Jon & Kate Ratings Continue to Decline

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Jon and Kate Gosselin are losing fans -- fast.

Monday night's episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 shed more than one million viewers from the previous week's audience. The most recent show, which included a visit from the stars of TLC's American Chopper, brought in only 2.9 million viewers.

The previous episode, which aired on June 8, had 4.3 million viewers.

Both of these episodes are drastically down from the TLC reality show's premiere on May 25, which brought in 9.8 million viewers.

The first episode of the fifth season was fueled by ongoing reports of the couple's marital difficulties, which helped make it the series' most watched show of all time -- and it easily beat such highly anticipated network offerings as ABC's Lost season finale.

None of the recent episodes -- including June 1's back-to-back shows, which had 5.5 million and 6 million viewers respectively -- address the controversy currently surrounding the pair.

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