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'Sharknado' reels in highest ratings yet on third broadcast

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Campy TV movie draws 2.1 million viewers ahead of limited theatrical run

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The Sharknado machine is showing no signs of slowing down. Since taking over Twitter on its July 11th premiere, the absurd Syfy TV movie has only expanded its audience with each airing, luring millions with chainsaws and airborne killer sharks. The film set another milestone Saturday night when, on its third broadcast, it garnered its highest ratings yet.

According to Syfy, Saturday night's broadcast pulled in a total of 2.1 million viewers, up from the underwhelming 1.4 million who tuned into the premiere and the 1.9 million who watched its encore. It also attracted 791,000 adults in the coveted 18 to 49 age demographic, and ended the evening with a 1.4 household rating between 9 PM and 11 PM ET/PT. That makes Sharknado's third act the "most watched original movie encore in Syfy history," according to the network.

Syfy says Sharknado will air for the final time on August 22nd, though the saga is far from over. Earlier this month, the network confirmed plans to produce a New York City-based sequel, and will run the original at select US movie theaters on August 2nd.