Once a TV Sensation, ‘Jersey Shore’ Makes Low-Rated Exit

by | December 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM | Jersey Shore, TV News

Kiss it good-bye: Snooki and the rest of the "Jersey Shore" cast said farewell this week (Photo: MTV)

If ratings were any indication (and they usually are), then it was time for “Jersey Shore” to go.

The series’ not-so-grand finale Thursday night on MTV drew 3.1 million viewers, according to various stories on the showbiz Web sites, including this one.

It was a low-key ending for a reality series that was once the most talked-about show on TV. At its height, this show would draw upwards of 9 million viewers per episode — incredible numbers for an “unscripted” reality series on basic cable.

By comparison, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” for example, is considered to be a solid hit on TLC with about 3 million viewers per episode.

But when a show loses two-thirds of its audience, it’s time to call it a day.

Incredibly, “Jersey Shore” was on TV for just about three years — starting in December 2009. But in that short blip of time, its cast members became household names (or nicknames) — Snooki, Pauly D, The Situation, J-Woww, Sammi, Vinny, Ronnie and the rest. The show was derided for the hard-partying, ill-mannered behavior of its protagonists, young Italian-Americans from the New York and New Jersey area who shared a house together on the Jersey shore — in Seaside Heights (one of the communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy).

Watch the cast talk about their favorite and least-favorite moments on the show:

But like a car wreck, viewers could not look away and all that rubber-necking made “Jersey Shore” a TV sensation — and made unlikely celebrities out of its housemates, at least some of whom will continue to have careers in television.

So what happened in the final episode? Among other things, The Situation smashed the show’s iconic Duck phone to smithereens. Here’s a recap we found on-line — courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.