Last night, the Syfy Original Movie Sharknado became their most social telecast ever, reaching  5,000 tweets per minute, according to Trendrr. With 387K social mentions (97% driven by Twitter with the top hashtags #sharknado and #syfy), Sharknado bested competitive cable/broadcast programming including CBS’ Big Brother/The Big Bang Theory and was within 2,500 tweets of the Game of Thrones’ #RedWedding episode. Danny Sullivan at notes that the campy disaster movie had about 25% of the online buzz that the Super Bowl had, but "for a strange TV movie on a cable channel, I’ll count that as pretty impressive." 

It seemed like everyone on Twitter took part in the Sharknado fun. NBC News’ Chuck Todd tweeted: 

He wasn’t alone. Lost co-creator and showrunner Damon Lindelof also got in on the action. 

Critics were spellbound.’s Alan Sepinwall wrote that Syfy’s Sharknado "hits the schlocky motherload," writing, "Some movies are just designed as communal experiences: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." "The Sound of Music." "Sharknado.""

Time’s James Poniewozik had a similar reaction:

Given the enormous popular demand, Syfy will present a special encore presentation of Sharknado on Thursday, July 18 at 7PM (ET/PT).