‘Jersey Shore’: season 4 opener sets MTV season-premiere record

The numbers were huge.

As just about all of us expected, the season 4 premiere of “Jersey Shore” Thursday night shattered plenty of records — even if it did fall just short of being the most-watched episode in the show’s history by around 100,000 viewers.

According to a new press release, the show brought in a grand total of 8.8 million viewers, which marks the most-watched season premiere ever for an MTV show. It also marked the third-most-watched episode ever for the series itself. (Two episodes from season 3 delivered slightly higher numbers.) When it comes to the network’s desired 12-34 demographic, the adventures of Snooki and The Situation tied the numbers for last year with a 8.2 rating and 6.5 million viewers. (We will have the 18-49 data later in the evening, but expect them to be better than anything else on television Thursday.)

When looking at cable shows across the board, only three non-sports-related telecasts have scored a better viewer count — not bad for a bunch of GTL-loving guys and girls vacationing in Florence, Italy.

Did you think the number would be higher, lower, or right around here?

Photo: MTV

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