying Creature

Whether you live every week like it’s Shark Week or are just celebrating the 40th anniversary of Jaws, you’re going to want to spend the week of July 5 missing out on the summer weather and watching seven days and hundreds of hours in front of the Discovery Channel. This year, Shark Week has a mission: to teach fans what a mako shark is. Mako sharks, unlike the extinct megalodon, are a real category of sharks, that can be found all over the globe. There are two types of mako, the shortfin (also...
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Shark Week Draws Record Demo Ratings for Discovery Channel

Shark Week Draws Record Demo Ratings for Discovery Channel

Discovery’s “Shark Week” again took a big bite out of the competition, with this year’s edition ranking as the highest-rated ever in many demos and lifting the network to No. 1 finishes for all of television in some of these categories. The network will issue updated Live+3 ratings later in the week, but in Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” estimates, “Shark Week” averaged a 1.46 coverage rating in the network’s target adults 25-54 demo — edging out last year’s 1.42 rating as the best...
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Shark Week Snaps Up Ratings Records for Discovery Channel

Shark Week Snaps Up Ratings Records for Discovery Channel

EXCLUSIVE: When the dust settled,Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 2013 emerged as the most watched in the franchise’s 26-year history. An average of 2.12 million people watched Shark Week in primetime, Discovery says, and nearly 29 million unique viewers sampled the orgy of shark-dom. Sunday’s kickoff faux-documentary Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives survived the week as the most-watched program in the franchise’s history, with an average of nearly 5 million tuning in. Shark Week was TV’s highest-rated...
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‘Shark Week’ at 25: Evolution of an event

‘Shark Week’ at 25: Evolution of An Event

As Discovery Channel continues its 25th annual ‘Shark Week,’ executive producer Brooke Runnette (pictured) reflects on how the show has changed over a quarter of a century. This year’s ‘Shark Week’ is offering up more programming than ever before, with 10 premieres, including Sharkzilla and How Jaws Changed the World, as U.S. net Discovery Channel celebrates 25 years of shark fascination. Brooke Runnette, ‘Shark Week’ executive producer, tells realscreen the reason why audiences have been...
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Phil DeFranco Tapped to Host Discovery Channel’s Shark Week

Phil DeFranco Tapped to Host Discovery Channel’s Shark Week

Discovery Channel acquired Revision 3 back in May, 2012. And when the biggest non-fiction television company (that’s the distributor of such hit properties as Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs, and Man vs. Wild) bought and brought on the board the team and talent at the biggest non-fiction web original video company (that’s a distributor of and agent for such hit properties and personalities as The Totally Rad Show, Tekzilla, TechnoBuffalo, and Epic Meal Time), I made some educated guesses as to ways in which...
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Shark Week 25th anniversary lineup -- EXCLUSIVE

Shark Week 25th anniversary lineup — EXCLUSIVE

Cable’s longest-running ritual, Discovery’s Shark Week, will celebrate its 25th anniversary beginning Aug. 12. A host has not yet been announced, but EW has the first look at this year’s eight new specials. And they are… Air Jaws Apocalypse, premiering Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. ET: First of all, love the title. How else do you top Ultimate Air Jaws? Shark expert Chris Fallows and natural history producer Jeff Kurr return to Seal Island, South Africa and the 14-foot great white named Colossus. “And what...
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Shark Week Preview Video With Andy Samberg Bares Lady Gaga's Teeth

Shark Week Preview Video With Andy Samberg Bares Lady Gaga’s Teeth

Great bits from comedians always remain rattling around in my brain and, in light of this post, I can’t help but recall Ricky Gervais’ TV watching habits of only The Discovery and History Channels, meaning that he knew everything there was to know about sharks and Nazis. Of course Gervais was exaggerating, that’s not all these two great channels air… well, except for the former during Shark Week. Twenty-four years ago, some dude at Discovery pitched the idea for a week invested in...
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Shark Attack Survival Guide

Shark Attack Survival Guide

You can keep your Real Housewives marathons and your overhyped sporting events, because this is the week that television was made for: Shark Week. There’s something about slow-motion video of a great white leaping through the air to sample some tasty seal that makes us not leave the couch for anything other than an actual shark attack. And if that were to happen – because we do tend to watch a lot of TV while gently paddling our surfboard off the coast of South Africa – we’d be prepared, because...
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