Jon & Kate Ratings Continue to Plummet
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.
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."
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."
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."