Despite that success, investors aren't biting. Shares of Discovery Communications(DISCA), which owns the Discovery Channel and networks like Animal Planet, have flatlined this week.
It's a typical pattern. Shark Week doesn't usually fuel a feeding frenzy among investors. Discovery's stock retreated during Shark Week in three of the last four years.
Discovery shares sank 3.4% after 2012's Shark Week. That was actually an improvement from a 6% tumble in 2011. This happened despite ratings being up both those years. The stock did post a 1% gain last year, but that's mild for the market.
Analysts chalked up the lack of a Shark Week bounce to the fact that Discovery has morphed into a large, global company. Shark Week is just one of many programs televised by the company, which also owns Velocity, Science and has a stake in the Oprah Winfrey Network.
"It's just one week. It's predictable. The Street expects the impact that Shark Week will have on advertising," said Alan Gould, an analyst who covers Discovery at Evercore, an investment banking firm. "If Shark Week didn't work one year or had double or triple the ratings, that would have an impact."
"The second quarter happened to be a pretty darn soft quarter for almost all media advertising except for digital," said Gould.
Shark Week has also become a social media phenomenon. The 2013 event generated 2.6 million tweets as well as 15 U.S. trending topics on Twitter, where Shark Week has its own account with 241,000 followers. This year has been more of the same as Shark Week was a trending topic on Facebook(FB, Tech30) all day on Sunday.
But to move the needle for investors, Discovery might to showcase another animal with a dedicated fanbase. Time for #PandaWeek?
CNNMoney's Cristina Alesci contributed to this report.