Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lowest TV ratings of the season for Little People, Big World and the Roloff family Sept 27th

This weeks episode of Little People, Big World was the lowest rated of Season 6 thus far, hovering right at the 1.0 mark with 1.069 rating.

The lowest rated LPBW episode of Season 5 Part B was a 0.994. At one time, Little People, Big World used to consistently receive ratings in the 2's and then the high 1's. The single episode low for Season 5 Part A was a 1.4 rating. Shortly after our article about that rating at the time, Matt put the word out that ratings were still swell and everything was good for a cable show as long as it was above 1.0 -- which is true to some degree, however it doesn't take into account the higher production costs (the Roloffs salary, travel budget, etc) of a long-running show like LPBW compared to a newer show when the stars are obviously earning less than the stars of an established show for many years like the Roloffs. Then the ratings for Season 5 Part B slipped further, consistently coming in around the 1.1 or 1.3 mark. A couple of months after Season 5 Part B finished airing, TLC announced that they were cancelling LPBW/that Season 6 would be the last.

For those wondering, mostly because it is heavily advertised on TLC during Little People, Big World, TLC's new show "Sister Wives" drew 2.256 million viewers.


Sept 27
LPBW 8pm - Matt's Massacre = 1.069 million viewers

Sept 20
LPBW 8pm - Camp Roloff = 1.142 million viewers
LPBW 8:30pm - Zach Rides On = 1.362 million viewers

Sept 13
LPBW: 8pm - All Talked out = 1.319 million viewers
LPBW: 8:30pm - On The Road with Matt and Zach = 1.614 million viewers

Sept 6
LPBW: 8pm -Little Pain, Little Gain = 1.753 million viewers

LPBW: 8:30pm - Everything Must Go = 1.791 million viewers

13 comments:

Dana said...

It's a travesty that an immoral show with no values about a man with 3 (or 4??) wives would be on TLC, but they end a good Christian family show like Little People, Big World. Shame on TLC.

Timothy said...

I'm not surprised ratings are tanking. The show got stale a long time ago and it's reaching new lows. The episode last night was a joke.

I think the Roloffs and the on site producers and crew have been going through the motions.

I believe the Roloffs wanted out years ago, but the money was too good so kept signing contracts and would have kept signing until TLC finally pulled the plug.

Like anything in life, when someone does something strictly for the money, the quality goes in the toilet.

Christine said...

Although I think a lot of the demise of the show can't be blamed on the producers or TLC because it's the Roloffs changing and becoming all about the money and fame instead of being real people that us non rich people can identify with, I think a big reason why the shows have sucked in the last season and a half is because of that producer Chris Cardamone guy.

As far as I'm concerned, he's the worst producer in all of reality television.

TLC's top dog executives were sleeping on the job when they allowed this Chris guy to become best friends with the Roloffs. Even I know that you should never let a producer of any documentary type reality show become pals with the people he is supposed to be documenting.

I think "E" needs to do one of those "True Story" programs on the demise of LPBW. What usually happens is the stars get more greedy and demanding and want more control. It's made worse when the main producer in charge is in their back pocket because they're such good friends.

Expressed said...

I still think they haven't used Jeremy as they should have.

But seriously, I think the big reason why the show went down is because of what other people said. You can't do a good reality show and still have a private life. The Roloffs want a private life. I think that's why Matt doesn't want their friends talking to anybody. I think that's why they don't say anything about Jeremy's girlfriends anymore.

Instead they do fake plots that aren't real life.

I would rather have an episode where all they do is have the camera show the walls of the Previa and the twins room so we can read all the real stuff they write. lol. That would be more interesting and more real than the episodes now.

Jim Beem said...

I found it quite striking watching the little video about the skydiving. Jeremy seemed so much more natural, relaxed, and unguarded in that video than he does on the show in general. I think it is true that the Roloffs have become a little guarded and impersonal around the cameras, which takes away some of the "authenticity." This is not a criticism. I bet we all would grow wary of the cameras over time.

Jocelynn said...

Jim, great observation. I that that is very accurate.

It's strange now that I think about it, but I know I'm not alone, but the Roloffs seemed a lot less guarded and more natural in the first and second season.

Thinking about it now, I would think that when it first started that would be when they would be the least natural, needing to go about their lives in front of cameras and crew people they don't know.

But I think the opposite happened. As time went on, probably because they became more aware of criticism, they became more guarded and less natural.

It was around the third season when I remember seeing some scenes where I could see Molly and Jacob in the background, you could catch them sometimes starting to enter the room and then leaving when they saw filming.

I think most people have picked up on how guarded Jeremy is on camera and why so many people think he is a totally different person "in real life" than he is on the show. That probably explains why Jeremy hasn't been in the show very much in the last two seasons.

Jim Beem said...

Jocelynn, thanks.

In watching Jeremy on that video, it was almost like seeing a completely different person. If that was the "real" Jeremy, he seemed to have a nice, outgoing personality. He clearly doesn't feel comfortable letting loose like that on the show.

Perhaps what we have seen with the Roloffs becoming more guarded is just a natural evolution.

Christine said...

Jim and Jocelynn, I agree with you about the Roloffs being guarded, but lets be real about this.

"If that was the "real" Jeremy, he seemed to have a nice, outgoing personality."

It was minutes before and after he was skydiving. For free. Who wouldn't have an outgoing personality in that situation?

My biggest problem with the Roloffs and especially Jeremy, is away from the TLC cameras I think he is a jerk with his friends and his real actions make him a liar compared to what he says for the show.

I hate people that act a certain way in front of cameras for an image and then their real self comes out and they are nasty jerks when they think they are free to do what they want. I think Jeremy is the worst of the Roloffs in that way. He's already been caught being a mean jerk and trashing people many times and being honest it's kind of hard for celebrities to get caught doing that so that Jeremy has been caught as many times as he has shows me what he really is like.

Rap541 said...

"In watching Jeremy on that video, it was almost like seeing a completely different person. If that was the "real" Jeremy, he seemed to have a nice, outgoing personality. He clearly doesn't feel comfortable letting loose like that on the show."

Doesn't seem to have stopped him from doing the show, though. I mean, he is willing to put his discomfort aside to get a pay check. I imagine the classic car collection Jeremy has gives him some comfort. And as a Roloff, didn't he want off the show in November of 2009? Sure seems like Jeremy's days of discomfort in front of the cameras are done. He never has to be on tv again, if it bothers him so.

Judy B said...

Again Jim, well said. It's not a criticism. It would be human nature to be guarded.

When I think of the Roloffs and criticism, Jeremy and Matt get it the most. Jeremy wouldn't be human if he didn't become guarded on camera. I am thinking of a scene last year around the dinner table. Jeremy made some wise crack to Matt about homework, something about having Senioritis. Then he caught himself and said "That was so rebel. So bad. I shouldn't have said that." I think that's an example of how fan criticism have made it tough for the Roloffs to be themselves on camera. As soon as they do something they must be thinking that they're going to be bashed about it on the internet for months or years.

Lynn C said...

I don't know if I agree. Jeremy looked natural when he was in Matt's office watching the screening and afterwards. I think he was just excited after the sky dive. He was like that when they've done fun things on the show.

baxter said...

You phony-baloney "christians" are really good for a laugh (referring to one poster and they know who they are).

I'll bet you watched that "travesty" as you call it, right through to the bitter end, now, didn't you? How else would the plot and how many wives this fellow had be known.

Harry said...

Dana said...
It's a travesty that an immoral show with no values about a man with 3 (or 4??) wives would be on TLC, but they end a good Christian family show like Little People, Big World. Shame on TLC.
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Ha Ha, thanks for the laugh!