No one cares about Jersey Shore any more

Jersey Shore ends forever in 10 days, on Dec. 20, three years and 17 days after it debuted to controversy and low ratings in 2009. In the NEw York Times today, the cast members reflect on their experience, but they may be the only ones who care.

That’s because the show is back to where it began, at least with its ratings: the episode that aired a week ago Thursday was watched by “only 2.4 million total viewers, barely half as many as the 4.7 million who watched the Season 6 premiere on Oct. 4,” The New York Times reports, adding that the viewership was “the lowest total for the series since the first season, when the Dec. 17, 2009, episode drew 2.5 million.”

Consider that in August 2011, the show debuted to 8.8 million viewers, that’s a pretty huge plunge. More importantly, is anyone talking about the show or its cast in the same way any more? MTV’s decision to cancel the show seems like a smart one.

As it rocketed to popularity, and because of its popularity, the show also became an increasingly inauthentic “farce”, and that’s the opposite of what drew people to it in the first place.

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.

about the writer

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.