‘Sharknado 2′ whipped up storm of viewers, tweets

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NEW YORK (AP) — Syfy says its sequel to the horror spoof “Sharknado” snapped up 3.9 million viewers Wednesday night.

The film, officially titled “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” nearly tripled the 1.37 million viewers who saw last summer’s premiere of the original “Sharknado” film.

Meanwhile, Nielsen estimates that 5.5 million people saw one or more of the 581,000 tweets posted during the airing. At one point, the film held all top 10 trending topics in the United States. By comparison, 318,000 tweets about the first “Sharknado” film were posted when it premiered last July.

In campy fashion, “Sharknado 2″ moved the action from Los Angeles to New York City, which was besieged by its own fearsome storm of rain and falling sharks.

Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return from the original film that attracted nearly 1.37 million viewers. They’re joined by Vivica A. Fox and Mark McGrath, along with Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”), Andy Dick, Judd Hirsch and Perez Hilton. Matt Lauer and Al Roker of “Today” and Robert Klein make cameo appearances.

This time the mayhem moves from Los Angeles to the East Coast, where a freak weather system unleashes sharks on the populace and famous sites like Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

“It’s a whole different story, not just sharks ripping through flesh,” co-star Kari Wuhrer said Tuesday at NBC’s summer TV presentation. “New York is a character in the movie, the weather is a character in the movie.”

Syfy said the film will air again Saturday and Sunday.

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