"Sharknado 2," the sequel to the 2013 B-movie hit "Sharknado," premiered on the Syfy channel on Wednesday. And, judging by the reaction on Twitter, it was likely the most-watched movie about a tornado of sharks in the history of television.
At several points during the prime-time premiere, nine of 10 U.S. trending topics on the social media platform were related to "Sharknado," with Twitter users feeding off the film's deliciously bad acting and absurd plot like campy chum.
Nielsen, which calculates Twitter ratings for television, said "Sharknado 2" topped Wednesday's entire primetime lineup, inspiring more than half a million tweets and generating 67.2 million Twitter TV impressions.
Here are just some of the tweets that whipped up Tuesday's Twitter storm.
SHARKNADO 2: SHARKS ON A PLANE— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 31, 2014
Hard to tell which is worse, the acting or the plastic surgery... #Sharknado2— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) July 31, 2014
FIN: AAAAAAAAAASHARK: AAAAAAAAAAFIN: AAAAAAAAAASHARK: AAAAAAAAAA-submitted for your Emmy consideration-— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 31, 2014
Yes, I was eaten by a shark while on a plane toilet. #Sharknado2— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) July 31, 2014
#Sharknado2TheSecondOne - Is it wrong that I'm rooting for the sharks?— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) July 31, 2014
The real star of Sharknado 2 is the casting director. Which D-lister pops up next? #Sharknado2TheSecondOne— Jon Swartz (@jswartz) July 31, 2014
The National Weather Service joined in on the fun.
Even the actors got into the act.
And Twitter users offered Syfy ideas for "Sharknado" spinoffs.