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Second Season Ordered As River Monsters Hooks Viewers; Animal Planet's Highest Rated Series Ever
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NEW YORK, New York -- Animal Planet's RIVER MONSTERS, hosted by extreme angler and biologist Jeremy Wade, reeled in an average of more than a million households (1.05M) across its seven premiere episodes, making it the best-performing series in network history. The series averaged more than 1.4M P2+ viewers. Overall the series achieved triple-digit gains among all key demos compared to Animal Planet's year-ago Prime average: 1.05M HH (+158%), 719K P25-54 (+273%), 455K M25-54 (+469%) and 265K W25-54 (+135%).

Sunday's RIVER MONSTERS season finale, "Freshwater Shark," bit off 1.47M P2+ viewers, making it the second most-watched episode for the series in terms of total viewers. RIVER MONSTERS catapulted Animal Planet to rank fifth among all non-sports in cable among P18-49 (780,000 viewers) in the 10 PM hour. In addition, "Killer Catfish" on April 12 was the most-watched RIVER MONSTERS episode and is Animal Planet's #1 performing regularly airing Prime telecast ever among P2+ (1.87M).

Animal Planet has given a green light to a second season of RIVER MONSTERS, which will go into production this summer, with a projected launch date in Spring 2010. The new season will explore more killer fish in freshwater locales across the globe, including several in the United States.

On Sunday, May 31 at 2 PM, Animal Planet will be running a nine-hour marathon of RIVER MONSTERS, featuring all seven episodes, plus a never-before-seen two-hour special cut of "Killer Catfish."

"RIVER MONSTERS was a ratings monster, and we're excited to send Jeremy back into the murky depths to explore more stories," says Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet Media. "With over a millions viewers gripped to their seats every week, Animal Planet is delivering on our promise of break-through television."

Animal Planet's RIVER MONSTERS is nature adventure series led by host and expert angler Jeremy Wade, following his worldwide search for harrowing tales of man-eating fish, with the hope of proving these freshwater mysteries as tall tales or frightening fact. Wade has taken his life-long passion and turned it into a full-time career, searching for a variety of aquatic vertebrae while navigating the globe's waterways. Wade's RIVER MONSTERS quests have him diving in with and reeling in such fascinating and mysterious creatures as piranha, alligator gar, wels catfish, bullshark and piraiba -- all alleged man killers.

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Reader Comments

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river monsters, great show, a must watch.
   comment# 1   - mike · usa · Apr 25, 2010 @ 9:49am

jeremy wade is awesome! I luv his show cuz i like fish. the one wear he catches a goonch is the best!
   comment# 2   - tish · salt lake city utah · May 29, 2010 @ 1:02pm

i love the show i like the fact that we learn what bait and we get to see the hook up as well as the fight thanks for show where do we go to get a shirt ?????
   comment# 3   - Bobby Ketcherside · circleville ohio usa · Jul 9, 2010 @ 6:28am

Love the show. Amazing!
   comment# 4   - Georgia Stewart · Pittsburgh USA · Apr 19, 2011 @ 1:55pm

The show is Awesome and so is Jeremy!! Love the Goliath Tiger Fish episode!!
   comment# 5   - Lynne Michaelis · Anoka,Mn USA · Apr 26, 2011 @ 8:13am

My 7 year old grandson loves to watch River Monsters. And now that fishing season has opened that is all he wants to do is fish....And I'm talking everyday !!!
   comment# 6   - Keith · Bristol, USA · Apr 26, 2011 @ 1:59pm

ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE SHOW! FASCINATING! I'D LOVE TO HAVE HIS JOB OR GO W/ HIM JUST ONCE! WHAT AN ADVENTURE THAT WOULD BE! I HAVE A B.S. IN BIOLOGY AND LOVE FISHING AND THE MYSTERIES OF MOTHER NATURE! I LOVE LEARNING ABOUT NEW CREATURES AND WAYS OF LIFE! GREAT SHOW!
   comment# 7   - HEATHER M. SEAMON · RICHFIELD SPRINGS NY USA · May 8, 2011 @ 10:07pm
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