The show, which debuted at 9 p.m. EST Thursday night, peaked at over 5,000 tweets per minute at 10:58 p.m. That’s’ almost 80 tweets per second, nowhere near the record of over 5,000 tweets per second set after Obama’s second presidential election win, but still a huge event by Twitter standards.
And why not. With a cast that included Ian Ziering (“90210”) and Tara Reid (“American Pie”), the movie also had an unbeatable plot line: hundreds of flesh-eating sharks are hurled into Los Angeles by a tornado.
The film might be great, but if winning on Twittersphere could get you an Oscar, filmmaker Brian Naugton better get his speech ready.
Here’s a few fave from the Twitter feeds:
If youre looking for one dimensional characters, terribly inconstant lighting, & sharks getin thrown out of tornadoes I recommend #SharkNado,” said filmmaker Brian Naughton.
Hookjaw Rox added: “We are SO fortunate to have this blessing to keep us entertained in between basketball and football season! #SharkNado #killme”
“How did these people not notice the 4,000 foot waves coming to crash on them? #SharkNado,” posted Jonnathan Ritland.
“Ways to kill an airborne shark. Shotgun, revolver, chainsaw, knife, big stick, bomb, Car, fire, pickax, sudden stop,” tweeted Mike’l Severe, an Omaha, Nebraska, sports talk show host.
“#SharkNado: Better with or without beer? Discuss. (Still trying to form an opinion here.),” asks a post from Draft Magazine, an online publication for beer enthusiasts.
“We survived the #Sharknado!” Red Cross Oklahoma tweeted. “Be prepared for real situations, though. Download #RedCross Tornado & First Aid apps.”
“Just pitched my script “hurricanine” to the producers of #Sharknado about a hurricane filled with pugs,” tweeted actor/producer Kirk Fox. “It’s a very cute but deadly movie.”
Mia Farrow: “omg omg OMG #sharknado”
Olivia Wilde: “I just recorded it based on this review: “@MiaFarrow: Omg omg OMG #sharknado”
Elizabeth Banks: “Well, there goes my Emmy. RT @Syfy: . @oliviawilde @MiaFarrow We have roles for you both in the #Sharknado sequel @DamonLindelof is writing”