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Things just keep getting better at the Jersey Shore.

Ratings for the MTV reality series increased to 2.5 million viewers Thursday night. In the adults ages 18-49 demo, the show rocketed 27 percent to a 1.4 rating. Shore also earned a 2.2 rating among women ages 18-34.

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Thursday's episode made headlines days before its premiere, specifically after a clip of cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi getting punched at a bar went viral. MTV later decided to black out the scene.

Jersey Shore — which follows the tanning, fist-pumping and partying ways of eight Italian Americans — debuted to 1.3 million viewers Dec. 4.