The endless scrutiny of Jon and Kate Gosselin’s marriage probably isn’t doing their relationship any favors, but it was a huge boon for their TV show Monday night.
Nearly 10 million people watched the season premiere of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” on Monday — smashing records for the show and the cable channel that airs it, TLC.
The premiere — which aired after weeks of speculation that the parents of eight kids were on the verge of splitting — drew 9.8 million viewers. That’s more than double the show’s previous high and an all-time record for TLC. The huge audience also set records for the cable channel in adults 18-34 (a 6.3 rating) and women 18-34 (9.1 rating).
“Jon & Kate” was also the most-watched show on all of TV Monday night, beating everything on the broadcast networks as well as all of its cable competition.
The show’s previous high mark was 4.6 million people for the fourth-season finale in March.