Jersey Shore Remains Number One, While Hurricane Irene Brings in Strong Ratings

It’s another week with Jersey Shore taking hold of the top prime time spot in New York. The popular MTV reality show, now in its fourth season, had an estimated 1.1 million viewers and a 5.3 rating, according to the Nielsen Company.

While the Jersey Shore gang was hanging out in Italy, Hurricane Irene was bearing down on the Jersey Shore.

Every local TV station went non-stop throughout the weekend with storm coverage.

WNBC/Channel 4, had the highest rating (tied for second) among its competitors. A large reason for that can be attributed to three words–Chuck and Sue.

The long-running anchor team of Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons (more than 30 years) was at the helm for coverage Saturday night (596,000/3.0).

WABC/Channel 7, with veteran Bill Ritter and Sade Baderinwa, took fifth place (568,000/2.8) for the Saturday evening 4-segment of Irene.

WNYW/Channel 5, although not on the survey for Saturday coverage, did crack the Top 10 for its regular Ernie Anastos/Dari Alexander 10 p.m. newscast on Thursday (480,000/2.4) and Friday (510,000/2.5) as preparations got underway.

WCBS/Channel 2 anchored by Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson, landed at number 16 (405,000/2.0) for a one-hour portion Saturday night (9-10 p.m.)

More from the Top 10 after the jump

  • *Second                   America’s Got Talent (Wednesday)    WNBC         (615,000/3.0)
  • *Second                   America’s Got Talent (Tuesday)          WNBC         (597,000/3.0)
  • Sixth                                       Royal Pains                                       USA           (552,000/2.7)
  • *Seventh                           Big Bang Theory                                WCBS          (507,000/2.5)
  • *Seventh                       Yankee Baseball (Wed.)                      YES            (504,000/2.5)

The Tuesday night Yankee game versus the Oakland A’s on WWOR/Channel 9 registered an 11th-place finish (449,000/2.2).

ESPN’s pre-season Monday Night Football game (a rout for the New York Giants over the Chicago Bears) was 20th for the week (377,000/1.9).

Photo courtesy of MTV

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