August 12, 2011 4:16pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
'Jersey Shore' Ratings Dip But Still Beat Republican Debate
Following Jersey Shore’s record breaking season four premiere, the MTV series couldn’t hold on to all 8.8 million viewers from last week.
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Airing its second episode on Thursday, Aug. 11, Jersey Shore pulled in 7.4 mil viewers. The program still remained the evening’s most watched cable broadcast, even besting the GOP debate with 5.053 mil total viewers on Fox News Channel.
Jersey Shore was also the night’s number one show among the 12-34 demographic.
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Within that demo, Shore now holds the top 15 non-sports slots among cable telecasts this year. It was also named one of the top cable shows watched by men in The Hollywood Reporter’s “What Men Watch,” featured in this week’s magazine.
Jersey Shore’s most watched episode still remains a Jan. 20, 2011 telecast in which Snooki was released from jail and Deena met a Ronnie look-a-like, averaging 8.9 mil viewers.
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