Why Is Discovery's Shark Week So Beloved?

The Discovery Channel's Shark Week is basically the same attack footage, year after year. So why do people tune in—and, even more perplexingly, why is it the most ironically hip, guilty TV pleasure since "The Price Is Right"?
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