All news is good news for TLC. The network bounced back from the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo pedophile scandal earlier this year, and now, RadarOnline.com has learned, the Josh Duggar sex confession has only made ratings higher! According to the latest Nielsen figures, TLC saw a jump in viewers after taking 19 Kids & Counting off the air last month. Could this spell doom for the Duggars?
The Duggars' show, 19 Kids & Counting, has been a staple for the network since its debut in 2008, consistently breaking network ratings records. The season premiere on February 17 brought in 3.3 million viewers during a week that saw 447 million total viewers for the network, according to Nielsen ratings.
On May 19, news broke that Josh Duggar had been the focus of an investigation into claims he molested five young women. He admitted to the allegations on May 21, and TLC announced they were pulling all episodes of 19 Kids & Counting off the air.
Nielsen ratings for the week ending on May 24 show a slight dip in viewers to 269 million, despite the fact that the network aired the series finale on May 19, and a 19 Kids & Counting marathon on May 21. And by the next week — the first full week without the show on air — ratings skyrocketed to 484 million!
The week of June 7 and June 14 mellowed out to 314 million and 427 million, respectively, proving that the end of the Duggars would likely have little effect on the company's bottom line.
Though no final decision has been made yet, insiders tell Radar that reports of a potential spinoff focusing on Duggar daughters — and Josh victims — Jessa and Jill are unfounded.
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