I really think TLC needs to give up on J&K+8 and move straight into production for Jon Minus Nine. Audiences seem to have a dwindling interest in the reality TV family — last night’s back-to-back episodes, the first since the divorce announcement, saw average ratings of 3.6M. While this is a very good number for cable TV in general, it’s a huge dip from the May season opener (9.8M) and June’s “big announcement” episode (10.6M). Audiences loved watching the bickering between Jon & Kate while they were still together, but perhaps it’s less intriguing to watch a broken family attempt to soldier on, especially when TLC doesn’t seem to want to actively involve any of the drama surrounding Jon’s dating life.
Do you think ratings will perk up over the rest of the season, or will Jon & Kate sputter to a close?