Record-breaking debut for Jersey Shore’s fourth season: 8.8 million viewers

Jersey Shore‘s popularity remains stronger than ever, as last night’s debut of the MTV reality series’ fourth season broke records, drawing 8.8 million viewers.

MTV said that is “MTV’s third most watched series telecast of all time” and “the biggest audience ever for an MTV season premiere” and “a 4% increase over the” season three premiere. A big chunk of that audience was, surprise, young: 6.5 million viewers among those ages 12 to 34, identical to last season’s first episode.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.