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'Jersey Shore' premiere highest rated for MTV

The cast of the third season of MTV's reality show 'Jersey Shore' is seen in this file photo. (Photo courtesy of mtv.com)

January 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The third season premiere of the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" garnered more than 8 million viewers.

The episode was the most watched series telecast in the cable network's history, MTV announced Friday. According to the network, 8.45 million total viewers tuned in to the show.

The second season was set in Miami.

MTV announced last month that it signed a deal with Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio to star in his own spin-off series.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.