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. Dave T says:

    Jeff Ross – “That woman has type 200 diabetes”

  2. Derek says:

    I guess that answers the question of what the Democrats were watching

    • mharry860 says:

      I wish you were joking.

    • mharry860 says:

      If only, you were joking.

    • John says:

      What does this have to do with either democrats or republicans? This is the decay of society and has nothing to do with politics.

      • deowll says:

        The Republicans were watching their convention. That leaves the Democrats and independents to watch Honey Bo Bo.

        What nights are the Democrats on next week? Maybe we can find out if the Republicans love Honey Bo Bo as much as the Democrats do.

  3. pcsmith says:

    The RNC has long ago turned a deaf ear to the American public and choose a Lee Atwater strategy of mobilizing strong voting cultures.

    Congress, both sides, has been hacked and is run as a serfdom supported by well endowed lobbyists of a like mind.

    The average Rebublican is closer to being a libertarian than the GOP platform but is clinging to an anti-dem position.

    • pcsmith says:


      The better analogy for a serfdom is “subservient to” instead of “supported by”.

  4. Gildersleeve says:

    Turn out the lights? Why bother? Those left won’t know how to run the generators anyway.

  5. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Put me down for: “I don’t like them.” //// Not that I wish them any harm and yes my tax dollars should go for their minimum healthcare, food, and shelter when numb nuts there walks into traffic and gets hit.

    You know, this plus reviewing Breitbarts Website as linked by Alfie really is bringing home to me there is a whole other America out there I never come into contact with.

    I’m sad.

    • John says:

      Watch “Into The Abyss”, it’s on Netflix streaming. It’s pretty fascinating.

    • Malcolm in the Middle says:

      “Not that I wish them any harm and yes my tax dollars should go for their minimum healthcare, food, …”

      Interesting, if you read your statement with a slight emphasis on the word “minimum” you sound like a Republican.

      If you read it without the word “minimum”, you would sound like a Democrat.

      As it stands, you sound like a Moderate. That’s the sweet spot.

      What a difference a word can make!

      And I agree there’s a whole other America out there. Most are good folks and know the world is round, but have no clue or care what’s beyond their horizon.

  6. Shubee says:

    “Honey Boo Boo More Popular Than Romney and the RNC.” Yes, there are more Democrats than Republicans.

  7. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Portending the future, Michael Moore predicts Romney is going to win:

    If Romney wins, MM will have been right on the mark. Puke organization winning the Dumbo majority.

    Dumbo’s have always had a lack of backbone and organization and “devotion” if you will. It is very apparent right now with the Pukes being open and express about their voter suppression moves in the toss up States and Obama is doing nothing to counter this. Not enough work on the GROUND from the Dumbos—-and our democracy is lost.

    Ha, ha. Its often said Democracies fail when the people recognize they can vote themselves a welfare state. Here we have the corps doing the same thing.


    • deowll says:

      So if the majority doesn’t vote for your guy Democracy is lost? Four more years of Obama at current spending rates and I’d say the country is either doing a complete financial melt down or on the rim heading into the void so I can’t agree with you.

      Please note I don’t have to consider any other factors to decide he’s taking the nation over the edge into utter disaster. Current spending rates are utterly unsustainable even in the short run and nations tend end up dictatorships after this sort of major disaster. It wouldn’t shock me if the country ended up in three or four pieces.

      • John says:

        The four year meltdown bit aside I pretty much agree. It’s illogical to be spending so much more than you are bringing in.

  8. WTF is up with the comments? says:

    Honey Boo Boo for President 2042!

    • John says:

      Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho will give her a run for her money!

  9. jpfitz says:

    How come the pregnant one is the skinniest?

  10. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Paraphrased: when information is first received, it is believed. Then the area above the eyes processes this info for its credibility. It doesn’t develop the same in everybody.

    …..I kept telling ya: its all mostly genetics.

    • John says:

      So what you’re saying is stupid people tend to be stupid? 😉

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

        The dictionary has a lot of words. Two of them are:

        1. Stupid
        2. Credulous

        I think we all agree that the first one is very genetically based? My link was new information for me that the second one is too.

        Just sharing the good news of revelation to those who are open to it. With links.

        Yea, verily.

        • John says:

          Try harder.

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

          “No try….do.”

          Try to keep up John. Its assumed Republicans will want to watch their Nominating Convention while Dems will not and vice versa thereby opening up the Nielsen Ratings for other surfing.

          Likewise, a linked information piece about how information is processed in us all is not about a tautology of stupid people tend to be stupid. But doing a bit of cross fertilization, it is fair to say that stupid people tend to be Republicans.

          Know what I mean?

  11. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    deowll in an uncharacteristic spurt of engagement says:
    8/31/2012 at 1:14 am

    So if the majority doesn’t vote for your guy Democracy is lost? /// I’d say our democracy is already gone: sold to the Corps. If we would take a hard left, it might be rescued, but I don’t know how far over the falls the barrel can go.

    Four more years of Obama at current spending rates and I’d say the country is either doing a complete financial melt down or on the rim heading into the void so I can’t agree with you. /// We may be there already, so I see us agreeing. What can’t you agree with?

    Please note I don’t have to consider any other factors to decide he’s taking the nation over the edge into utter disaster. Current spending rates are utterly unsustainable even in the short run and nations tend end up dictatorships after this sort of major disaster. /// Without running the numbers–yeah, I agree.

    It wouldn’t shock me if the country ended up in three or four pieces. /// How so? Its rare for countries to break up just because they go thru a huge round of monetary inflation. More often causes the afflicted country to invade its neighbors? ……hmmm USSR did break up but they were a forced union to begin with? We did fight one civil war for unity already.

    Just another reason that anyone serious about financial affairs will issue a 5-10 year budget to outline the big picture. No one does it of course.

  12. anonymous coward says:

    wait a minute…. if her daughter is 17…. and she is 32…. that means…. uh oh…..

  13. orchidcup says:

    It is interesting to observe the decline and fall of the American Empire.

    I have a front row seat.

    I doubt I will live long enough to see the bitter end, but I am thankful to live in the era of the beginning of the end.

    No worries. The Roman Empire dissolved and the world survived.

    This would be a good time to start learning traditional Chinese.

  14. Dallas says:

    Teapublican viewers found Clint Eastwood’s bizarre rambling to a chair as difficult to watch and The History Channel is ‘anti Jesus’.

  15. msbpodcast says:

    That means that the RNC couldn’t even raise the ratings for their own show and that people would sooner watch a un-reality show.

    Politics is now being perceived as a 1%ers activity, divorced from the lives 99%ers as they simply can’t relate to the process anymore.

    We’d get a more representative government picking names out a hat. (We already there’s no IQ test required among the 1% either.)

    • orchidcup says:

      I was having lunch at a restaurant yesterday and there were four teenage girls at the next table with babies.

      They were loudly discussing the problems associated with parenthood. One of them complained that she earned too much income to qualify for federal aid. Another complained that she was still paying off her childbirth because Medicaid or something did not cover all the expenses. Another girl was instructing the others about qualifying for food stamps.

      Are you certain you would prefer to draw names out of a hat?

      The combined I.Q. of all four girls was less than 100 is my guess.

      • John says:

        That’s because they’re fucking teenagers. I was stupid back then too.

  16. Kent says:

    That was too bad, they missed out on the Old Man yelling at the chair!

  17. Mr Diesel says:

    Having judged little retards from inbred families like the Daddy’s Little Hooker show I can tell you the convention was better and I didn’t watch it either.

    • orchidcup says:

      I was too busy reading a good book. What convention are you talking about?

      • Mr Diesel says:

        If you can read a good book (or a bad one for that matter) you are far and away ahead of the inbreds on Daddy’s Little Hooker.

        • orchidcup says:

          I was reading Gangs Of America, The Rise of Corporate Power and the Dismantling of Democracy by Ted Nace.

          I read the original publication in 2005, but a friend loaned me a copy with an updated chapter; So What’s The Alternative?

          I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially Republicans.

          • Kent says:


          • McCullough says:

            I admit I haven’t seen any of the RNC coverage either. I’m proud to say I don’t watch commercial television anymore. I knew it was bad, but really had no idea it was this bad.

  18. Clint Eastwood says:

    Old men yelling at chairs vs. sexually active, obese rednecks.

    Definitely, go with the fapping.

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. SchwettyBalls says:

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

  23. 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!


    • 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.

  24. GlenBo says:

    I second it for Bill Nye!

  25. 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.

  26. 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?

  27. Uncle Patso says:

    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?

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.


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