The Discovery Channel launched "Shark Week" on Sunday night with a FAKE documentary called "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives", about a huge, 70-foot prehistoric shark . . . that suddenly showed up this past April.
Some scientists believe the Megalodon DID exist at one point, but that it's been extinct for one- to two MILLION years. Obviously, the documentary about it being spotted earlier this year was just as fake as Animal Planet's staged mermaid "documentaries."
The Discovery Channel's Facebook page was LIT UP yesterday with people ANGRILY complaining about "Megalodon", and their decision to waste everyone's time with an elaborate HOAX.
Nonetheless, Discovery appears to have got the last laugh. The network hasn't directly responded to all the hate, but they did announce that the special was the highest-rated telecast in the 26-year history of "Shark Week."
An estimated 4.8 million viewers tuned in . . . and 2.1 million viewers stuck around for the bizarre post-special talk show, "Shark After Dark". Comedian JOSH WOLF hosted the after-show, which also featured DOMINIC MONAGHAN from "Lost".
Also, on social media, #Megalodon and #SharkAfterDark trended worldwide on Twitter, and SharkWeek.com got more than 1.5 million hits on Sunday alone, which is a 53% increase from last year.