August 24, 2011 1:47pm PT by Philiana Ng
'Jersey Shore' to Air Before MTV Video Music Awards
MTV is making sure this year's Video Music Awards will perform in the ratings.
The network is scheduling its biggest hit, Jersey Shore, this Sunday at 7 p.m. as lead-in for its annual music awards show. Following Jersey Shore, MTV will air a live pre-show at 8 p.m. with the VMAs beginning 9-11 p.m. Last year's VMAs, hosted by Chelsea Handler, drew 11.4 million viewers, up 27 percent from 2009.
(The first of the two-part Teen Wolf premiere followed the MTV Movie Awards earlier this year, drawing 2.2 million viewers -- about half of the awards' audience of 4.5 million -- and a 2.1 rating in the 12-34 category.)
Sunday's telecast, titled "And the Wall Won," follows pivotal moments with the cast members as things come to a head between Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro that threatens the balance in the house, with the story about Sorrentino's hospitalization during filming explained.
This Sunday's Jersey Shore will re-air in its normal Thursday time slot on Sept. 1 at 10 p.m. before the return of the aftershow, Jersey Shore After Hours, hosted by Amy Paffrath at 11 p.m.
Selena Gomez will start off the VMAs pre-show as celebrity host, interviewing musicians and stars as they walk the red carpet. Cobra Starship will perform "You Make Me Feel" during the pre-show as well.