'Hills' thrills with record viewership


"The Hills" are really alive, with the MTV reality show drawing its biggest audience ever Monday night.

The 10-11 p.m. episode, which was the first of Season 3's eight "bonus" episodes, averaged 4.8 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That marks the series' biggest viewership ever for a single episode, besting what originally was supposed to be the third-season finale in December (4.7 million viewers).

"Hills" also posted a 5.0 rating in the network's target demo of persons 12-34, another series high, and a 37% increase over the third-season premiere. "Hills" also was Monday's most-watched primetime program in all of TV in the demo.

On Tuesday, in its first full day live on MTV.com, the new "Hills" episode delivered 1.8 million streams, up 29% from the day after Season 3's premiere episode.

In other MTV news, the network said Tuesday that 28 million votes have been tallied since Thursday from viewers voting for the winner of "Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew" and that "Dance Crew" content on MTV.com generated 1 million streams in the first 24 hours after Thursday's episode.

The live season finale of the show — from Warner Horizon TV, Tenth Planet Prods., Hip Hop International, Bayonne Entertainment and Dream Merchant 21 — airs at 10 tonight.