January 7th, 2011
04:50 PM ET
Three seasons in, and we’re definitely still watching “Jersey Shore.”
Last night’s premiere of the MTV reality show drew 8.45 million viewers, making the start of season three MTV's most-watched series telecast ever.
The premiere also delivered more young viewers – ages 12 to 34 – than any other broadcast or cable show this season, excluding sports programming.
And compared to season two’s debut – which also set a record when it premiered last July with 5.3 million watching - the ratings for the third season’s opener were up by 63 percent in the 12-34 demo.
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