‘River Monsters’ Scares Up Record Ratings

Season Five Debut Of Animal Planet Series Draws 1.8 Million Viewers

Animal Planet’s season five debut of series River Monsters drew 1.8 million total viewers, a record for a series premiere.

The show’s April 7 two-hour premiere was also the second most watched episode ever and posted big increases compared to last season’s average in several key demos including adults 18-49 (938,000, up 18%); men 18-49 (608,000, up 28%); and men 25-54 (543,000, up 9%), said network officials.

The series will run Sundays and conclude with a two-hour special on Memorial Day, May 27, said network officials.