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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
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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