Teen Mom OG continues to chug along into its eleventh year on the air; however, the ratings for the long-running MTV have started to become a trainwreck!
The ninth season of ‘Teen Mom OG’ premiered on January 26, featuring original girls Maci Bookout, Catelynn Lowell and Amber Portwood as well as replacement girls Cheyenne Floyd and Mackenzie McKee. So far, four episodes have aired from the season. As The Ashley previously reported, the eighth season of ‘Teen Mom OG’ ended with the worst ratings the show has ever had— until now.
Season 9 got off to a somewhat decent start— with numbers in the mid- to high-600,000s— but they’ve quickly fallen into 500,000s. This marks the first time the show’s ratings have ever fallen so low.
The season premiere on January 26 brought in a respectable 687,000 viewers. From there, though, things began to fall, with the February 2 episode bringing in 656,000 viewers, according to Showbiz Daily.
The third episode of the season was the lowest-rank episode of ‘Teen Mom OG’ ever, with only 541,000 viewers. This week’s episode was up slightly (but still pretty dismal) at 572,000 viewers.
While these numbers aren’t as bad as, say, Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant (which usually brings ratings in the low- to mid-400,000s), they are a huge plummet from where the show once was.
The June 2, 2020 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.
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!
As The Ashley previously reported, the decline in ratings is likely due to the show’s age. However, the last two seasons 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.
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