Jersey Shore returns with ratings muscle

Snooki from Jersey Shore in 2009 and 2018

MTV's "Jersey Shore Family Vacation" debuted Thursday and while it's been almost six years since the gang said farewell, not much has changed.

Of course, those numbers don't come near Jersey Shore -a parade of twentysomething debauchery that stretched out across New Jersey, Florida, and Italy - at the height of its dominance in 2011, when this reality series could pull in 8 million-plus viewers per episode. "She hugged me ... and she like whispered in my ear and she's like, 'Oh no, I just peed'". (The doll also donned a shirt that says "I'm in a really good place", Sammi's justification for not doing the show).

"Any fans that are like that, it's just a blessing".

The reality star, who famously headed home for a break from his Jersey Shore roommates during filming 2012 over struggles with anxiety, also says he's learned a lot about himself and has found new ways to cope since then.

One notable revision is the cast itself.

"Jersey Shore: Family Vacation" brought back most of the original group that spawned countless quotes and memes. Days after Giancola took to her Instagram page to confirm that she would not be a part of the show due to her desire to focus on "business and relationship", Magro suggested she simply didn't care about her former co-stars.

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Pauly D made light of the situation by introducing a life-size doll created to resemble Sammi. "I love her dearly, but yeah, she should have came on", she said. Deena said she didn't think Sam "wanted to relive the Ronnie-Sam stuff", so she opted out of the vacay. Having a Season 2 is just insane.

And while there's no bad blood between the two, Farley made sure to make her point known.

Pauly admitted he didn't give Sammi a heads up about his doll prank, saying, "I'm hoping she'll still be friends with me!" "We're not, like, killing anybody and I want my kids to party and not be judgey when they're older". So I thought that was disappointing so I just want to like clarify that.

After Haqq and Magro's split, she told People that, "Ronnie and I are really, truly opposites". Yes, we have a show. While the series at its peak got close to nearly 9 million viewers for a single episode, that was back when there wasn't as much competition from streaming services and with that, less for viewers to watch.

In addition to being back on the show, Ortiz-Magro welcomed his first child, a daughter, with girlfriend Jen Harley earlier this month.

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