By Alan Pergament
"Sharknado 2: The Second One" may have made local television history.
OK, I may have exaggerated a little.
There's no way to really instantly check if it became the highest-rated Syfy channel movie in Western New York history.
But that conclusion certainly makes more sense than the science in the basic cable movie that aired Wednesday night starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and all those D-list cameos.
A local researcher suspects that I am right, but added it might take him until "Sharknado 3" arrives to confirm it. (Once again, I'm exaggerating slightly).
I certainly did my part adding to the hype with my Sunday review. It also didn't hurt that some scenes were shot in downtown Buffalo (did you see the Liberty Building in the background near the end?) and the Lockport Caves (where local actor Michael Dugan became shark food).
The first airing of the movie had a 4.4 rating locally from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday and the repeat that followed it at 11 p.m. had a 1.8 rating, giving it a combined local rating of 6.2.
To put the local 4.4 rating in perspective, it was more than three times the 1.3 rating that the original "Sharknado" had here when it surprisingly took Twitter by storm a year ago.
This Just In: According to media reports, the national audience for "Sharknado 2" was 3.9 million, which was almost triple the 1.4 million who watched the premiere of the original. The sequel set a national Syfy record.
Locally, It also beat every prime time program Wednesday on ABC and Fox. ABC was running repeats of its comedies, including "Modern Family. " Fox was running "So You Think You Can Dance."
It also tied a repeat of "Criminal Minds" on CBS and came very close to tying "Big Brother," which in some ways is more mind-boogling than "Sharknado."
Halle Berry's "Extant" beat the sharks with a 6.3 rating on Channel 4, which is only slightly higher than the 6.2 rating for the two combined runs of "Sharknado 2."
The 6.2 rating also was higher than the first hour of NBC's "America's Got Talent" (6.1). The second hour of "AGT" jumped the shark with a 8.6, but "Sharknado" ate up a new episode of "Taxi Brooklyn" (3.9) at 10 p.m.
Of course, "Sharknado 2" was a huge Twitter success again, with numerous local amateur comedians suggesting some of the actors deserved Emmys.
My favorite moment in the intentionally stupid and campy film was when producer Michael Gellman of the daytime show "Live! with Kelly & Michael" became shark food. Runner-up: The moment Fin (Ziering) found the severed left hand of April (Reid) inside a shark, retrieved her engagement ring and asked her to marry him again.
Can't wait for the wedding to be interrupted by flying sharks in "Sharknado 3."