'Sharknado' doesn't have the same bite in ratings as on Twitter

Almost 1.4 million people tuned into Syfy Thursday night to watch "Sharknado," the movie about what happens when you combine a tornado and sharks.

The disaster film spoof, which stars Tara Reid and Ian Ziering, became a Twitter sensation -- no doubt because of its hilarious title. There were 350,000 tweets about the movie -- a big number for a television program.

While the numbers for the movie are solid, it is another example that Twitter activity doesn't always correlate with TV ratings.

PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments

However, all the tweets and free publicity from news outlets looking to generate traffic by writing about "Sharknado" will likely mean the movie will continue to get decent ratings when Syfy repeats it.

"Sharknado" wasn't just for kids. The median age for "Sharknado" viewers was 46.8, according to Nielsen.


'Sharknado' keeps TV real

Syfy plans shark marathon for 'Sharknado'

'Breaking Bad' finale will screen at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Follow Joe Flint on Twitter @JBFlint.


ON LOCATION: People and places behind what's onscreen

PHOTOS: Biggest box office flops of 2013

PHOTOS: Celebrity production companies

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
Related Content
  • Cable versus broadcast ratings

    Cable versus broadcast ratings

    The ratings gap between cable and broadcast TV shows keeps shrinking. This season, many hit series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox have slumped to record lows. But cable shows are at or near all-time highs. A few examples:

  • 'Sharknado' creators speak about Syfy's buzzy B movie

    'Sharknado' creators speak about Syfy's buzzy B movie

    On Friday, the world – or at least the Internet – was still reeling in the wake of “Sharknado,” the cheesy Syfy original movie that everyone, or at least it seemed online, was watching Thursday night. Though its ratings were relatively modest, even for cable, it was nothing less than a phenomenon...