Jon & Kate Ratings Continue to Plummet

Entertainment Aug. 13, 2009 AT 8:37AM
Kate Gosselin and Jon Gosselin Kate Gosselin and Jon Gosselin of TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8" attend Discovery Upfront on April 2, 2009 in New York City. Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Ratings continue to decline for TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8.

Monday's show – in which Jon complained that Kate's yelling is "constantly annoying" – attracted only 3.5 million viewers.

That's down nearly 4 million viewers from the week before and far from the show's record 10.6 million viewers in June (when they announced their separation).

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After they announced their split, experts speculated the show might not survive.

"I don't know if the show can make that new transition [from two parents raising eight kids to one parent raising the children]," said Robert J. Thompson, founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University. "It's like if The Cosby Show, mid-season, suddenly became Married With Children."

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Added Marc Berman, senior television editor at Mediaweek: "Once all of this dies down and Jon and Kate aren't in the news anymore, this could be a problem for the show. They divorce, they move on with their lives and so do the viewers."

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Berman cited Sonny and Cher as an example.

When they split, Cher got her own show; Sonny got his. "It didn't work," Berman told Usmagazine.com. "I'm worried."

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