Jersey Shore returned to Seaside Heights Thursday night for its fifth
season, drawing 7.6 million total viewers.
premiere was down 14% over last August's network-high season four debut (8.8M).
12-34 demo, the season five premiere delivered a 7.2 rating, ranking it as the
most-watched cable telecast of the 2011/12 broadcast season among that demo,
but was also down from the season four debut (8.2).
In addition, the
premiere was the second-most watched series telecast of the season across all
television among 12-34, behind only the premiere of Two and Half Men.