‘Jer­sey Shore’ re­newed de­spite sag­ging rat­ings

The Washington Times Daily - - Television -

MTV has re­newed “Jer­sey Shore” for an­other sea­son, ac­cord­ing to the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter.

De­spite sag­ging rat­ings dur­ing its fifth sea­son, the cable net­work an­nounced Mon­day that it has given the re­al­ity se­ries an­other crack at caus­ing may­hem at the Shore. Pro­duc­tion will be­gin in Sea­side Heights, N.J., this sum­mer. Ac­cord­ing to the an­nounce­ment, all the cast mem­bers will re­turn for sea­son six.

While the rat­ings had been steadily de­creas­ing this sea­son, MTV is com­fort­able with its stand­ing as the No. 1 cable se­ries for view­ers ages 12 to 34 this year, and it’s still the No. 1 se­ries on the net­work. The sea­son av­er­aged a 7.4 rat­ing with that de­mo­graphic and av­er­aged 7.9 mil­lion to­tal view­ers per episode. That’s a slight in­crease over its fourth sea­son, which was taped in Italy and av­er­aged 7.6 mil­lion view­ers.

The net­work likely is bank­ing on viewer in­ter­est in how it will han­dle Ni­cole “Snooki” Polizzi’s preg­nancy and en­gage­ment. Not to men­tion, she and fel­low cast mem­ber Jenni “Jwoww” Far­ley are work­ing on a spinoff. And DJ Pauly Delvec­chio’s spinoff se­ries, “The Pauly D Project,” will pre­miere March 29.

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