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May 31st, 2013
07:58 AM ET

Animal Planet scores ratings gold with fake "Mermaids" documentary – John Berman has more on the story

Animal Planet's "Mermaids: The New Evidence" had 3.6 million viewers, making it the highest rated program in the channel's 17-year history.

The show was so convincing, many viewers were left wondering if mermaids are real.

John Berman wonders: Really? He goes into the facts and the myth.

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  1. jbrisby

    I love how CNN thinks that two films released five years apart constitutes a "wave of films like Splash and The Little Mermaid" Quick! Name a third movie about mermaids!

    Oh wait, does Goblet of Fire count?

    Pretty pathetic, CNN. Tabloid journalism: u iz it.

    May 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  2. bataylor

    amazing what people want to believe and can be lead to believe–me included.

    Admitted hoaxes like these are cathartic and good for waking people from thei "faith & belief" sleep

    May 31, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  3. Tango

    Science fiction on Animal Planet...?
    C'mon stick to the factual animals and factual scientific programming.
    I realize Navy sonar testing may be beaching whales, but to wrap a sci-fi premise around a political indictment against the Navy is tacky.

    May 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  4. mdcatdad

    When I read that mermaids are real I almost fell off my unicorn

    May 31, 2013 at 11:42 am | Reply

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