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'Jersey Shore' finale breaks ratings records for MTV

January 22, 2010 |  1:03 pm

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The finale of MTV's "Jersey Shore" was, as Snooki might say, big like a gorilla juicehead.

Thursday's season-ending episode -- during which Mike and Snooki finally get together (but not quite) in that hot tub -- delivered 4.8 million viewers. That's almost triple the audience who watched the series premiere on Dec. 3.

It's a fairytale turnaround for the show that debuted mired in controversy for its use of the term "Guido" and stereotypical portrayal of young Italian-Americans.

The reunion special that followed the finale drew another 4 million viewers.

-- Denise Martin

Photo: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. / Credit: MTV

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