Teen Mom OG finally returned this week in what was believed to be a much-anticipated season premiere; however, maybe in the midst of a global pandemic, some people just forgot to tune in to watch Amber Portwood & Co. whine about their lives?
Based on the ratings for the Season 8B premiere, that might be the case.
According to Showbuzz Daily, Tuesday’s episode ranked No. 9 in the 18-49 age demographic for all original cable telecasts that night, securing a .39 in demo ratings but only 859,000 viewers. While those are respectable numbers, they pale in comparison to the ratings the show used to get.
In fact, the previous season premiere brought in a way higher demo ratings score and 131,000 more viewers than Tuesday’s episode did. (If you want specifics, the ‘Teen Mom OG’ Season 8A premiere, which aired Monday, June 10, 2019, ranked No. 5, and brought in 990,000 viewers and a demo ratings score of .54.)
Some fans have taken to social media to let MTV know that they are not watching this season, due to the fact that Amber Portwood is still on the show, despite her 2019 domestic battery arrest (and the release of very negative audio recordings of Amber). The Ashley broke the news in September that Viacom had chosen not to fire Amber, and it appears that some loyal viewers are still not happy about that decision.
“@MTV I will not be watching Teen mom og. I don’t support Amber Portwood having a platform after her domestic violence,” one person tweeted in response to a tweet posted to the official ‘Teen Mom’ Twitter account that was promoting the new season.
I won't be watching due to them continuing to air @AmberLPortwood
She is a violent felon who abused another baby daddy on TV while MTV did nothing.
Her nasty azz should be in jail, not on TV.
— TeenaMarietta (@teenamarietta32) March 12, 2020
“I won’t be watching due to them continuing to air @AmberLPortwood,” another wrote in response to the tweet. “She is a violent felon who abused another baby daddy on TV while MTV did nothing. Her nasty azz should be in jail, not on TV.”
“@TeenMom_OG welp… this is the first season I will not be watching. Can’t believe you would have a domestic abuser continue on your show. And she still blames EVERYONE else for her issues,” another person tweeted. “@AmberLPortwood should have been cancelled.”
Tuesday’s premiere was similar to that of the recent number of viewers Teen Mom 2 has attracted — 810,000 and a No. 3 ranking for its Season 9B premiere, which aired on Tuesday, September 10. As The Ashley told you in September, viewership for Season 9B of ‘Teen Mom 2’ dropped slightly following the departure of chaos-creator Jenelle Evans; however, the show had been known to bring in huge ratings in the past.
Neither ‘Teen Mom OG’ nor ‘Teen Mom 2’ have yet to drop consistently as low as Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant, though. That show managed to wrap its second season on Tuesday, February 25 with an episode ranked No. 18, drawing just 470,000 viewers.
‘Teen Mom OG’ airs Tuesdays on MTV. (And, to answer your question: yes, The Ashley will be recapping this season, so stay tuned!)
(Photos: MTV, Twitter)