Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lowest Television Ratings thus far for the Roloffs and Little People, Big World Dec 14, 2009

The television ratings for the December 14th episode of Little People, Big World -- "Little Americans" - were the lowest ratings thus far in this season of LPBW. Perhaps feeling the effects of the departure on Monday nights of Jon and Kate Plus 8, Little People, Big World drew 1.463 million viewers. The first 1.4 rating for the Roloffs this season. TLC's Cake Boss, which took over Jon and Kate's time slot at 9pm, also had a 1.4 rating.

These are the ratings for each week of Little People, Big World in Season 5.

Dec 14th Little People, Big World (8pm) - 1.463 million viewers

Dec 7th Little People, Big World (8pm) - 1.617 million viewers

Nov 30th Little People, Big World (8pm)- 1.564 million viewers
Nov 30th Little People, Big World (8:30pm)- 1.735 million viewers

Nov 16th Little People, Big World (8pm) = 1.554 million viewers
Nov 16th Little People, Big World (8:30pm) = 1.716 million viewers

Nov 9th Little People Big World (8pm) = 1.573 million viewers
Nov 9th Little People, Big World (8:30pm) = 1.682 million viewers

Nov 2nd Little People, Big World (8pm)- 2.110 million viewers
Nov 2nd Little People, Big World (8:30pm)- 2.410 million viewers

Oct 26th Little People, Big World (8pm) = 1.667 million viewers
Oct 26th Little People, Big World (8:30pm ) = 1.976 million

Oct 19 Little People, Big World 8pm = 1.766 million
Oct 19 Little People, Big World 8:30pm = 1.820 million viewers

Oct 12 Little People, Big World 8pm = 1.864 million
Oct 12 Little People, Big World 8:30pm = 2.198 million


Expressed said...

Told ya.

The Iraq stuff makes for a nice story, but it's not what viewers want.

I wish they would do a 'Jer's bod' episode and promote it all week just so I could prove my point :)

Em said...

Expressed, I hear where you're coming from. Except for a little eye candy here and there, I don't think that's realistic that they would do that.

I know what would get good ratings and it would be closer to reality than anything we've seen yet...a "Jeremy gets drunk" episode. Seriously. People would watch. I know I would :)

Carol said...

Ratings don't always reflect the interest, however it is a sad statement that an emotional and inspirational episode such as "Little Americans" delivers poor ratings.

Sadly, I have a hunch that Expressed might be right, that indeed an episode centering on Jeremy's himbo act would do better than episodes that are actually about dwarfism.

Sheri said...


Calling Jeremy James Roloff a "himbo" is not cute or funny. It's not the first time that you've done this. It's insulting. Quit it. He deserves more respect than that. I understand he is a nice looking young man, but he has a lot more going on in his life than just looks. It is classless for you to name call with "himbo" taunts.

As for the doom about the ratings, there is no danger of cancellation. LPBW will continue as long as the Roloffs are willing to share their lives. They have a loyal core of Christian followers who will not abandon this family. This loyal core puts the Roloffs above many cable shows. Don't be fooled. Just because they aren't reaching the feats they set for themselves in the past, doesn't equate with them doing poorly now.

Rap541 said...

Its also pretty classless for Jeremy and his pals to mock fans who support the show and laugh and laugh about any criticism, but people claiming to know Jeremy (his friends) say he does just that. :)

I've seen Matt say he gets a good laugh at what the fans say. How classy. :)

Anonymous said...

"Loyal core" = "lacking critical thinking"

This loyal fan base appear to be nothing more than mindless zombies.

Disillusioned said...

I thought the "Little Americans" episode was one of the better shows compared to some of the ones shown over the past couple of weeks. At least this one had a good message in it (helping others) unlike some that aimlessly have no meaning like the "dude ranch" episode or the BVI trip. To be honest, it is getting tiresome seeing the Roloffs go on vacations all the time and reading all the comments about Jeremy James Roloff. The last I remembered, the show was about a family and not one particular person but then again, maybe I really am Disillusoned.

By the way, for anyone who is interested, I contacted TLC via twitter and asked how come they are only airing one new LPBW episode per week now and they responded by saying...and this is the exact response from them..."No special reason... just a scheduling decision to have more premieres over more weeks."

I just thought I'd share that for those of you who might be interested or wondering about the same thing.

Amber said...

Thanks Disillusioned. I was wondering, too. I miss seeing two episodes :(

The constant vacations have become tiresome. I wonder how Matt buying 2 Mercedes Benz' will go over with the audience next week.

Kit said...

I could tell you how Matt's purchase goes over with me just seeing the promo, but some posters would immediately brand me a Godless heathen who despises the saint that is Matt, so I won't.

How'd you like the snarky comment by Matt? "Amy thinks being extravagant means buying the extra-thick bacon." Yeah, bet that went over well...

Anne said...

Kit, one of the misconceptions is that God does not forbid His followers from having nice things. He wants his people to be happy and will bless them with gifts. True happiness is from serving God, that's what Believers have to be careful of forgetting, but I don't believe Matt has; we just watched an episode about Matt's efforts in helping a family in need.

Matt has the money to buy a Benz if he wants. He is welcome to reward himself if he wishes. Disliking the purchase screams 'jealousy'. JMO.

Kit said...

Hey, no prob, Anne. Think what you like. Don't care what cars Matt drives - I was looking at it more from Amy's side. Sounds like this was another example of his "I want it, I'm getting it, I don't have to consult my wife, and even if she doesn't like it, I'm getting it anyway" approach. Typical Mattitude.

Whatever. Yawn. Don't think I'll be watching this episode, as I have no interest in following the continuing "How much can Matt and Amy annoy each other?" saga.

Tashapork said...

Anonymous, I consider myself part of the loyal core because I care about the Roloffs and I watch and look forward to every episode. This doesn't mean I agree with everything everybody does, that I don't think things could be done better, or that I worship the Roloffs, but I really don't see myself or the others that post here regularly mindless zombies. If your post was meant as a joke, I apologize.

Anonymous said...

I think when you are all perfect, THEN you can go ahead and judge the Roloffs' for their mistakes. He who has not sinned should throw the first stone. ;)

susan said...

I would like to know why none of the Roloff kids were in the Iraq story. One would think AMY of all people would show off her kids to the other mother. They only mentioned that Molly, Jacob were sleeping upstairs when the family arrived and Jer and Zack were conveniently away. Why! It was school time what kid of trip would they be on; it was just weird! Was Amy embarrassed that her kids might act rude, to they Iraq family. Why was at least Molly and Jacob participating the the dinner that they Iraq made for the Roloffs; that was plain disrespectful of Amy not to have her kids join the dinner. Then when the Iraq Mother asked about Amy’s kids size all she had to show her was a wallet size school picture of Zack were are all the photo she is making memories about.
Then they pretended to make a room upstairs but I remember that room she made up was the one over the garage/barn that Matt’s brother uses to live in. And with all the crap in that house Amy could only make up one bed and put the rest on the floor with few blankets what was that all about~ ever heard of airbeds AMY! or where are the sleeping bags you bought for that Mother's camp out. A quilt on the floor is real American Hospitality! Not to say the least hard for the Iraq kids spine; I don't care if the family comes from a dirt floor house you have the means Show them Comfort! GREEEZS ROLOFFS Amy you did America and LP people proud!

Kit said...

I think if the Roloffs don't want to be analyzed and critiqued, they should stay off television. Matt and Katie G. have one thing in common - to them, ALL publicity is good publicity. Nothing we could say could be worse than our not saying anything at all.

Rap541 said...

Nicely said, Kit.

Anon at 8:46 - Matt Roloff has said many times that he welcomes criticism. Considering how Matt's dad has cast that first stone about how non Christians aren't US citizens in his opinion.... people don't have to sit silent. The Roloff family *judges*.

Guess what? Its still a free country despite the Roloff wishes, so we all get to say what we think.

Anonymous said...

Why do we have to over analyze everything? Maybe the boys really were on a school trip, they have gone on many. Also, if this family came in really late and the kids had school the next day, maybe Amy thought it was more important for them to get their sleep.

Are we really going this deep into something? The kids from Iraq didn't even understand most of what was happening, I'm pretty sure throwing in meeting more people would confuse them even more. Matt even said in the episode that it was a culture shock.

It's really not this big of a deal.

Rap541 said...

Jealous of Matt Roloff? I am blessed in comparison. He may have two or five cars, maybe more. Good for him. I walk normally and without pain, unlike Matt. Not to put too fine a point on it, but while I am not monetarily poor, I'd rather *be* poor and live a long healthy life than have two new mercedes benzes and need a scooter to get from my house to the garage. Oh, and be wheelchair bound.

Honestly, if he's got the cash to buy cars, go to it, Matt. I think the *question* people have is whether the money is there or not, and if he consults his wife about family expenses before he blows the money... and of course if the whole business is true or a put on to create drama.

Lorraine Swanson said...

Maybe as viewers we need to suspend our expecations for marital angst and bratty behavior from children every week. I saw the story about the Salman family as a chance educate myself about dwarfism, the different sides to the Iraq war and disabilities. Watching the Roloffs has made me a much better person. This episode was life affirming. As for losing the lead-in position for Jon and Kate Plus 8, I'm glad those two goofs are finally divorced so they can head into the obscurity they both so well deserve. I used to think Kate was bitch, but seeing Jon's true colors emerge this past year, I can see why Kate had to keep him in line. The Roloffs survived before the Goesslins and their pack of brats, they will survive again. As long as the Roloffs want to continue doing the show, I will be watching.

Kapper said...

I have to agree with 'Susan' as to why none, NONE, of the Roloff kids were present during the Iraq story. I can understand maybe one child being absent, or at the most two, but ALL of them? The more I watch LPBW the more I dislike them. It reminds me of how much I initially loved the Gosselin's in the beginning and then grew disgusted with them...
I don't wish the Roloff's bad; as a matter of fact I wish them well, they have a lot to contend with. But they need to get over themselves and their newfound 'fame'. It's a real turn-off
And quit putting the religious spin on everything. Yeah, we get it, you're 'godly' so that must mean you're better than the rest of us. Sure, whatever....

Kapper said...

TLC should consider doing a spin-off of Russell and the Salman family...now THERE would be a series worth watching

Rap541 said...

Kapper - I had he same thought - maybe not a series but a hour long show. (I think the kids health issues would make a weekly series diffiult)