"Sharknado 2: The Second One" was a huge hit for Syfy on Wednesday night, pulling in almost three times as many viewers as the first flick and setting a ratings record for the network.

The sharktastic sequel tallied 3.9 million viewers during its premiere, up more than 183 percent from the 1.4 million who tuned in to the original back in July 2013. That number was enough to secure "The Second One"'s spot as the most-watched original movie debut in Syfy history.

And the superlatives don't stop there. According to the network, "The Second One" secured one billion "impressions" on Twitter. What that means exactly isn't clear (mentions, perhaps?), though it was obviously talked about quite a bite on social media.

Syfy was so pleased with the sequel's performance that it's rerunning the flick on Saturday and Sunday, a ploy the network also applied with the first film, which built on its audience during two successive showings last summer. At the time, its third airing in 2013, which scored 2.1 million viewers, was the network's most-watched original movie, before "Sharknado 2" blew it out of the water.

"Sharknado" eventually grossed 9.5 million viewers throughout all its airings in 2013. There's no telling just how big a chunk of viewers will tune in for another serving of "The Second One," though we're expecting it will get plenty of bites in the days ahead.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter, TheWrap]

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