The Duggar Family: The Most Powerful Family on TV?

by at .  Updated at .

The Duggar family is and its hit TLC show 19 Kids and Counting attract millions of viewers and millions of ad dollars to the network that made them stars.

But they've quietly become stars in their own right - quiet in the figurative, under-the-radar sense, not literally with 19 kids - throughout much of America.

The family gets its share of celebrity gossip coverage, especially lately, but not nearly as much as, for example, the Robertsons on Duck Dynasty.

The Duggars are a deeply conservative, religious people who save their first kiss before marriage, yet they've become a bona fide force of nature.

Even in a culture where a Kim Kardashian sex tape launched the so-called First Family of Reality TV, the polar opposite Duggars have thrived.

19 Kids and Counting has developed a very devoted fan base since it debuted in 2008, starting off strong and only growing stronger in ratings.

They even have a spinoff now. A Duggar Leaves Home, in which Amy Duggar goes to Nashville to pursue her singing dreams, kicked off Tuesday.

Besides its millions of viewers and advertising influence, the power of the Duggar name can lo longer be underestimated, even in our nation's capitol.

Conservative lobbying arm Family Research Council recruited the eldest Duggar child, Josh, to move to D.C. with his family to become the executive director. 

In addition to writing multiple books about their lives, the pro-life, pro-gun family members are also popular figures to bring to GOP political rallies.

As audiences flock to the courtship stories of Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard and Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald, the family's influence and popularity grow.

And if Amy’s musical journey continues, that just means that the Duggars have conquered yet another powerful realm of culture: the country music audience.

Either way, it's clear these Duggars aren’t going anywhere.

Show Comments
Tags: ,

Duggar Family Quotes

When you've missed [sex] for seven days, you look forward to it even more! - Michelle Duggar

Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar on saying yes (yes, and more yes) to sex