Animal Planet Mermaids Special Draws 3.6 Million Viewers, Renewed Interest

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 29, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Animal Planet mermaids: The Discovery Channel’s newest special about mermaids drew an average of 3.6 million viewers.

“Mermaids: The New Evidence,” was about new evidence that  Dr. Paul Robertson, former NOAA scientist, and journalist Jon Franke said they found pointing to mermaids possibly existing.

The 3.6 million views was the best in the history of the channel.

Part of the special and last year’s series on mermaids is the allegation that the government has evidence of mermaids but has not told the public.

The government agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last year that “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.” 

The agency put together the statement through existing information because it does not have any current studies of mermaids, spokeswoman Carol Kavanagh told BBC.

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Animal Planet is calling the special and series a success.

“The phenomenon of Mermaids has truly been a watershed – and a watercooler – moment for Animal Planet,” said Animal Planet president Marjorie Kaplan, according to Entertainment Weekly. “These extraordinary television specials have electrified, challenged and entertained television audiences and online fans alike.”


Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.