MTV's 'Jersey Shore Family Vacation' becomes the most-watched unscripted cable premiere in six years
On Thursday night (April 5), fans waiting to watch the cast of Jersey Shore once again rejoiced as the season premiere of Jersey Shore Family Vacation aired on MTV. Even after five and a half years, it was almost like the cast of the show was still loved as much as they were when it first hit the small screen, as the show became one of the most watched unscripted cable series launch in six years, according to Billboard.
The show's first two episodes aired back to back and averaged a 2.96 score with the 18-34 demo and were able to beat the final season's average which was 2.82 in 2012, according to Nielsen. It managed to average 2.5 million viewers and drew a 1.9 rating in adults 18-34. At the same time, the show was also able to maintain its presence on social media platforms, especially Twitter.
#JSFamilyVacation trending on Twitter in the US for seven hours when the show premiered. The original series ran from 2009-2012 on MTV. The new series featured the return of original housemates Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.
As soon as the episodes aired, fans could not help but express their emotions on Twitter. Some of them could clearly see how all of them had changed over the years. "Snooki went from “where’s the beach” to “where’s my wedding ring” one fan wrote.
While some tried to draw inspiration from the stars as one user wrote, "Snooki being a mother and wife and still being able to party like it's 2009, has inspired me to get my sh*t together and act like the 26-year-old free spirit that I am dammit!" As for others, the love they had for some of them stayed intact even after all these years. "2009 me had a HUGE crush on Vinny, it’s 2018 now and nothing has changed," one user wrote.
Another thing that fans were able to see is how some of them managed to remain the same even though they had a family now. For instance, Snooki did not hesitate to reveal her true identity to the viewers as she said, "I’m basically just a hot mess mom." While Nicole admits how it is important for the moms to have fun.
“Every mom needs to get out. I never drink like this when I’m home. I have a schedule,” she said. "I feel like here I don’t have any responsibilities.”
Even though the show has just come out with two episodes, the network has already renewed the show for a second season.