MTV’s ‘Buckwild’ Premiere Beats ‘Jersey Shore’ Debut

Its been called “The Jersey Shore Of Appalachia”, but MTV’s Buckwild last night bested its network time slot predecessor. The 10 PM debut of the reality series, about a group of thrill-seeking young adults in small-town West Virginia, pulled in an audience of 2.49 million viewers and a 1.4 rating over its back-to-back episodes Thursday night. That’s more than 1 million more viewers than the 1.375 million who watched the premiere of Jersey Shore in 2009. Of course, Jersey Shore went on to get record ratings for MTV; at one point, in its third season, Jersey Shore had an audience of 9 million as Snooki, Pauly D and the other housemates became national topics of conversation — even attracting kind words from GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Jersey Shore wrapped up its six-season run December 20 with soft ratings.

Last month, even before it debuted, Buckwild attracted some of the controversy common to Jersey Shore when Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-WVa) called on MTV to “put a stop to the travesty called Buckwild.” He said MTV president Stephen Friedman and the networkpreyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior — and now you are profiting from it. That is just wrong.”

Comments (142)

  • I loved this show! It was down and dirty, lowbrow, get down in the mud type stuff, but that’s what America wants, folks. I love the fact that shows by JJ Abrams and other insiders fail while this trashy television wins big. THe people depicted on Buckwild are drunk, nekkid, horny, dirty, unwashed rednecks, and America loves ‘em. Stop trying to program to sophiscates – America today is dumber than a goddam door-nail and this is the type of shit we want. The dumber and hornier the better. What a business, where people trying to do high end programming end up filin’ bankruptcy while the producers of this god-awful garbage earn tens of million of dollars.

    Comment by Jed Clampett — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 5:16pm PST  
    • Thats funniest sh#t i read all day!

      Comment by hahaha — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 5:58pm PST  
    • This isn’t what i want to watch so speak for yourself Mr Clampett. You do realize that middle and high school kids are the one’s that watch this stuff. That’s who it’s designed for and it’s made to corrupt our young people, so when they’re in their 40′s and 50′s there will be actual murders and rapes on live tv and that will be normal and beautiful. Ever read 1984? Oh yeah, there are video cameras in the tv’s now, think about it. Please read a history book instead of watching this crap, thanks.

      Comment by pk — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 6:27pm PST  
      • Umm…. 1984, History?

        Comment by Baegely — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 9:41pm PST  
        • Ain’t that the truth? This what we have devolved to. This is how we get the ‘leaders’ we have. I wait for Jesus’ return.

          Comment by babydriver — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 1:33pm PST  
        • Thats the George Orwell book you dumb@$$

          Comment by John M — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 3:34pm PST  
      • Apparently Mr Clampett’s concept of sarcasm is lost on you. Go hang your head in shame for wasting peoples time with your comment.

        Comment by Brad — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 4:23am PST  
      • His name isn’t Mr. Clampett. Jed Clampett was a character in the Beverly Hillbillies.

        Comment by Andy Joiner — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 6:22am PST  
        • My you are absolutely brilliant Andy!

          Comment by mike hammer — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 12:02pm PST  
      • I don’t watch this show, and I don’t have any intentions of doing so, but I think you are off your rocker. Video cameras in TVs? Can you spell PARANOID?

        Comment by DJ — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 8:00am PST  
      • You can lead a redneck to a library, but you can’t make him read.

        Comment by Billy Bob — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 8:14am PST  
      • Middle and High school students have been doing this stuff behind parents backs starting at age12. Parents have no clue.

        Comment by MadCharles — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 1:27pm PST  
    • If this post is any indication of your sophistication – maybe you belong on the show

      Comment by Joe Snow — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 7:41pm PST  
    • Sorry Pal…this is NOT what Americans want to watch. This is what a few very low class Trailer Trash jackwagons watch. If this is Your cup of tea, You are a moron.

      Comment by J Alan — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 8:02pm PST  
      • follow the money

        Comment by bdoran — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 4:05am PST  
      • It’s called sarcasm you dumb ass

        Comment by Anonymous — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 4:13am PST  
    • I do hope ya’ll realize he was being sarcastic and very funny. Man….

      Comment by Duh — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 8:04pm PST  
      • They most definitely do not realize that.

        Comment by jer — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 9:55pm PST  
        • These people are exactly what Clampett was describing…. morons. The inability to recognize sarcasm is a leading indicator of one’s stupidity.

          Comment by Harry Paratestis — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 7:47am PST  
          • Sheldon (from Big Bang Theory) has difficulty recognizing sarcasm, and he’s highly intelligent.

            Comment by Dave Coleman — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 2:19pm PST  
          • Dave Coleman, ummmm, Big Bang Theory is a television entertainment show, and Sheldon is a character portrayed by an actor who only speaks what a writer has scripted him to say. I hope you are not basing an argument on a fictional televised entertainment program.

            Comment by Bill Hilly — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 3:49pm PST  
      • Some of these idiots replying to my uncle jed’s post are what’s wrong with America today. They don’t understand sarcasm or comedy, take everything, except their votes for president and vice president seriously, and have a serious deficit in reading comprehension. Thank goodness for rednecks because at least they are real and unashamed of it.

        Comment by Jethro — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 6:35am PST  
        • He doesn’t do a very good job conveying the irony implicit in sarcasm nor does he employ most of the more salient characteristics of it like hyperbole. It’s hard to take sarcasm seriously when what you perfectly describe what is going on in this country and just blatantly recognize what others are too stupid to see- their own idiocy.

          What I’m saying is, OP should lrn2sarcasm

          Comment by rusty shackleford — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 11:29am PST  
          • To attempt to analyze comedy makes you the biggest doofus in this thread. And that’s saying something.

            Comment by Wood — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 1:09pm PST  
    • Hey! Duck Dynasty Rules….That’s a fact Jack….

      Comment by Anonymous — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 9:37pm PST  
    • I agree Jed. This kind of basic, crude trash is what America wants to see and in some cases emulate. Those of us who live in the south generally want our guns,ATVs,moonshine,sweet tea and weekends on Lake Lanier watching the GA Bulldogs. We don’t care for nor will we tolerate gun controls pushed by the effete snobs from the cities.

      Tavern on the Green, the NY Times and other “civilized” cultural staples are as unpalatable to us as grits and jowls are to Californians and New Yorkers.

      This show is gonna be a very big hit because the symbolism is bigger than all of us and it’s generally true.

      Comment by Gunluvr — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 12:04am PST  
      • I’m waiting for the urban version, but that one would be called racist.

        Comment by NinjaCville — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 9:54am PST  
        • NO It’s the Baby Mamas show that’s scheduled for the oxegen channel

          Comment by BOATFEET — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST  
    • Well Jed as much as I disagree with your analysis, sadly your right, This Country has become a debauched, and ignorant society that hasn’t the brain capacity of a chimpanzee. No, that is a bad choice of words actually the chimpanzee is smarter.

      Comment by Melvin — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 3:48am PST  
    • So following the logic: Americans love this show because they are “dumber than a Goddam door-nail”; You love this show; ERGO: you are dumber than you-know-what. Join the club.

      Comment by myron_monk — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 7:06am PST  
    • That is why the world is headed down. Find your moral compass!!

      Comment by Anonymous — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 10:11am PST  
    • This product is on MTV, what more needs to be said. The demographics of the network demands this outcome. I don’t watch these programs for the same reason that I don’t play video games, who has the time for such leisure activities.

      Comment by 909 baxter — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 10:54am PST  
    • Yeah, which is why America has descended into a slime pit. No morals, no cares, no work ethic, nothing. Today’s youth are in for a helleva surprise when they grow out of this stupidity.

      Comment by Ed — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 12:30pm PST  
    • Dead on! Dumb ass Americans everywhere.

      Comment by Anonymous — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 1:03pm PST  
    • The show is garbage…

      Comment by kyle — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 1:04am PST  
  • This clearly shows the state of our society. God help us.

    Comment by Marmaduke — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 5:27pm PST  
    • Amen. As a resident of Appalachia and West Virginia I am deeply offended by this trash. Those foul-mouthed twits belong in a mental institution.

      Comment by JJ — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 7:03pm PST  
      • Better take their guns, then.

        Comment by Jimbob — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 10:51pm PST  
        • LOL not when you are taking their critics’ guns too.

          Comment by RR — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 3:48am PST  
        • Ain’t gonna happen.

          Comment by Slick Willie — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 8:15am PST  
  • Great spin on the wording of that release. Sounds like the show was massive promoted and massively unwatched!

    Comment by Spin Dr — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 5:28pm PST  
  • 10 p.m.

    CBS: “Elementary” (11.4 million, 7.1/12)
    ABC: “Scandal” rerun (3.7 million, 2.6/4)
    NBC: “Rock Center with Brian Williams” rerun (3.4 million, 2.4/4)

    Wow. That show really ….. blows

    Comment by JT Hall — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 5:51pm PST  
    • Wish you were right, JT but the networks reach a far larger population. MTV is generally part of a paid cable or satellite package. What that means is that 2.4 million viewers of paid TV is a whole lot of people and probably comparatively more than the abc or nbc number.

      In short, there are a whole lot of idiots out there any way you try to count ‘em.

      Comment by Stugee1 — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 9:00pm PST  
      • Hey! Beat the ‘ED Show’ on MSNBC by 2 million viewers! And Ed Shultz is about as low as you can go…

        Comment by DelroyMonjo — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 1:44am PST  
      • Umm…no you are wrong about that. The numbers are estimates (both for this show and the ones you responded about).

        The correct retort is more along the lines that this show probably costs about 1/10 the amount that an episodic drama like Elementary does.

        Comment by JimS — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 2:50am PST  
      • MTV also has a coveted demographic, which means that even with lower ratings they can still command higher rates for advertising because businesses want to reach the 18-24 year olds more than the demographic of Rock Center.

        Comment by Beth — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 9:03am PST  
  • Senator Manchin’s stupid letter gave this show the publicity it needed. Thanks Joe! You all better redneck-ognize! We rule now!

    Comment by Honey Boo Boo — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 5:53pm PST  
    • Sen. Manchin (D-WV) shouldn’t talk about profiting from “shameful behavior.” His whole campaign and behavior AFTER is shameful. And btw, shame on you WV for falling for his bs. Happy now?

      Comment by Anonymous — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 1:35pm PST  
  • Well when the real world is in the toilet, it is good for the masses to find an escape. It doesn’t require them to use of any grey matter, and that qualifies most of today’s government school educated.

    Comment by skoch — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 6:00pm PST  
    • Amazing to watch the disintegration of America in real-time, isn’t it? The sheeple have no control over their own lives, but through their sheeple-boxes, they can live out the lives of others.

      Comment by AV1611 — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 9:57pm PST  
      • ” but through their sheeple-boxes, they can live out the lives of others.”

        Yeah, they been doin’ that since the Greeks. It’s called entertainment, I think. You know anybody in the entertainment business? I’ve got this great idea…………..

        Comment by LaughingAllTheWayToTheBank — Sunday January 6, 2013 @ 12:17pm PST  
  • MTV is so racist. They only do these shows with white people. They know they could do the same show making blacks or Hispanics look stupid, but they don’t.

    Comment by Mike — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 6:46pm PST  
    • “Washington Heights” featuring Dominicans from New York debuts on MTV next week.

      The “Angry Black Man” is the only role that is cast on “The Real World”.

      VH1, MTV’s sister station shows African Americans acting messy on both Basketball Wives and Love and Hip Hop.

      Your point isn’t valid at all.

      Comment by B- — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 9:58pm PST  
      • I disagree about the “angry black man” being the only role cast on the real world.

        Also cast is the innocent/sheltered/conservative and/or religious white girl from a nice family who will be shocked and then enlightened by their roommates, although some seasons this role is filled by a male. The gay male, which apparently is a type cast that only requires one trait, that of gay, is also preset every season, because apparently MTV thinks that all gay people are essentially the same.

        Comment by Beth — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 9:07am PST  
  • My favorite by far is Bengali in Boots!!!

    Comment by Jacob — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 7:03pm PST  

    Comment by Katie Saria — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 7:03pm PST  
  • As a proud native of WV i was fully prepared to trash this show for its “exploitation” of the people of our state. After watching the pilot, I couldn’t care less where it is filmed, it was entertaining. The characters (yes, it may be reality, but they are characters) are mostly genuine kids enjoying life in a very small town. I found humor in their stupidity, related to their need to enjoy their lives how they know best, and –damn it– I laughed a lot. Please don’t judge their way of life if you’ve never been outside of a city with skyscrapers. Our priorities are vastly different than city life, or even “Shore” life. Enjoy it for what it is and move on to the next non-issue you care to waste your life on. Or better yet, go roll down a hill in giant tire and laugh a little.

    Comment by Justin — Friday January 4, 2013 @ 8:07pm PST  
    • If you find it entertaining to watch young people act like imbeciles, that’s your choice. As to their way of life, if their “priorities” are to grow up ignorant and poor, so be it. It may very well be enjoyable at 19. At 39 or 49, maybe not so much.

      Comment by Paw — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 6:37am PST  
      • Gone are the days when character development was even part of the conversation. It is a race to the bottom, where the bottom feeders are waiting to pay you for your vote.

        Comment by Anonymous — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 1:38pm PST  
    • Unlike suburbanites, my redneck buddies will tell you to your face if they don’t like you. This sort of honesty is sadly lacking in suburban America.

      Comment by NinjaCville — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 10:00am PST  
    • I concur! I grew up in a small farm town back East in the 70′s. We had no entertainment other than what we made, and made it we did! I’ve done the tractor tire down the hill, blew up mail boxes, jumped off of bridges into creeks, in the winter we “borrowed” Exit signs from the 90 to use as sleds, even terrorized an Amish kid or two, but it was fun, it taught us to be resourceful, to look out for one another. We might of drank, and smoked, but we weren’t sticking a needle in our arm, holding up a gas station, killing the kid down the street for his Nike’s, or flat thumbs from playing video games.
      We were bred from good strong farm stock, able to take an injury and shrug it off. We worked in the fields with our parents, putting food on your table, there wasn’t time for a cry session because the day before you injured yourself rolling down a hill in a tire, and fell out half way down, and landed with your legs underneath you. When we played sports, there was a winner, and a looser. Today, every little Johnny gets a trophy, win or lose. These are kids from yesterday, when our country was strong, and the show took me back to my childhood.
      Today, I am living down South, in another country town, and I’m a owner of a small thriving business. I attribute my success in who I am to where I came from. I pay my taxes, volunteer at a local food bank, and still have a flare for fire, shooting and double dawg dares.
      So I say to the haters, why? Have you done better with your kids while they were raised in a daycare in the city, breathing that yummy Petro air, and never learning to have an odd opinion or backbone?

      Comment by HippyChick00062 — Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 10:52am PST  
      • Your so right, never been said better.

        I wish ppl would unerstand that life is getting crazyy
        we dont live in the world that my mother told me about growing up because it HAS CHANGED.

        Comment by R.I.P Shain — Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 10:25am PDT  
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