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Jersey Shore: Snooki’s Drunken Arrest Gets MTV Record Ratings

January 24, 2011 01:00 PM by Paula_Kosowski

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“Snooki’s” drunken arrest may have been a low for the Jersey Shore reality star, but it was a series high for MTV. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s intoxicated adventures brought in record number of viewers. Keep reading to see how the episode stacked up against its competition…

According to Us Magazine, 8.9 million viewers tuned in to watch “Snooki” get arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. The arrest occurred July 30th in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

The website reports the record number of viewers for this episode surpassed a previous record set by the third episode of the show’s third season just a week earlier. 300,000 more viewers tuned in for the fourth episode.

Us Magazine says the show’s ratings were some of the highest for any show in the history of the network.

“Jersey Shore” also did better than most of its competition as well, according to Us Magazine.

Media Life Magazine reports”Jersey Shore’s” total viewers beat NBC’s averages for “30 Rock” and “Outsourced” as well as ABC’s “Private Practice.”

“Jersey Shore” also averaged almost twice as many viewers as CBS’ “The Mentalist” in the 18-49 demo, Media Life reports.

The website says Fox’s “American Idol” was the only show to get more viewers than “Jersey Shore,” but the MTV reality show still did better in the 12-34 demographic, getting 1 million more viewers than “Idol.”

While “Snooki’s” arrest was a hit with viewers, it’s no surprise the reality star didn’t enjoy her time in jail.

“You can’t even contain me,” Snooki said at the time of the arrest. “When I was in there, I was like, ‘Can I come out? I can’t breathe!’ Not a fun place. I will never go back.”

The reality star was sentenced to two days of community service and a fine after pleading guilty to charges of disorderly conduct last September.

“Jersey Shore” airs Thursday nights at 10/9c on MTV.

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