Get ready to start packing away the suntan lotion — after six seasons, “Jersey Shore” is going to be coming to an end. MTV made the long-standing rumor finally official on Thursday, and this comes mere days after cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi had her first child.
This move would come as a surprise if you were looking at ratings alone. While the series is now overexposed (thanks to a pair of spin-off shows) and is hardly the animal it once was during its peak in season 3, it was routinely still the most popular show on cable during its Thursday night timeslot. Not only that, but there were nights as recent as earlier this year where it was beating everyone on primetime in its timeslot in the 18-49 demographic.
Really, there are a pair of factors that you can cite as primary reasons for Snooki and company saying goodbye to Seaside Heights:
1. Life changes – It no longer makes sense for MTV to make a show around people partying at the Shore when one of the cast members is a mom, and another one (in Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino) is trying to avoid drinking after a stay in rehab for prescription pill addiction. Pauly D is a successful DJ now, and it really makes no sense for the network to put on a facade and act as though these people are moving on.
2. Cost – Sure, the ratings are huge — but so are the salaries. Some of the top cast members reportedly earned around $150,000 an episode during the taping for season 6, which is more than many actors receive for their work in scripted shows. While the salaries vary from one person to the next, you are ultimately spending almost a million bucks an episode here for just the cast, and this is not factoring in the cost of production and a huge unseen expense — security that makes filming in this crowded area possible.
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