(Update 4:26 PM) 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.
Syfy said the film will air again Saturday and Sunday.
"Sharknado 2: The Second One" graces television screens throughout America Wednesday night. Here's how the Twitter world celebrated.
Tara Reid writing a book is the least believable part of this movie.— PeterFrancis Gainesi (@petegaines) July 31, 2014
Well... I guess this'll give the Mets one more new way to lose. #Sharknado2TheSecondOne— Mark Ramos (@MRMark5) July 31, 2014
It's the subtle metaphors that really tie the plot together nicely... #Sharknado2TheSecondOne— David Ginsburg (@DavidGinsburg) July 31, 2014
Chris Christie is actually responsible for sending the Statue of Liberty to block that street. #Sharknado2TheSecondOne— Carrie Coppernoll (@carriejacobs) July 31, 2014
More like Biz Sharkie.— DG (@DanGnajerle) July 31, 2014
VIVICA SLAY FOX— Eric Buenning (@ericbuenning) July 31, 2014
Where the hell is spiderman? How is he letting this happen #sharknado2— Ryan Keelan (@ryankeelan) July 31, 2014
The saw hand counts as Tara Reid's first successful cosmetic surgery. #Sharknado2TheSecondOne— Sam Roberts (@notsam) July 31, 2014
Guys, it's fake pic.twitter.com/l0V9SCSndx— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) July 31, 2014
HE PULLED AN ARM WITH A GUN FROM A DEAD SHARK TO KILL ANOTHER SHARK WHAT EVEN IS REALITY #Sharknado2TheSecondOne— Summer Heacock (@Fizzygrrl) July 31, 2014