Five million viewers tuned it to see Olympics champion Michael Phelps racing digital sharks on Jul 23, according to a Discovery Channel.
The Shark Week episode, patrician “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White,” showed a Olympian racing opposite a computer-simulated hammerhead, embankment shark and good white. He wore a special wetsuit and a monofin, a far-reaching fin that fit both feet.
The part helped a Discovery Channel turn that night’s most-watched simple wire network. The uncover also reportedly strike new highs with viewers ages 25-54 and women ages 18-49 and 25-54.
The uncover also featured Miami shark consultant Neil Hammerschlag education Phelps on a fish and assisting to figure out competition times formed on a swimming speed of sharks.
The part was not but controversy, however. Some fans voiced beating that Phelps wasn’t racing an tangible shark in a water.
Also, in a end, Phelps lost. According to a Washington Post, a computer-simulated good white shark swam 100 meters in 36.1 seconds, while Phelps took 38.1 seconds.
Shark Week resolved Jul 30 with “Shark School with Michael Phelps,” in that a swimmer schooled a basis about sharks and swam with hammerheads off Bimini Shark Lab in a Bahamas.