While the original "Sharknado" took a surprising bite out of Twitter, last night's premiere of the sequel turned the social media network into a downright buffet. 

According to early numbers just released by the SyFy Channel, "Sharknado 2" recorded a staggering one billion Twitter mentions last night - becoming the "most social television movie" ever. At one point, the show even held all top 10 trending topics in the United States.

In addition to trumping social media, the movie also surged in the TV ratings over the original, with over 3.9 million viewers - including 1.6 million in the coveted 18-49 demographic. That was good enough to make it the channel’s most watched original movie ever. 

All of this boils down to "Sharknado" now becoming a firmly-entrenched franchise - and with SyFy having already greenlit a sequel for next summer, expect airborne sharks to become a celebrated part of July for years to come.

"I'm just as stunned as everyone else," Sharknado star Tara Reid told HLN earlier this year. "Come on, I did it as a joke! I didn't even think anyone was going to see it. And then what happened has never happened before on any movie. Even now, you thought the buzz was going to stop about Sharknado, but it just keeps going."

Check out the trailer below. 

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'Sharknado 2' premiere generated one billion Twitter impressions
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