TLC Ratings: Actually Up Since Pulling 19 Kids & Counting!

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TLC ratings have shown no noticeable decline after pulling 19 Kids and Counting in May, according to new reports. In fact, they've gone up slightly.

Will that spell doom for the embattled Duggars?

The network bounced back from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's pedophile scandal earlier this year, and now looks to be doing so again.

Nielsen figures show that since the Josh Duggar sex scandal and the removal of 19 Kids and Counting from the air, viewership has risen.

The show has not been canceled, but TLC has shelved all repeats indefinitely and won't let you watch 19 Kids and Counting online either.

The Duggars’ popular reality show has been a staple for the network since its debut in 2008, regularly breaking network ratings records.

The Season 15 premiere on February 17 brought in 3.3 million viewers during a week that saw 447 million total viewers for the network.

On May 19, news broke that Josh Duggar molested five girls back when he was a teenager. By May 21, the Duggars were off the air.

Nielsen ratings for the week ending on May 24 show a slight dip in viewers to 269 million, despite a 19 Kids season finale and marathon.

However, the three subsequent weeks have seen the network register 484 million, 314 million and 427 million total viewers, respectively.

Small sample size for this data? Yes.

Figures all over the place? Also yes.

But still, it's proof that the network's fate is not necessarily tied to the Duggars alone, and is good news for TLC. Jim Bob & Co., less so.

No final decision has been made yet regarding 19 Kids or a possible Jill and Jessa Duggar spinoff, and it may not be made for some time.

If the ratings are hanging tough and keeping the bottom line status quo, TLC may be content to sit tight and see how this all plays out.

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