Keeping Up With the Kardashians seems to be struggling with its ratings at the moment, hinting that the show could soon be taken off the air. Is it possible that the Kardashian siblings are no longer as popular as they once were?
The last time the show received a record number of viewers was in 2009, when Kim Kardashian married her second husband, Kris Humphries. That episode drew in 4.1 million people, but the latest episode drew in just two million. It would either suggest that people are just bored, or people just like to watch weddings.
It may not help that this latest season has been about the lead up to Kim and Kanye West’s big celebrity wedding, but fans know that the wedding will not actually be shown. There are rumors that the two have agreed to a two-episode special for their extravagant European event, so it seems pointless for some to watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Viewers certainly do seem to want a reason to watch the show, instead of just seeing the latest drama going on in the family. Last year saw a spike due to West and Kardashian finding out the gender of their baby, which led to a three million viewership. After that, there was a decline all the way until the end of the season.
Despite Keeping Up With the Kardashians struggling with the ratings, it seems like the show is going to get a 10th season. Kardashian and Bruce Jenner have both implied this, and the show is the most watched out of all those on E! It would seem silly for the network to drop it, even if it just drop below the 1.5 million mark for overall viewers by the end of this season.
The question is whether people really want to see yet another season. Is there anything new to keep watching, or has the family milked it for all it is worth. It is not like all of them will struggle afterwards. Kardashian has her own business—and a rich husband to lean on—while her sisters Kourtney and Khloe have other reality shows and ventures on the cards. Even the Jenner sisters, Kylie and Kendall, have other options at the moment.
It seems like the family need to find a way to get people watching again. They need to give people a reason to tune in, whether it is using the Kardashian-West wedding, or Kourtney’s baby and her drama with boyfriend Scott Disick.
Some of the family members are not worried, even if it does end with its current season. Kim Kardashian recently admitted that her priorities had changed recently. She wants to focus more time on her daughter, and as long as North is OK then everything else is. However, that does not mean she wants the show to end, but that she will be happy with a decision either way. She loves sharing her life with her fans, but it looks like fans do not love seeing it anymore. Keeping Up With the Kardashians is struggling with its ratings, and only time will tell if it can recover.
By Alexandria Ingham