Remember last month when Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie attracted five times as many viewers as Syfy’s Sharknado! but, sadly, Damon Lindelof did not live-tweet the TBM premiere so the press largely declined to live-hyperventilate as it was premiering?
Well, Nielsen today reported the audience for TBM has swelled by more than 5 million viewers, bringing its Live+7 audience to 13.530 million viewers. That makes it the No. 2 most watched movie in cable TV history, behind only – you know it’s coming – High School Musical 2. HSM2 has an apparently unstoppable Live+7 tally of 18.639 million viewers. To put this in perspective, the most watched non-Disney Channel cable movie ever, TNT’s 2001 Tom Selleck western Crossfire Trail, based on the 1954 Louis L’Amour novel, averaged 12.519 million viewers.