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'Snooki & JWoww' premiere ratings soft

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MTV’s second Jersey Shore spin-off Snooki & JWoww wasn’t expected to come close to the ratings of the mega-hit mothership. But you’d expect the girls to be more competitive, with, for instance, The Pauly D Project.

Snooki & JWoww debuted to 2.4 million viewers Thursday night and a 1.1 in the adult demo (EW.com’s photo recap here), with MTV pointing out the number grows to 4.1 million with repeats. Still, that premiere is going to get compared to the 2.9 million who tuned in for Pauly D’s spinoff last March. Maybe the difference is that Snooks had to self-start at 10 p.m. rather than being blessed with a large Punk’d lead-in? Or perhaps it’s because she’s now so heavily covered in the media, watching JWoww discover her friend is pregnant seems a bit like yesterday’s news? Either way, the numbers are as soft as crocodilly. 

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'Snooki & JWoww': Watch Snooki tell JWoww that she's pregnant -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Best pals — and Jersey Shore castmates — Nicole “Snooki” and Jenni “JWoww” Farley have seen some ups and downs in their reality TV life together. There’s been peeing behind bars. There’s been punches thrown. Now, there’s a pregnancy.

In their new spin-off, Snooki & JWoww, which premieres Thursday at 10pm on MTV, the pair move into a Jersey City apartment together, thinking it will be their last hurrah before settling down with their respective men. But Snooks throws a curveball when she tells JWoww that not only is she engaged… but preggers too!

EW has the exclusive clip of Snooki breaking the news to her girlfriend and JWoww’s surprising response.

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Snooki on how her pregnancy will affect her new spin-off and the next season of 'Jersey Shore'

Her baby bump may be keeping her from drinking and partying, but it’s certainly not going to dampen the drama on Snooki’s new MTV spin-off series, Snooki & JWoww, which premieres this summer.

“We’re nut-jobs sober,” the Jersey Shore star told reporters at a pre-MTV Upfront event Thursday afternoon. “When we’re drunk, we’re actually normal people.” Pal Jwoww added: “When I’m drunk, I’m kind of calm.”

Snooki also confirmed that her fiance Jionni will be a major presence on the show and teased plenty of relationship-related drama.

As for her how pregnancy will affect the next season of Jersey Shore, which is slated to pick back up in Seaside, New Jersey…well, you can expect the former party girl to sit out the crazy nights at Karma.

“As of this point, I have no interest in going to a club or anything because my life is totally changing, and I’ve been going to the clubs since I was like 10, so I’m over it,” Snooki said. “Usually Jersey Shore you party and go crazy, because it’s summer, but this time around it’s just like, normal everyday life for me.”

Though the reality star isn’t expecting her roommates to give up fist-pumping into the wee hours of the night (“Just because I’m pregnant doesn’t mean everyone has to be with me.”), co-star Pauly D said her pregnancy will certainly impact how he treats her on the show.

“I’m definitely going to be a little more protective over her than I normally am,” said Pauly, who added he’s ready and willing to babysit. “We’re all going to take a part in this baby, I think. We’re all having it. It’s the first Jersey Shore baby, and she’s been with us since day one and we’ve seen everything she went through, and we see how happy she is now so we’re happy for her.”

But will viewers get to partake in the baby fun if the show gets picked up for a seventh season? Snooki says she’s not sure yet, but seemed to leave the door open.

“I mean, I go down to the Shore every summer anyway, so we’ll see,” she said.

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'Punk'd,' 'Pauly D' ratings strong, but no 'Shore'

MTV’s revival of Punk’d and the debut of its first Jersey Shore spin-off launched to strong numbers Thursday night, though fell shy of the standards set by hits like Shore and the Teen Mom franchise.

Punk’d delivered 3.2 million viewers at 10 p.m., while Pauly D had 2.9 million viewers. Both were the night’s top show in MTV’s target 12-34 year-old demographic. By (perhaps unfair) comparison, Teen Mom has clocked 4 million viewers and Thursday night mainstay Shore has delivered over 8 million.

There will be a 'Jersey Shore' season 6 with the entire cast... including pregnant Snooki

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We all knew there would be a sixth season of Jersey Shore. Even though the ratings have declined over the last two seasons — seasons which were mainly memorable for their ongoing portrait of The Situation’s transformation from John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever into Daniel Day-Lewis at the end of There Will Be Blood — the show remains one of MTV’s biggest hits ever. But in the wake of Snooki’s announcement about her impending pregnancy (and nuptials), it seemed unlikely that the whole cast would be back for another go-round. However, MTV announced today that season 6 of Jersey Shore will commence filming this summer in Seaside Heights… and everyone will be back. “MTV gets ready for fist pumps and baby bumps,” says a press release, noting that “America’s favorite housemates will all return … and the house dynamic is headed into unchartered territory.” READ FULL STORY

Pauly D's 'Jersey Shore' spin-off to premiere after 'Punk'd' -- EXCLUSIVE

The man who believes his face should be in the dictionary next to the phrase ‘too much swag’ is about to get his chance to shine: MTV will premiere Pauly D’s Jersey Shore spin-off, appropriately titled The Pauly D Project, on March 29 at 10:30 p.m. The series will take viewers away from Seaside Heights as Mr. Delvecchio pursues his DJ dreams, scoring a record contract with 50 Cent’s G-Note Records and opening for Britney Spears on her “Femme Fatale” tour, all while palling around with his closest friends from his home state of Rhode Island. READ FULL STORY

'Jersey Shore' exclusive clip: Snooki gets pranked

Quick, what’s your favorite drinking game? Kings Cup? Blow My Deck? Sink the Lusitania? Being a Writer? On tonight’s episode of Jersey Shore, the Low Self-Esteem Gang plays a hearty round of Warm Beer. “It’s a concentration game,” explains J-Woww, although that’s only a half truth. Warm Beer is actually an opportunity to prank an unsuspecting player… Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

'Jersey Shore': Snooki's got a surprise for Jionni! -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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We all know the canon of iconic Jersey Shore articles of clothing. There’s Pauly D’s Stalker-Gift Jewish Girl T-Shirt, and Ron-Ron’s Perpetually Askew Cap, and surely you haven’t forgotten Deena’s Malfunctioning Bikini. The new episode of Jersey Shore hopes to add to that list. Snooki wants to celebrate her reunion with her boyfriend, Jionni. So she gets a very special custom-made set of panties. Check out an exclusive clip below — the new episode airs tomorrow. READ FULL STORY

'Jersey Shore' star The Situation to guest star on 'Suburgatory'

The Situation is coming to a Surburgatory near you: Jersey Show star Mike Sorrentino will play himself on an episode of the freshman ABC comedy, EW has confirmed. (E! Online first reported the news.)

Look for the Situation to serve as DJ at a Chatswin High School dance and urge Tessa (Jane Levy) to engage in some fist-pumping. The episode will air in early 2012.

'Jersey Shore' sets season 5 premiere date -- VIDEO

The Jersey Shore gang’s return to Seaside now has a premiere date.

The MTV hit will return to its roots on Jan. 5 in its usual Thursdays at 10 p.m. time slot. Last season in Italy averaged an incredible 9.4 million viewers, including those who watched DVR. The audience declined for the first time, however, for the season finale. (More on that here.) Will a return to Jersey resume the show’s amazing ratings Karma?

Here’s a video preview of season five where Paulie has a tanning accident (hey, it’s that kind of show): READ FULL STORY

Are you bored of 'Jersey Shore'? Season 4 finale ratings down for first time

As the Jersey Shore cast wrapped its drunken scream-filled vacation in Italy, the show’s ratings concluded lower than the previous season for the first time.

Shore delivered 6.6 million viewers for its season 4 finale, down 13 percent from season 3’s closer. That downturn is despite the season launching higher than ever, with a spectacular 8.8 million blowout that was MTV’s most-watched series premiere ever. So far Shore finales have clocked 4.8 million for season one, 6.1 million for season two, 7.6 million for season three and, now, reversing down to 6.6 million.

So the Italy adventure began more popular than ever, yet the finale dipped for the first time. Why?

Fans of the show can probably give a few reasons: READ FULL STORY

'Jersey Shore' star to appear on '90210'

A little bit of the Jersey Shore will come to the CW’s 90210 this autumn. EW has learned that Vinny Guadagnino has been cast in an episode that will air in November.

Guadagnino will portray a celebrity who plays in a high stakes poker game with Liam (Matt Lanter) when the cast heads to Las Vegas. He won’t play himself, however: He’ll depict a “young and gregarious” celebrity who “enjoys the fruits of fame.” Earlier this month, the show put out a search for a celeb who “could be anybody from an upcoming movie star to a well-known reality TV personality.”

90210 wanted casting agents to submit well-known names only — thus, the arrival of Vinny!

Thrilled to see an MTV reality star on the CW?

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VMA ratings: Biggest MTV audience ever

Lady Gaga is going to have to host the show next year to top this. MTV’s annual Video Music Awards just scored its biggest audience ever last night — 12.4 million viewers.

Not only are those record-setting numbers for the VMAs, but last night’s show was also the most-watched single telecast in MTV’s history. The viewership is up 9 percent from last year’s show and stands as the most-watched non-sports cable telecast of the year (VMA winners and losers here).

UPDATE: Jersey Shore, which served as a lead in (recap here), netted a good — but not record setting — 8 million viewers. The pilot preview of I Want My Pants Back (exclusive trailer here) landed 5.1 million viewers after the show — though quite a drop off from the VMAs, that’s still a strong sampling for MTV, especially for a scripted show. The comedy is set to debut Jan. 2012.

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