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Winner: 'Sharknado 2: The Second One'
The original "Sharknado" was a Twitter phenomenon, but not a ratings one — at least not in its first airing. (Reruns performed much better, in part because so many people tuned in after hearing about all the funny things Mia Farrow had tweeted.) The New York-set sequel snuck up on no one, but was more traditionally successful, drawing nearly 4 million viewers in its first airing (compared to only 1.4 million for the original, and more than tripling the original's rating among young adults). It also mostly managed to maintain the original's corny sincerity; despite a plethora of "celebrity" cameos, "The Second One" didn't drown in winks at the camera and nods to the unlikely success of the franchise. And there will almost certainly be a third one now.
- Alan Sepinwall