Whale Wars season three finale was Animal Planet’s most-watched episode ever

Whale Wars awesome two-hour finale on Friday, during which Pete Bethune snuck aboard the Shonan Maru #2 and surprised its crew while the helicopter–and the show’s camera’s–watched, was the highest rated regular telecast ever for Animal Planet among key demographics.

The network said in a press release that it was number-one at 10 p.m. among people ages 18 to 49, 25 to 54, and men 25 to 54, and the episode was “Animal Planet’s most-watched regularly airing telecast ever among P18-49 and P25-54.”

Overall, 1.33 million people over the age of two watched, and 853,000 stuck around for Blood Dolphins‘ debut. This season was more popular than last, with 29 percent more viewers tuning in on average, with similar increases among people 18 to 49 and 25 to 54.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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