How long has Shark Week been on? | The Sun

SHARK Week comes around every year and chronicles the lives of one of the ocean’s apex predators.

The 2022 edition of Shark Week is set to entertain viewers with new content.

How long has Shark Week been on?

Shark Week has been airing on Discovery Channel for over three decades.

It originally premiered on July 17, 1988, and became an instant success for the network.

Since 2010, it has been the longest-running cable television programming event in history and it is broadcast in over 72 countries.

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In 2018, Shark Week had 34.9million viewers and Discovery Channel took the number one network spot for prime time during the annual event.

How did Shark Week come about?

The idea for Shark Week originated at a bar when executives John Hendricks, Clark Bunting, and Steve Cheskin were discussing new program plans for Discovery Channel, according to Executive Producer Brooke Runnette who told The Atlantic.

"And one of them said something like, 'You know what would be awesome? Shark Week!' And somebody in that nexus scribbled it down on a napkin. 

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“You know how that is. An idea in a bar comes from many fathers," Runnette said.

The first show was created and titled Caged in Fear and featured 10 episodes of the ocean’s creature.

Other shows were added to the week's special, including Sharks: Predators or Prey, The Shark Takes a Siesta, and Sharks of a Different Color.

The show went without a host for over 10 years and then began featuring celebrities to present the series.

Shark Week 2022: When does it premiere on Discovery+?

Shark Week is expected to start on Sunday, July 24, 2022,on Discovery+ and last until July 31.

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The 34th season will bring in bigger sharks and bigger findings from teams of scientists and researchers around the world.

The annual tradition first premiered on July 17, 1988, and has since become the longest-running cable television programming event in history.

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