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RATINGS FOR SHARK WEEK GROW — SO DOES CONTROVERSY

August 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Two more shark features on the Discovery network were easily the most-watched shows on cable TV Tuesday night. Alien Sharks attracted 3.11 million viewers at 9:00 p.m., while Lair of the Mega Shark drew 2.78 million at 10:00 p.m. Discovery has been dominating the ratings with Shark Week features all week, despite the fact that critics of the series, in the words of Advertising Age magazine, "have been circling Discovery and seem intent on going in for the kill." One of the most vocal critics has been Discover magazine’s Christie Wilcox, who has accused Discovery of engaging in "fraud, deception and lies" in its Shark Week programming. Vox.com debunked a Shark Week feature called "Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine" about a 35-foot shark "the size of a submarine" that, according to the feature, attacked people off the coast of South Africa. Vox claimed that "none of this was real" and quoted zoologist Michelle Wcisel as pointing out that the shark was an "urban legend started by journalists in the 1970s who were trying to fool a gullible public." Discovery concluded its feature with this disclaimer: "Events have been dramatized, but many believe Submarine exists to this day."