'Jersey Shore' Announces Fourth Season

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- MTV announced that it will begin production for the fourth season of its popular reality series Jersey Shore in spring 2011.

Viacom's ( VIA) MTV plans to film the show in Italy and air the new season later this year.
The 'Jersey Shore' cast heads to Italy for the fourth season of the series.

"While the stateside Jersey Shore locales have become iconic for our audience it's really the constantly evolving dynamic amongst the cast that keep them coming back each season and Europe is a fresh spin on a show that continues to reach new heights for us," MTV programming executive vice president Chris Linn said in a statement.

The show's ratings more than doubled in 2010, rising 119%, ranking it as MTV's most-watched series of of all time among viewers between the ages 12 and 34. Its well-performing programming recently helped MTV close out 2010 with its largest year-over-year ratings gain since 1999.

The third season of Jersey Shore has produced MTV's strongest four series telecasts ever. Its most recent episode, which aired on Jan. 20, ranks as MTV's most watched series ever, with 8.9 million total viewers.

"The cast is headed to the birthplace of the culture they love and live by. We can't wait to see what erupts as a result," Linn said.

--Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.

>To contact the writer of this article, click here: Theresa McCabe.

>To follow the writer on Twitter, go to @TheresaMcCabe.

>To submit a news tip, send an email to: tips@thestreet.com.

Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors and reporters from holding positions in any individual stocks.

More from Stocks

Week Ahead: Trade Fears and Stress Tests Signal More Volatility To Come

Week Ahead: Trade Fears and Stress Tests Signal More Volatility To Come

3 Great Stock Market Sectors Millennials Should Invest In

3 Great Stock Market Sectors Millennials Should Invest In

Why Millennials Are Ditching Stocks for ETFs

Why Millennials Are Ditching Stocks for ETFs

Trump's 'Space Force' Could Launch a $1 Trillion Industry, Morgan Stanley Says

Trump's 'Space Force' Could Launch a $1 Trillion Industry, Morgan Stanley Says

Abiomed Stock Should Rise Some 12% From Here, Piper Jaffray Analyst Says

Abiomed Stock Should Rise Some 12% From Here, Piper Jaffray Analyst Says