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MTV's BUCKWILD premiered Thursday night. Did you watch? 

While it's safe to say Senator Joe Manchin probably didn't host a viewing party, a decent amount of people couldn't resist the mudding, dump truck swimming, tire rolling, mattress slinging, and redneck sexy times. BUCKWILD pulled in 2.49 million viewers and a 1.4 rating over its back-to-back premieres.

BUCKWILD's Executive Producer Barry Poznick tweeted

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Comparing premieres, BUCKWILD outperformed Jersey Shore, which debuted to 1.375 million in 2009, by over one million viewers. Whether or not BUCKWILD becomes the ratings juggernaut that was Jersey Shore remains to be seen. 

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Considering BUCKWILD airs in the timeslot once held by Jersey Shore and the media has dubbed the new series the Redneck Jersey Shore, the BUCKWILD / Jersey Shore comparisons are inevitable… much to the cast's dismay.

While promoting the show in NYC, subtitles-necessary Shain and Southern belle Shae ran into TMZ. When asked how BUCKWILD compares to Jersey Shore, Shae said, "We don't [compare]. They're both reality shows. We're both just living our lives, but they're not alike at all."

Shae shot down the same comparison in an interview with Celebuzz, saying, “They’re alike in the sense that they’re both reality shows, but that’s it. We’re just having fun. We’re really unique.”

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“We’re one of a kind!" Shain added. "There ain’t nothing like us.” Once thing is for sure, Shain "ain't paying for no tan."

Shain also explained how the show began. “I was over at a friend’s house and a guy pulled up in this SUV and he gets out, saying, ‘We’re here to make a TV show, and we love your truck. My truck was sitting there, covered in mud. You couldn’t see in the windows or nothing. I said, ‘You got a camera now? Well, get in.’ And I took him back on the ridge – we did some donuts, hit some mud holes, scared him to death – and he loved it.”

Shain's ingenious (albeit too shallow for roof-top jumping) dump truck swimming pool and Shea isn't fazed by criticism:

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