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“River Monsters” nabs highest ratings yet

Animal Planet reports its third season finale of River Monsters (pictured) has delivered its highest audience yet, along with high numbers for the Finding Bigfoot sneak peek.
June 3, 2011

Animal Planet reports its third season finale of River Monsters (pictured) has delivered its highest audience yet, along with high numbers for the Finding Bigfoot sneak peek.

The network’s highest rated series, which follows extreme angler and biologist Jeremy Wade on the hunt for legendary, flesh-eating freshwater fish, delivered more than 1.5M P2+ viewers for its finale episode, ‘Jungle Killer,’ which aired on May 30.

The River Monsters season-ender also become the most watched season three episode among men 25-54.  The entire third season also outperformed season two among demos P18-49, M18-49, P18-34, M18-34 and W18-34 and helped rank Animal Planet third among all ad-supported cable networks in its time slot.

Season four of Icon Films’ River Monsters is slated to premiere April 2012. Airing after the River Monsters season finale, the sneak peek telecast of Finding Bigfoot scored more than 1.3M P2+ vewers, and ranked high with the p25-54 and M25-54 demos. It was the network’s most watched late night telecast ever among these demos.

Finding Bigfoot sees four members of the Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) on the quest to prove that the legendary Bigfoot really does exist in America. The series premieres on June 5  at 10 p.m., and is produced for Animal Planet by Ping Pong Productions.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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