The MTV hit reality series "Jersey Shore" continues to skyrocket!  Last Thursday's Season 3 premiere was watched by......8.5 million viewers, making it the highest-rated telecast of any series in MTV's history!

MTV targets 12 -34 year olds...and in that demographic MTV scored an 8.3 rating.

Overall,  "Jersey Shore" was Thursday's 2nd highest rated show among viewers 18-49 yrs old, finishing only behind CBS' "The Big Bang Theory"