A mermaid hoax documentary, “Mermaids: The New Evidence” brought Animal Planet the highest ratings in their history. The program debuted Sunday night to 3.6 million viewers according to Neilsen ratings. A report in VIBE on May 31, 2013 noted that this was a follow up to a 2012 show “Mermaids: The Body Found.”
“Animal Planet raked in the biggest ratings of its 17-year history with a seemingly-real program that was all just a hoax.”
“Mermaids” used computer-generated animation to represent virtual mermaids in their natural environment off the coast of Greenland. It was also suggested that human beings actually spent part of their evolution underwater. The show had a disclaimer at the end, which mentioned that the science in the program was fictional and based upon theory only.
All of this fiction on a channel known for its scientific programming was a huge ratings success. This could be the beginning of a new and even more entertaining chapter for Animal Planet. Or is it just an unstoppable descent down a very slippery slope? I hope there will be a part three in 2014 or sooner.
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