I really dislike the Bates family and am unhappy they will have their own show. They do not have the likeability of the Duggars, and it really turns me off about all of the financial stuff and the hormones to keep the pregnancies. They are such hypocrites! Either you are leaving it in God's hands on whether or not you have a child, or you're not. You can't have it both ways, IMO.
The Duggar's, however, were financially fine before the show. It isn't just the real estate rentals, but Jim Bob also had some land that he sold for a lot of money. On top of that, he owned the car lot before he let Josh have it. They also have insurance through a Christian agency that works by everyone paying into it, and then it covers medical bills for whoever needs it. So, financially, the Duggars have been responsible because Jim Bob grew up very poor and worked his butt off to make sure to provide for his family.
Mr. Bates does not seem to have that same drive and obviously have no problem taking from society and even his children. I am glad that the Bates family will be making money from TLC so that the children will not suffer anymore for the stupidity of their parents.