Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, TLC’s controversial reality show about a self-proclaimed “redneck” family and their Toddlers and Tiaras daughter, hit another ratings high on Wednesday night. The fourth episode of Honey Boo Boo pulled in just shy of 3 million viewers at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnight ratings, growing 30 percent from last week’s 2.3 million haul.

In the demo, Honey Boo Boo did even better. The half-hour series’ showing among adults 18-49 bested all other cable outings for the night — coverage of the Republican National Convention, included — to pull a 1.3 rating.

Fox News gave the show its closest competition with a 1.2 adults rating in that same time period. On the broadcast networks, Honey Boo Boo bested ABC and CBS’ demo showing for the RNC combined and topped NBC by two tenths of a point. Aggregate coverage of the RNC across networks obviously eclipsed Honey Boo Boo considerably.

Last one to leave this damned country please turn off the lights.



  1. Nate says:

    WHY THE F%^Y ARE WE LISTENING TO RATINGS HOUSES THAT TAKE A SAMPLING OF AMERICANS VIEWING HABITS, MERE HUNDREDS OF OPINIONS THAT SUPPOSEDLY REPRESENT MILLIONS IN VIEWERSHIP????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • noname says:

      It’s obvious that you left off a couple “?”; the question is, WHY?

    • Egon Ruuda says:

      Because people relate, and a lot of people is relegated to living in trailors with the same diet as these fat pigs. It is not mathematical physics to understand that most does not want that life.

  2. orchidcup says:

    By the way, the lights are already off around New Orleans, again.

    I caught a few clips of people being rescued from their flooded homes after being warned to evacuate. Why don’t we let these people drown instead of risking the lives of emergency responders?

    Apparently Louisiana is chock full of Honey Boo Boos.

  3. formeratheist says:

    OK, that’s it. Living in 21st-Century America has finally convinced me that (a) God DOES exist, and (b) he was already a sick bastard BEFORE somebody started supplying him with some really BAD meth.

    PS — The “LEARNING” Channel???????????????????????????

    • orchidcup says:

      Yes, it is The Learning Channel.

      The executives at TLC discovered that television viewers are not famous for learning anything, and their ratings were suffering, which results in low advertiser interest.

      The marketing geniuses discovered that low-brow entertainment appeals to the lowest common denominator of television viewers, and Honey Boo Boo was born to rescue the ratings.

      Now you have learned something.

      • msbpodcast says:

        The best part was how lousy the ratings were, less than 2% of the potential audience

        Most people had better things to do, like work so they can earn some money, since they can’t just print it.

    • pedro says:

      Tell me you didn’t learn something from that program.

      At least we learnt that America has become an episode of the Jerry Springer show and that we have the replacement for Jersey Shore

  4. SchwettyBalls says:

    It’s on the same intelligence level for the viewers.

  5. Sai Kai Lee says:

    What ever happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave? It’s now the land of the neo-con christians, and the home of the morbidly obese, uneducated moran.

    Honestly, I wish the USA only the best, it’s just that I’m paranoid, and seriously fear the worst.

    Bill Nye for President!

    SKL

    • orchidcup says:

      Television skews reality a lot. Only 1 out of 50 Americans is morbidly obese, although there are projections that suggest more than 40% of Americans will be morbidly obese by the year 2030.

      The neo-con Christian uneducated moron is thankfully a minority in this country. They get more attention because they scream louder and they are amusing to the rest of us.

      Don’t be paranoid. We have enough of that in the Republican Party.

  6. GlenBo says:

    I second it for Bill Nye!

  7. spsffan says:

    I watched neither. Fortunately, there was a Dodger game and a Red Sox game on. Though I usually don’t lower myself to baseball on television, both games were orders of magnitude more palatable than the RNC or the fat whores.

  8. generationofswine says:

    And the flip side is, the people watching the RNC thought they were watching “Honey Boo Boo”

    • msbpodcast says:

      Mittenz’ wife is not that wide.

      She does not look like Honey Boo Boo (Or is that fat ugly bitch her mother,]> [I saw neither ir-reality TV show.])

      Honestly, we would do better picking US citizen’s names out of a hat every four years.

      • So what says:

        “Honestly, we would do better picking US citizen’s names out of a hat every four years.”

        So you thing getting people who watch this show put in positions to run the government would be an improvement?

  9. Uncle Patso says:

    http://freep.com/article/20120826/COL01/308260091/Mitch-Albom-This-honey-child-is-a-real-boo-boo

    PS — I agree: The LEARNING Channel????????
    Something similar is happening to the History Channel and almost all the supposed “non-fiction” channels — they all seem to have been taken over by overweight tattooed guys with facial hair and cut-off sleeves. What’s up with that?

  10. Glenn E. says:

    These so-called Tv ratings, only confirm my long standing conviction. That the Nielsen families, are a specially picked breed of morons. Whom the networks can count on to watch and vote for whatever trash they program on television. Most of the time.

    Years ago, I knew someone who got once of those weekly Nielsen diary sheets in the mail. He and his wife, filled it out, and sent it in. They got the one dollar (that’s all they paid back then) for their trouble. And never heard from the Nielsen group again. Apparently my friend didn’t pass the test for adhering to the guidelines of what they should like to watch. That’s why I say the whole rating system is manipulated. And even when it’s not. Networks have been known to flat out ignore the numbers. Like when Gilligan’s Island was canceled, with high rating. The CBS programming chief liked “Gunsmoke”, regardless of its poor ratings.

    I find it hard to believe so many people can’t get enough of “reality Tv”, that they’ll watch anything as lame as “Honey Boo Boo”. Or any of the many other crapola shows on cable. What’s so damb enthralling and compelling about “Jersey Shore”? 100 million American Tv viewing families can’t be that brainless. But I’m sure the Nielsen group can hand pick 1000, that are. And use those loaded ratings to justify the networks choice of programming. “It’s what the viewers want!”

    • orchidcup says:

      Wow. You are right on the money.

      The methodology of Nielsen ratings is secretive and not verifiable by any independent means.

      The same is true of Arbitron ratings in the radio business.

      Arbitron claims to know what audience share is listening to a certain radio station in a certain market at a certain time.

      How does Arbitron know that someone is listening to the morning news on their car radio while commuting to work? The fact is, they don’t know. There is no way for them to know. Yet advertisers pay rates that are based on Arbitron ratings.

  11. Grandpa says:

    But the ones that vote were watching the convention.

    Also, since the Repubs represent about 10% of the population, you can’t expect big numbers watching the convention on TV.

    Viewing habits don’t matter, voting habits do.

  12. Jerry says:

    Honey Boo Boo and her go go juice (red bull/mountain dew) is child abuse. But of course the FCC is out to lunch.

  13. Peterg says:

    I have to wonder sometimes, are TV producers really taking the piss?….but what is really frightening, is that people are watching shows like this.