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Jersey Shore Scores Biggest Season Premiere Numbers in MTV History

Those who are wishing that Jersey Shore would go away are going to have to wish harder: A total of 8.8 million viewers watched the reality show's Season 4 premiere, making it the biggest season premiere in MTV history...

Rich Juzwiak

Those who are wishing that Jersey Shore would go away are going to have to wish harder: A total of 8.8 million viewers watched the reality show's Season 4 premiere, making it the biggest season premiere in MTV history.

Read our Jersey Shore season premiere recap

While it bested the Season 3 premiere (which nabbed 8.45 million viewers), Jersey Shore's season premiere numbers were not the biggest for a single MTV telecast. That distinction goes to the fourth episode of Season 3 (in which Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was released from jail) — that one had 8.87 million viewers. The following week grabbed 8.83 million, making this Season 4 premiere the third most-watched telecast in MTV history.

Will Number 4 be Jersey Shore's most controversial season?

But hey, given that the Jersey Shore zeitgeist shows no signs of slowing down, there's always room to grow. Jersey Shore occupies the top 14 ratings slots of non-sports shows on cable this year.