About 7.6 million viewers tuned in for the season finale of MTV’s runaway hit Jersey Shore, which scored a 7.3 rating in persons 12-34 to become the franchise’s highest-rated closer ever.

MTV used the finale to launch the second season of scripted series The Hard Times of RJ Berger, which posted its highest numbers ever, a 3.2 P12-34 rating and 3.1 million total viewers.