The television ratings for the big premiere of Season 6 of Little People, Big World are in.
Before we get to the ratings for the premiere Sept 6th, let's set the stage with some past ratings.
The premiere of Season 5 Part A, which really had no build up to it, received ratings of 1.864 and 2.198. For the rest of Season 5A, ratings bounced between a high of 2.4 and a low of 1.4
Season 5 Part B's premiere had a rating of 1.213 and 1.394. The rest of Season 5 Part B hovered around 1.1's and 1.2's. The low was a 0.994 rating, but the high for that portion of episodes was the finale featuring the cliffhanger ending; Matt's dramatic collapse that followed many statements from Matt in that episode about his own death -- received a 2.085 rating.
Then, as most people are aware, everything when crazy from there on the internet. Rumors that Matt had a heart attack and had even died. "Matt Roloff heart attack" or "Matt Roloff died"" became a very popular search term and twitter topic on the internet. Entertainment sites that don't usually cover the Roloffs, such as TMZ, did interviews with Matt. It was without doubt, the most media and internet attention the Roloffs had received since Matt's DUII arrest -- the episode about his trial was a ratings winner.
If the cliffhanger hype wasn't enough, the announcement just over a week before the premiere, that Season 6 would be the final season of LPBW again put the Roloffs in the headlines and on all the entertainment sites like Entertainment Tonight.
So with all that attention and the conclusion of the big cliffhanger of Matt's collapse, what would would ratings be like? Internet traffic is not an accurate reflection of TV ratings, but sometimes it can act as a gauge. And on our site, the day after the premiere, Tuesday, we set an all time single day traffic record, more than double our previous high. So I'll confess that I was predicting huge ratings for the premiere -- I thought the 3's were possible (in the range of Matt's DUII trial episodes) considering all the attention Matt's collapse had garnered and at worse I thought mid 2's...
Well, I was wrong...
LPBW: Little Pain, Little Gain 8pm = 1.753 million viewers
LPBW: Everything Must Go 8:30pm = 1.791 million viewers
Count me as surprised. It was lower than the Season 5A premiere and watched by less people than the 5B finale. Better than the 1.1's and 1.2's of most of 5B (except the finale as mentioned), but considering all of the hype and attention it had received, 1.7's seems low.