The ratings for last night's episode are in, and TVbythenumbers.com is reporting 6.723 million people tuned in to watch Angelina's Miami implosion, including a series high in the coveted 18-49 demographic.
As far as total viewers, it trounced the cable competition, and here are the network series it managed to attract more viewers than:
"The Vampire Diaries"
Another million sets of eyeballs, and you could have added "Private Practice" and "The Office" to this list. I'll admit, I was waiting for fall TV to spell doom for the little MTV moneymaking engine that could to falter. And after an underperforming hour preceding the VMAs (admittedly, it could have been chalked up to no one knowing it was on that night) and an episode last week that dipped below 6 million viewers, I was hoping ... er, looking for further erosion this week.
But like the cockroach lodged in a patient's ear on "House" this morning, "Jersey Shore" will not die. Maybe because its stars are so pickled most of the time they're immune from such things as good taste and discriminating viewing choices.
(That's not fair; last night the free flow of alcohol was at a minimum. I suppose it's just good ol' fashioned reality voyeurism.)
At any rate, I'm calling it now: The end of the season will find the series attracting close to 10 million viewers. You watch. It'll happen. And if it doesn't, well, it's not as if I'm the Magic 8 Ball.
Speaking of which, no Magic 8 Ball question of the week so far, and for good reason: It's still on vacation. Which is code for I lost it, and as soon as I find it, you'll get the question and 8 Ball's answer (still batting 1.000, the 8 Ball is, I should point out).
Come back tomorrow for the weekly poll. In the meantime, did you think "Jersey Shore" could sustain its popularity once other new TV returned? Let me know.