Snooki - from 'Jersey Shore' to motherhood: 9 fun facts
While her "Jersey Shore" days with come to an end, as the MTV reality show will air its sixth and final season this October, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi still has plenty to celebrate so far this year.
The 24-year-old is enjoying life as a new mom, having given birth to her and fiance Jionni LaValle's first child, son Lorenzo, on August 26. Days later, she released the first official photos of her baby to People magazine, which features her on its cover on its September 17 issue and marks the first time the prestigious print publication has made Snooki its main story.
She is also continuing her reality TV career with the "Jersey Shore" spin-off, "Snooki & JWOWW," which has been renewed for season 2.
Check out 9 fun facts about Snooki, "Jersey Shore" and her fame
1. The season 1 premiere of "Jersey Shore" in December 2009 was the lowest-rated episode.
The premiere introduced the cast members. Snooki was initially shunned after she became overly intoxicated, hopping into a packed hot tub in her underwear and hit on her co-stars. The episode was watched by more than 1.3 million people. The second episode saw a 30 percent increase and at the peak of the show's popularity, in season 3 in January 2011, "Jersey Shore" was drawing in more than 8.8 million viewers - more than six times as many as the series premiere.
2. Snooki has been featured on the cover of People before - but not as a main subject.
More than 5.2 million viewers tuned in to the second season premiere of "Jersey Shore" in July 2010 and weeks later, Snooki and co-star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino appeared on the cover of People magazine as a sidebar, alongside the subject of the main story - "Bachelorette" star Ali Fedotowsky.
3. The aftermath of Snooki's public intoxication arrest was the highest-rated episode of "Jersey Shore."
In July 2010, while filming season 3 of show, Snooki was booked for public intoxication. She pleaded guilty to interfering with "the public's right to find enjoyment " while acting drunk on a beach. She was fined about $500 and ordered by a judge, who called her a "Lindsay Lohan wannabe," to serve one day of community service.
The episode that showed her being released from jail after her arrest was called "Free Snooki" and aired in January 2011. It was the highest-rated one for "Jersey Shore," with 8.87 viewers and a 4.7 rating among adults between the ages of 18 and 49. The second highest-rated episode aired the following week and was watched by 8.83 million people.
4. ... and helped her land the cover of Rolling Stone.
In March 2011, weeks after "Jersey Shore" reached what would become its ratings peak, Snooki graced the cover of prestigious music magazine Rolling Stone. The picture showed her sitting on a lit, silver rocket, with the words "Snooki's Wild Ride: America's #1 Party Girl" splashed below.
5. Claiming to hook up with Snooki - good for ratings?
"Jersey Shore" saw mostly lower ratings after the "Free Snooki" episode on until the premiere of season 4, which featured the cast in Italy as well as New Jersey and was watched by 8.78 million people. Ratings slowly dropped, then picked up again in August 2011, when MTV aired an episode that showed Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino telling cast members that he hooked up with Snooki.
More than 7.79 million people tuned in to hear his bombshell claim - which Snooki later denied - and the episode earned a 4.2 rating. The "Jersey Shore" episode that aired the following week earned a 4.5 rating and was watching by 8.47 million people.
6. "South Park" paid tribute to Snooki.
In October 2010, the reality star was featured on an episode of the hit animated parody show as a rat-like creature dubbed "a Snooki." It was dressed in a skimpy top and fuzzy slippers and scarfed down pickles and a pina colada as the main cast battled an invasion of "New Jerseyites". In one scene, the people corner the creature and one person says: "That thing is famous? Why?"
Snooki later called her "South Park" adaptation "beyond amazing."
7. Snooki tried to trademark her nickname ... and failed.
In August 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office denied a request from Snooki trademark her nickname, saying it was too similar to an already-trademarked name of a cat in a 2003 children's book called "Adventures of Snooky: Under the Sea."
8. From "Jersey Shore" to the big screen - yes, Snooki starred in a movie.
Snooki made her film acting debut in the comedy "The Three Stooges," which was released in April and also featured several of her "Jersey Shore" co-stars - The Situation, JWoww, Ronnie and Sammy.
9. Snooki's annual payday - $1.6 million.
This figure comes from Parade magazine, which also says the reality star begin her TV career making $45,000 a year from her job on "Jersey Shore." While Snooki's official salary has not been disclosed publicly. TV Guide reported in 2011 that she makes $100,000 per episode. Forbes said in August that her co-star DJ Pauly D makes the same amount and that he and Snooki are paid more than the other cast members.
Snooki also makes money from her apparel brands, including Snooki's Slippers, which includes a baby footwear collection.
Additional reporting by Kristina Lopez.(Pictured above: Snooki appears with her baby on the cover of People magazine's Sept. 17, 2012 issue. / Snooki is seen in a vehicle, on her way to the Seaside Heights home to meet her fellow "Jersey Shore" cast member on episode 1 of the show.)