Jersey Shore's Second Season: MTV's Best-Ever With 12-34s

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The second season of Jersey Shore is in the books and the Nielsen situation is this: It's MTV best show ever among its broad target demo.
Capped by a 6.1 average for its sophomore season finale on Oct. 22, which marked a 27% bounce over the 4.8 for the final episode of its first campaign, Jersey Shore averaged a 5.7 rating among persons 12 to 34, according to Nielsen data. That marked a 119% rise against its rookie season average of 2.7 with that group.
The Oct. 22 telecast averaged 6.1 million viewers, pushing its second-season average to 5.8 million, a 115% advance over 2.7 million for the reality series' first season.
Overall, Jersey Shore ranked as the top original series in cable among persons 12 to 34 season to date, registering five of the medium's top 10 telecasts thus far in 2010, according to Nielsen. It also stood as Thursday's best show with the demo across all of TV, according to MTV officials.