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Jersey Shore has done it again.

The MTV reality show drew 5.5 million viewers Thursday, setting a new series record. Season 2 premiered two weeks ago to 5.3 million viewers, Shore's previous high.

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Last week saw a slight dip to 5.03 million viewers. Perhaps the Ronnie-Sammie "Sweetheart" reunion and subsequent explosion in Thursday's episode boosted viewership. Or maybe it was the failed MVP night, which resulted in the chicken cutlet incident. Grenades!

Shore notched a 5.3 rating in MTV's core 12-34 demographic, edging Fox's So You Think You Can Dance and CBS' Big Brother for the third straight week.

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Meanwhile, Big Brother pulled in 7.9 million total viewers, beating out So You Think You Can Dance's finale, which drew 7.2 million viewers, up 33 percent from last week.