River Monsters Season 5 premiere does monster ratings for Animal Planet

Animal Planet says that last Sunday’s (April 7) two-hour River Monsters Season 5 premiere was the most-watched season debut in network history, reeling in 1.8 million viewers P2+.

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That number also made the River Monsters Season 5 premiere the second-most-watched episode of River Monsters ever. The episode, “Face Ripper,” followed host Jeremy Wade as he investigated a horrific death in a Bolivian river where a man’s face was ripped to shreds.

The River Monsters Season 5 premiere saw significant delivery increases among several key demos versus last year’s average, according to Animal Planet. This includes P2+ (+19%, 1.8 million vs. 1.5 million); HH (+9%, 1.2 million vs. 1.1 million); P18-49 (+18%, 938,000 vs. 795,000); M18-49 (+28%, 608,000 vs. 474,000); and M25-54 (+9%, 543,000 vs. 500,000).

According to Animal Planet, the River Monsters Season 5 debut helped the network rank third, only behind History and AMC, among ad-supported cable networks in the 9-11pm timeslot with M18-49 (excluding sports), and fourth with M25-54. “Face Ripper” ranked as the seventh ad-supported cable telecast of the night among M18-49, just behind the season premiere of Mad Men.

River Monsters Season 5 continues to air on Animal Planet Sundays at 9pm ET/PT, and includes a trek by Jeremy Wade to the nuclear wastelands of Chernobyl, a trip to Nicaragua, a visit Stateside and more. The two-hour season finale of River Monsters Season 5 airs on a special night, Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day) at 8pm ET/PT, and features Jeremy Wade investigating Loch Ness. That episode will air as part of Animal Planet’s annual Monster Week, which runs May 20-May 27.

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River Monsters host Jeremy Wade: Credit Animal Planet

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