2013 was the former science-based channel’s best year ever. At what cost? All integrity. But that doesn’t seem to matter.
ANIMAL PLANET WINS ITS BEST YEAR EVER!
– Network Boasts Most Successful Year in Prime and Total Day –
– Animal Planet Ranks #16 in Cable for M25-54 –
– MERMAIDS: THE NEW EVIDENCE Drowns Out Competition, Luring 3.6 Million Viewers
Their 10 most successful programs included Mermaid: The New Evidence, River Monsters, Call of the Wildman, and Finding Bigfoot.
The follow-up to 2012’s highly popular MERMAIDS: THE BODY FOUND, MERMAIDS: THE NEW EVIDENCE ranked as Animal Planet’s most-watched telecast of all time, delivering 3.6M total viewers. Excluding sports, the special was the #1-rated telecast in all of ad-supported cable among P25-54 during the week of May 20, 2013.
River Monsters at least hold sway over Finding Bigfoot as Animal Planet’s most-watched series. At least that’s not a bad show. I don’t recall any fakery connected to that and they actually FIND read animals they seek, unlike Finding Bigfoot which has to have the worst title on television.
Animal Planet has capitalized on hype, speculation, manufactured drama and outright deception. Remember that Discovery Channel used to have shark week? The goal was to bring sound scientific information to the viewers to aid in the protection of threatened species. It used to be enlightening. Now, it’s Monster Week with the emphasis on mythical creatures as real. How dumb. Now, the Discovery complex lost integrity and lost support from viewers that value it. They instead have set themselves to appeal to a less-educated, lower income audience. I’d say that’s a mistake. [Note: Greater levels of education leads you to NOT believe in paranormal stuff. Look at the demographics. People with higher degrees and more disposable income are NOT those who are watching Call of the Wildman or Finding Bigfoot. These shows have low intellectual content. Science-inclined people are rather fed up with this network because it's insulting to watch nonsense. So, Bigfoot people should not be giving me grief for this.]
Our coverage of Animal Planet/Discovery Channel this year.
- Finding BigRatings: Animal Planet ditches reality for docudrama dollars.
- Discovery channel touts… giant shark. You KNEW this was coming, didn’t you? (UPDATE: Pwned).
- Call of the Wildman show staged snake appearance? (UPDATE: Staged).
- Animal Planet’s downward plunge – more mermaids.
- Animal Planet continues to confuse fantasy animals with reality.
Tip: Jeb Card