In the last twenty-four hours people have been stunned by SyFy’s latest freak of nature Sharknado, ourselves included. The made for TV movie starring Cassie Scerbo, Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, and John Heard was a social media sensation, sparking over a half million tweets on Twitter alone, but only gained an average 0.4 rating for viewers. That doesn’t translate to quality television, but as Deadline‘s reporting, this hasn’t stopped SyFy from thinking about their next shark-related sequel.
Not waiting for the viewing numberds, and based solely on those tweets, SyFy announced it was re-airing the film:
“Given the enormous popular demand, Syfy will present a special encore presentation of Sharknado on Thursday, July 18 at 7PM (ET/PT),” the network announced proudly this morning before the audience numbers came in.
There’s a reason they ok’d this before the actual audience numbers came in, the movie sucked – even by SyFy’s standards. In a report from Business Week the SyFy original movie, involving a freak hurricane flooding the city of Los Angeles and filling the city with man-eating sharks from tornadoes, only gained 1.3 million where on average SyFy movies have a regular viewership of 1.5 million viewers. It’s because social media like Twitter, where it received 5,000 tweets per minute at its peak, made Sharknado the “success” it appears to be.
So I guess things like Twitter and outrageous TV movies can come together and create magic. Those tweets were what made it made a worthwhile watch. Read on for the top 25 tweets from all the madness, including a few from one of Nerd Bastards own after the jump.
Like we said, social media was the deciding factor in Sharknado‘s success. First off shame on us for allowing this to happen, but at the same time we have to applaud the comedic gold it brings out in some people. It’s a live commentary with no filter that people just ate up.
Everyone had a field day cracking jokes about the movie, from celebrities like Wil Wheaton and Patton Oswalt to the regular viewers. And while some people used the horribly fun movie to promote their own causes some people knew what last night was all about: Sharks and tornadoes blended into one evening of fun. Check out some of the top contenders below:
As an added treat Matthew Jackson, one of our own from the site, had a busy night live-tweeting his thoughts on Sharknado. For the entire viewing take a look at Matt’s Twitter page, but here are a few highlights: