Early Start's new website

Head to http://www.cnn.com/shows/early-start for your news.




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.

Posted by
Filed under: A little fun • Myth • TV
soundoff (4 Responses)
  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

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.