September 27, 2012 4:04pm PT by Michael O'Connell
'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' Hits Ratings High With Finale
Congratulations, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, you held a nation's interest for eight consecutive weeks.
TLC's recently renewed unscripted offering, which has topped all other cable nets in adults 18-49 since its Aug. 8 premiere, ended the first part of its freshman run on a high note of 2.8 million viewers.
The one-hour special, "It Is What It Is," pulled the show's highest overnight rating to date -- though it did not reach the previous best in the demo. The episode drew a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49.
Since its premiere, the series starring former Toddlers & Tiaras standout Alana Thompson and her self-described redneck family, Honey Boo Boo has averaged 2.4 million viewers for every episode.
A full second season has not been ordered -- but the network did announce that more episodes would be added to the current run at a later date, and holiday specials are planned for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has become a pop-culture phenomenon,” said TLC GM Amy Winter. “What you see is what you get, and we are excited to share even more of Alana and her family's unbridled hilarity, sincerity and love with our viewers.”
The show currently ranks as TLC's third-highest-rated program of the year, behind Long Island Medium and Breaking Amish, and the cast has responded by seeking more compensation for the work. The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that members of the Thompson clan are seeking $10,000-an-episode payday -- though they're more likely to collect $8,000.