‘Jersey Shore’ beats GOP debate by a landslide

Alec Jacobs Contributor
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As the candidates vying for the Republican party’s presidential nomination debated Thursday night in Ames, Iowa, the rest of the world was watching.

Watching “Jersey Shore,” that is.

The second episode of the MTV show’s fourth season attracted 7.4 million viewers, more than almost any other network in their time slot, and quite a bit more than the Fox News /Washington Examiner debate. Only 5 million tuned in to watch potential presidential candidates debate, The Washington Post writes. (Bachmann and Pawlenty duke it out during Iowa debate)

Are people already tired of the 2012 election season? Probably not. Ratings for “Jersey Shore” have been steadily increasing since the show debuted four seasons ago, resulting in MTV’s most-watched season premiere in its 30-year history last week, when the guidos and guidettes of New Jersey drew an astounding 8.8 million viewers.