Tuesday’s episode of Teen Mom OG marked the end of the eighth season of the long-running MTV reality show and, despite the hi-jinks of Amber Portwood, Maci Bookout, Mackenzie McKee, Cheyenne Floyd and Catelynn Lowell, the show’s ratings ended in a dud.
According to ShowBuzz Daily, the June 2 season finale of ‘Teen Mom OG’ garnered only 692,000 viewers. That episode’s ratings were the worst of the season, except for the episode that aired the week before on May 26, which brought in only 644,000 viewers.
As The Ashley previously reported, the Season 8B premiere episode (which aired on March 17) had 859,000 viewers. However, those numbers fell considerably as the season continued airing. In total, only three episodes from Season 8B had over 800,000 viewers, and by May 26, those numbers had dropped into the 600,000’s.
This is a far cry from where the ratings for ‘Teen Mom OG’ used to be. For instance, the ‘Teen Mom OG’ Season 8A premiere, which aired Monday, June 10, 2019, brought in 990,000 viewers and a demo ratings score of 0.54. In its heyday, ‘Teen Mom OG’ was a huge ratings-grabber for MTV. For example, the Season 5A premiere— which aired on May 25, 2015— had a whopping 1,538,000 viewers!
If you go back even more, to when the show was simply called ‘Teen Mom,’ the ratings were even higher. The pilot episode of ‘Teen Mom’— which aired in December 2009— premiered with 2.1 million viewers. By the end of the first season, ratings were at 3.6 million viewers. By the Season 2 finale— which aired in October 2010— the show had an astronomical 5.6 million viewers!
The decline in ratings may be due to the show’s age. (It’s hard to believe but ‘Teen Mom’ has been on the air for over 10 years!) This season in particular may have taken a hit due to the network’s decision to keep Amber on the show, despite her 2019 domestic battery arrest and the aftermath. 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. Some fans took to social media to let MTV know that they are not watching this season, due to the fact that Amber is still on the show.
Over the years, ‘Teen Mom OG’ has fallen in the middle in terms of ratings for the ‘Teen Mom’ franchise shows. Teen Mom 2 has consistently performed better than ‘OG’ and is currently the top-ranked franchise show. However, even ‘Teen Mom 2’ has started to become a bit long in the tooth, with its own ratings dropping into the 700,000-800,000 range consistently.
Coming up the rear is Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant. The show’s second season only snagged about half of the ratings its bigger sisters, ‘TMOG’ and ‘TM2’ do. For instance, the episode that aired on February 18 brought in only 405,000 viewers. The episode from the previous week brought in only 438,000 viewers.
While The Ashley has not heard from her production sources that ‘Teen Mom OG’ will definitely continue for a ninth season, she has been told that the show “almost certainly” will go on. (The Ashley will update this when she hears that the network has made a definite decision.)
Below are the official ratings for ‘Teen Mom OG’ Season 8B:
June 2, 2020 (Season Finale): 692,000
May 26, 2020: 644,000
May 19, 2020: 712,000
May 12, 2020: 769,000
May 5, 2020: 752,000
April 28, 2020: 704,000
April 21, 2020: 837,000
April 14, 2020: 723,000
April 7, 2020: 713,000
March 31, 2020: 743,000
March 24, 2020: 846,000
March 17, 2020 (Season Premiere): 859,000
To read The Ashley’s recaps of this season of ‘Teen Mom OG,’ click here!