TLC’s Tuesday night lineup of returning series “Kate Plus 8” and new series “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” gave the network a few ratings wins, especially among the younger-skewing demographics.
“Kate Plus 8,” featuring the return of Kate Gosselin to the network with now tween and teenage children, earned a 1.3 in the cable network’s key demographic Women 25-54 and 1.8 million total viewers at 9 p.m.
But, “Kate” shined with younger demo Women 18-49, scoring a 1.4 rating. That represents a double-digit increase over its catch-up special in June. It also ranked No. 2 in its hour against other cable programs in the demo.
“My Big Fat Fabulous life,” which stars 380-pound viral video star Whitney Thore, scored a 1.0 in the channel’s key demo and 1.3 million total viewers at 10 p.m.
In the younger Women 18-49 demo, it earned a higher 1.1., ranking No. 1 against its cable competition in the demo.
Combined, the show premieres gave TLC the No. 2 slot in primetime, topping Bravo and Lifetime in the Women 18-49 and Women 18-34 demos.
For context, TLC aired 30 shows averaging 1 million viewers or more in 2014. And for the first time since 2011, it had at least two series that averaged 3 million viewers or more. Last year, TLC was a top 5 cable network on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday nights with Women 25-54 and on Thursday night with Women 18-49/18-34.