Everyone was very curious to see what the television ratings would be like for Little People, Big World in the new season five. Let's face it, whether or not there will be a Season 6 will probably depend on what the ratings are like for Season 5.
Just before I get to that, I'll mention that traffic for our blog has been through the roof in recent weeks and months. Monday nights on season 4 used to always generate the most hits to the site, however, even during the hiatus traffic kept increasing. Since season 5 has started it has been bigger than ever. I would say thank you to everybody reading, but nobody associated with our blog makes even one cent off the blog so it doesn't really have an impact ;-) Nah, seriously it is nice to know that the site is so popular, so thank you for reading.
Okay, what we all want to know, the television ratings. To give you a gauage here are some numbers in the past.
LPBW's season 2 premiere was 1.7 million viewers.
LPBW's season 3 premiere shot up to an average of 3 million viewers (those were the episodes regarding Matt Roloff's DUII trial).
In season 4, the highest rated episodes were the ones about Mike Detjen's death. They were around the 2.3 million range.
To give you another idea, Jon and Kate which does better ratings than LPBW, were around the 3 million mark on average before all the scandal and everything went crazy. Jon and Kate's divorce episodes were watched by more than 10 million people.
However, the recent ratings for Jon and Kate are dropping like a bomb. Three weeks ago the ratings were high in the high 1's. Two weeks ago (the same night as LPBW returned for their season opener) Jon and Kate's ratings climbed from that showing, to 2.5 million. This past Monday (Oct 19) Jon and Kate scored 1.966 million viewers.
So how is Little People, Big World and the Roloffs doing thus far in Season 5?
Oct 12 Season premiere:
8 pm "King of His Castle" = 1.864 million viewers,
8:30pm "Last Dance" = 2.198 million viewers
Little People, Big World
8pm "Downhill Dwarf" = 1.766 million viewers
8:30pm "Game Over" = 1.820 million viewers