Snooki, The Situation and the rest of the cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore" had a little boost to their beach and tanning-based existence on Thursday.

About 8.4 million viewers tuned in to the reality show's season three premiere, a 62% uptick from the show's season two start.

That's a record number for the "Shore," which averaged 5.2 million when season two began in July, according to Nielsen. Oh, and that's a record number for MTV, as a network.

"Jersey Shore" debuted just over a year ago, in December 2009.

After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.