Whoa. For the first time in a very, very long time the ratings for an episode of Little People, Big World fell below 1 million viewers. A while ago, at one point episodes of LPBW received ratings in the 2's. When ratings dropped for some episodes in Season 5 Part A to 1.4's and 1.5's, Matt Roloff said as long as ratings are over 1 million it's all good. And to some degree he's right. Many cable shows don't get over the 1 million mark (although a lot of the shows that fail to draw that aren't raking in the same amount of money as the Roloff family either), but obviously for LPBW standards ratings hovering below and slightly above 1 million are a big drop and must be considered a disappointment for TLC.
There might not be bigger Kate Gosselin fans than the Roloffs :-) They must be eagerly anticipating the return of Kate to TLC. You have to think that in the past the impressive ratings for LPBW were greatly helped by being the lead in for Jon and Kate Plus 8 and the falling ratings are partly due to not being the lead in for an even more popular show.
The television ratings for this week of Little People, Big World episodes on April 26th were 1.033 and 0.994.
Season 5A averaged 1.8 million viewers with a single episode high of 2.4 --that was the same night as the heavily hyped exclusive interview with Kate Gosselin about the divorce. The episode low for Season 5 Part A was 1.4.
This is the complete list of tv ratings for LPBW season 5B:
April 26th "Field of Schemes" 8pm: 1.033 million viewers
April 26th "War of the World Games" 8:30pm: 0.994 million viewers
April 19th "The Burgermeister's Daughter" 8pm: 1.137 million viewers
April 19th "Vive La Roloff" 8:30pm: 1.316 million viewers
April 12th "Roman Roloffs" 8pm: 1.327 million viewers
April 12th: "Brothers in Bavaria" 8:30pm: 1.359 million viewers
April 5th "Twins Go Commando" 8pm: 1.213 million viewers
April 5th "Amsterdammed" 8:30pm: 1.394 million viewers
Edit to add: Some people are asking for the ratings of some other cable programs this week (some on TLC, some not) to compare. Here are the ratings for some of the other shows this week.
Intervention = 1.538
Hoarders = 1.371
American Pickers =2.983
The Hills = 2.738
WWE Raw = 3.904
Deadliest Catch = 3.506
19 Kids and Counting = 1.001
Swamp Loggers = 2.047
Dog The Bounty Hunter =1.693
South Park = 3.554
MythBusters = 2.107
The Ultimate Fighter = 1.764
LA Ink = 1.839
Little People Big World 8pm = 1.033
Little People Big World 8:30pm =0.994