March 25, 2011 3:35pm PT by Philiana Ng
'Jersey Shore' Draws Highest-Rated Season Finale Ever
Jersey Shore isn’t slowing down.
MTV's hit reality show delivered its highest-rated season finale Thursday night, drawing a 7.3 rating in the persons 12-34 demographic, up 20 percent from the Season 2 finale. About 7.6 million total viewers tuned in to the telecast. Jersey Shore's third season is the top TV show of the year in the 12-34 demo.
Season to date, Jersey Shore is up 35 percent from its second season average (7.7 vs. 5.7) in the demo and a whopping 196 percent from its first season (7.7 vs. 2.6).
Immediately following, The Hard Times of R.J. Berger's second season debut drew a 3.2 rating in the demo (up 19 percent from the series premiere), with 3.1 million total viewers tuning in.
R.J. Berger continues in its normal time slot beginning Monday at 10 p.m.