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.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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