Kate Plus 8 Ratings Plunge 33 Percent
PHILADELPHIA - The ratings are in for the second installment of “Kate Plus 8” and it is more bad news for Kate Gosselin and her brood.
The ratings for last Sunday’s show were down 33 percent from the series debut in June, with 2.2 million people watching Kate Gosselin battle chickens and berate a soft water softener repairman.
The ratings plunge happened despite another big round of publciity for Kate Gosselin last week.
The first episode of “Kate Plus 8” drew 3.4 million in June 2010.
The numbers will be a big disappointment to TLC, which is banking on Kate Gosselin for two TV series.
In comparison, the last episodes of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” drew 2.1 million viewers in November 2009, after much of America tuned out Jon and Kate Gosselin during their nasty divorce proceedings.
Last May, “Jon & Kate” drew 4.6 million viewers for its May finale and then soared to about 10 million viewers when the couple announced their divorce on the show. But the showed quickly slipped in the ratings last August.
Last Sunday, “Kate Plus 8” failed to beat 13 other cable prime time shows, but it did manage to beat reality shows from Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.
In addition to ratings woes, it is up in the air if the Gosselin sextuplets can continue to appear on “Kate Plus 8."
Local state rep. Tom Murt has formally complained to Pennsylvania attorney general Tom Corbett and child-labor officials that the Gosselin kids lack to proper work permits to appear on TV in Pennsylvania, and can’t do so until they turn seven next year.
Figure 8 Production and the Gosselin family are responsible to make sure all proper filming permits are obtained to film the children in Pennsylvania.
In April 2010, state labor officials admitted the Gosselins didn’t have work permits for their kids when “Jon And Kate Plus 8” but they would not pursue the case if the family and Figure 8 obtained proper permits in the future.
Figure 8 then applied for permits approved by the state, but the permits were for the children to appear on stage in a theatrical play.