The controversial new MTV reality series “Buckwild” premiered Thursday night with two back-to-back episodes, and despite the negativity surrounding the series, it pulled over one million more viewers than its predecessor “Jersey Shore” did in its debut. In 2009, when “Jersey Shore” hit the air, 1.375 million reality and guido loving viewers tuned in to watch the partying, bad mouthing and drama unfold. On Thursday night, “Buckwild”, which has been named “The Jersey Shore of Appalachia” pulled in a 1.4 rating and an audience over 2.49 million viewers. This is not surprising to me, as the “Jersey Shore” series wrapped up its final season on December 20th, 2012 and many of its viewers probably tuned in to see if they could get the same entertainment experience from “Buckwild”.
It is not certain yet whether “Buckwild” will bring the same fervor and cult-like fan following that “Jersey Shore” brought to MTV, which in its third season had an audience of nine million people tuning in, but “Buckwild” has certainly attracted a lot of attention so far. Before the show even debuted, Sen. Joe Manchin III was furious with the concept, and told MTV to “put a stop to the travesty called Buckwild.” He also said MTV president Stephen Friedman and the network “preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior — and now you are profiting from it. That is just wrong.”
Did you tune in to the series premiere of “Buckwild”? Would you say it is any better…or worse…than “Jersey Shore”?