Posts Tagged ‘Shark Week’

This Week In…Discovery Buzz

January 30, 2015 | by lstewart

Happy Friday! Here in Silver Spring, we’re still feeling all warm and fuzzy inside thanks to a celebratory Puppy Bowl Tailgate we had this afternoon. If we weren’t all ready to head full throttle into the Big Game (I’m talking about the pups, here!), we certainly are now.

As much as we love our four-legged friends, there are lots of other things happening here at Discovery Communications! Here are some stories from this past week you may have missed:

Have a great weekend!

Discovery Channel Celebrates the Best of 2014 with Virtual Advent Calendar

December 23, 2014 | by lstewart

Discovery Channel is celebrating the end of another action-packed year by looking back on its shows’ best moments, and fans are invited to join in on the fun!

A virtual advent calendar is now live as a companion to the network’s “Best of Discovery 2014” programming. Marathons of well-loved series and specials – from Gold Rush to Shark Week – are airing now through January 1. By using the hashtag #Discovery2014 on social media, viewers can share their favorite moment from each show featured in the 11 day event. One fan favorite moment from each show will be selected and posted to the advent calendar the day of that respective show’s premiere.

Here is a rundown of which shows will be airing when:

  • December 22 – Fast ‘N Loud
  • December 23 – Moonshiners
  • December 24 – Alaska: The Last Frontier
  • December 25 – Shark Week
  • December 26 – Gold Rush
  • December 27 – Deadliest Catch
  • December 28 – Alaska: The Last Frontier
  • December 29 – Street Outlaws
  • December 30 – Moonshiners
  • December 31 – Naked & Afraid
  • January 1 – Alaskan Bush People

Click here to explore the Advent Calendar, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite moments!

Dive Into Shark Week Online

August 10, 2014 | by kdelmonico

Shark WeekEveryone’s favorite week of summer is back and this year there are even more ways to sink your teeth into all of the jawesome Shark Week fun online. Kicking off tonight at 8pm ET/PT, fans can see their Facebook posts features live, on-air throughout Shark Week. Sink your teeth into Shark Week online at and through:

  • #KingOfSummer: Visit the #KingOfSummer hub to keep on top of all things social around this year’s #SharkWeek, as well as upload your own photos to become the #KingOfSummer. Why should Rob Lowe get to have all the fun?
  • Shark After Dark Live: @BobtheShark is back! SHARK WEEK’s live, late-night show,featuring updates from social media correspondent Taryn Southern, is back. Stick around for the behind-the-scenes scoop after the show wraps, as the party continues at After Shark After Dark Live at
  • Sharkified Snapchat: Breach the waters of the newly launched Snapchat account and add SharkWeekTV for exclusive updates throughout the week.

Follow @SharkWeek on Twitter and like Shark Week on Facebook to get all of the latest throughout the week – Happy Shark Week!

Chompie Jr. Takes the DC Area By Fin

August 7, 2014 | by kdelmonico
Chompie Jr.

Chompie Jr. is a commuter, too!

Here at Discovery, we’re getting ready to kick off everyone’s favorite summer celebration, Shark Week, beginning this Sunday at 8pm ET/PT. Chompie Jr. is also gearing up to welcome back the King of Summer. In celebration of all things Shark Week, Chompie Jr. will be making the rounds tomorrow in the DC area, surprising locals and tourists alike with his toothy grin.

Follow the hashtag #ChompieAttack to keep tabs on Chompie Jr.’s whereabouts, and don’t forget to post using the #ChompieAttack hashtag if you happen to encounter this aquatic creature in the Nation’s Capital tomorrow. Get your photo taken with Chompie Jr. and you might win some free Shark Week swag so that you can kick off everyone’s favorite week in style. Keep your eyes peeled, D.C. – Chompie Jr.’s on the loose!

This Week In…Discovery Buzz

August 1, 2014 | by kdelmonico

Discovery BuzzHappy Friday! It’s been a busy week here at Discovery, as we reported second quarter results and continue to count down to everyone’s favorite summer event, Shark Week. Check out some of the comings and goings of this past week and check out Rob Lowe absolutely owning the title of #KingOfSummer below.

Guest Post: The Convergence of Social Media and TV

October 21, 2013 | by aharris

Today’s guest post on Discovery Blog is from Pam Pearce, Senior Director of Ad Sales Research, for Discovery Communications.

Discovery Communications LogoTV watching has always been an inherently social experience. However, over the past few years, the rapid growth of social media platforms and the recognition of this by programmers has significantly changed the way many viewers watch television. According to Nielsen, nearly half of U.S. smartphone and tablet owners use their devices as second screens daily while watching TV. Among those engaging with a second screen, half of them visit social media sites.  As networks explore new ways to engage with audiences, custom hash tags, real-time engagement with talent and socially enhanced shows have quickly become the norm.

In an effort to deepen our understanding of the various ways in which social media and TV intersect, Discovery’s Curiosity Lab took a look at two recent Discovery Channel events – Shark Week and Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda. Two surveys were conducted to determine how viewers interacted socially with the programs and what effects social conversations had on their viewing behavior. The results of these studies highlight several of the many ways social media can impact TV audiences.

Social Media, Tune-in and Enhanced Engagement

Throughout its 26-year history, the popularity of Shark Week has extended beyond just the TV viewing experience. In recent years, the buzz around Shark Week has continued to grow; although much of the water-cooler conversation has now moved online (the annual event generated 2.6 million Tweets from August 4-10, a 63% increase over 2012).

Not too surprisingly, the results of the Curiosity Lab survey confirmed the highly sharable nature of Shark Week. For instance, four in 10 viewers said they frequently found themselves talking about Shark Week, with nearly six in 10 declaring Shark Week “an experience that should be shared with others.”

While more than a third of viewers overall agreed that “Social media was made for an event like Shark Week,” it was among regular viewers of Discovery (those that watch once a week or more) that social media proved to have the greatest impact.  While promos were a key force in driving awareness and tune-in, 20% of regular Discovery viewers said that social media was “very or extremely influential” in their decision to watch the annual programming event, with similar percentages saying they had seen a post about Shark Week on social media (2x more than among non-regular viewers).

For regular viewers of Discovery, Social media provided an opportunity to deepen their viewing experience allowing them to move from audience members to event advocates. Compared to non-regular viewers, regular viewers of Discovery were:

  • More than 3 x more likely to post about the event on social media or text a friend about Shark Week.
  • More than 4x more likely to encourage others to watch Shark Week via social media.
  • 2x more likely to be part of the Shark Week social conversation by checking out what others were saying.
  • 70% more likely to call or tell a friend about Shark Week in person.

Social platforms also helped connect the community of Shark Week fans, bringing them back night after night to share in the experience. The more a viewer tuned in, the more likely they were to join the social conversation. Among heavy Shark Week viewers (those that watched 5+ Shark Week programs), 72% participated in some social activity.

Multiplatform Activities During Shark Week 2013

For Shark Week, social media served as a tool by which passionate viewers could not only enhance their own personal viewing experience but also share their excitement around the event with others.

When A Must-See Event Becomes A Must-Share Experience

On Sunday June 23rd, 21 million viewers were glued to their TVs wondering if Nik Wallenda would make it across the Grand Canyon. For many of those Skywire Live viewers, however, just watching on their TV was not enough. During this “must see TV event” many were driven to reach beyond the TV screen, seeking ways to extend their viewing experience to another screen or invite others to share it with them. More than half (57%) of Skywire Live viewers reported taking some action around the event, with nearly half (48%) saying they had “shared” the event in some way. By the time the Walk was completed, Skywire Live was responsible for 1.3 million Tweets, dozens of Worldwide and U.S. Twitter Trending Topics and a peak of nearly 40,000 Tweets per minute as Wallenda reached the other side of the Grand Canyon.

As with Shark Week, many regular viewers of Discovery took to Twitter and Facebook to share the event; however, for Skywire Live, social media actually proved to be a powerful tool for bringing new viewers to network. The real-time, “must-see” nature of Skywire Live made social media the ideal platform for drawing viewers in, speaking directly to those (on Twitter and Facebook) who were looking to engage in “the now.”  According to the Curiosity Lab survey, more than half of non-regular Discovery viewers who tuned into Skywire Live said that social media contributed to their decision to watch, with 21% saying that social media was “very or extremely influential.”

While both regular and non-regular viewers were equally as likely to say they heard about Skywire Live via a post on social media (10%), non-regular Discovery viewers were more than twice as likely to say posts on social media influenced their decision to tune in (compared to regular Discovery viewers).

Skywire Live Non-Regular Discovery Viewers: Promos


Traditional promos and news stories about Skywire Live certainly played a significant role in driving awareness for the event. Nonetheless, Skywire Live illustrated social media’s value in expanding awareness and extending the reach of the event, bringing a new audience to the network.

As seen with Skywire Live, social can be a valuable platform to create awareness and drive tune-in. The live nature of the event made real-time tune-in an essential part of the experience. Social media proved impactful as it was able to foster and amplify the unique “in the moment” desire for collective engagement seen with live events – ultimately bringing more viewers to the TV screen

For Shark Week, social media served as an additional opportunity for viewers to connect to the content, while it also served as a place for the most passionate fans to interact with other like-minded viewers. In doing so, social engagement was able to contribute to success in by enhancing viewer engagement as well as encouraging invested viewers to return night after night.

For networks and advertisers looking to leverage the power of social media, it is important to understand not only which types of content lend themselves most to a social dialogue, but also the ever evolving ways in which social connections can be facilitated to maximize success. While not all programming has the pop culture status of Shark Week or the on-the-edge-of-your-seat factor of Skywire Live, there are takeaways that span genres. Depending on program appeal and other factors, social media can enrich satisfaction for core/loyal viewers or attract new audiences to sample content as part of a communal viewing experience.