'Jersey Shore' breaks another ratings record

10:28 AM PST 08/30/2010 by Etan Vlessing, AP

It's MTV's second-highest rated series in Canada

TORONTO -- The bronze tans, the tantrums, the six-packs: Canadians can't get enough of "Jersey Shore."

MTV's latest hit series is closing in on "The Hills" as its best-ever performing reality show on Canadian TV.

The Aug. 26 episode from the trashy paradise of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, drew 486,000 viewers north of the border, according to BBM Canada data.

That made last Thursday's episode of "Jersey Shore" the second-largest audience for a single episode in MTV's history, behind the season-six finale of "The Hills," which drew 605,000 total viewers on July 13.

"Jersey Shore" has also provided the top-rated video for the CTV online network over the last month, and this season has drawn nearly seven million video views on mtv.ca.

In the U.S., more than 5.3 million viewers tuned into the July 29 premiere -- making it the top telecast of 2010 in the 12 to 34 age group, and MTV's second-highest premiere since 2002's "The Osbournes."

The stars can expect a bigger pay day this season. The Hollywood Reporter estimates Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino will earn $5 million this year thanks to his per-episode salary of $60,000 and multiple endorsement deals.
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