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Dexter, Jersey Shore Sees Ratings Spike

sg_dexterDexter and Jersey Shore experienced high ratings and provided a strong boost for their respective networks.

ShowTime’s original series hit, Dexter, set a ratings record for the network and earned 2.58 million viewers that tuned into the 9pm ET show. An additional 508,000 watched the repeat later on that night. This was the first time any original ShowTime show drew more than 3 million viewers on a single night. The episode of Dexter also landed the largest audience of any ShowTime telecast since the 1999 Mike Tyson/Orlin Norris fight in Las Vegas, which lasted for only a few seconds.

The total audience for Dexter on Sunday represented a 71-percent increase over last season’s finale. This season’s finale also helped increase viewer-ship for ShowTime’s other original series, Californication, which followed directly after Dexter. It drew 1.1 million.

Over at MTV, their new controversial reality series, Jersey Shore, jumped in the ratings thanks in part to bad press and protests from Italian-American organizations that have denounced the show and demanded its immediate cancellation.

The show drew 2.1 million viewers, up more than 50-percent from its debut a week earlier. An MTV spokesperson said, “We understand that this show is not intended for every audience and depicts just one aspect of youth culture. Our intention was never to stereotype, discriminate, or offend.”

Last week, MTV also had to edit an episode of the show, but it had nothing to do with its controversial look at a group of Italian-Americans. The channel had removed a scene from the next episode of the series showing one of the main cast members on Jersey Shore, Nicole “Nooki” Polizzi being punched in the face. The scene immediately showed up on YouTube and become a viral hit. A statement issued by MTV explained why it had removed the scene, stating that “what happened to Snooki was a crime and obviously extremely disturbing.”

The scene has also been removed from YouTube.

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