'19 Kids and Counting' Remains on TLC, Publicity Helps Show's Ratings

Carrie Dedrick | Monday, December 22, 2014

'19 Kids and Counting' Remains on TLC, Publicity Helps Show's Ratings

The Duggar family, stars of the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting” will remain on television despite a gay advocacy group’s push to cancel the show. A petition to cancel “19 Kids and Counting” gained over 185,000 signatures after the family deleted photos of gay couples kissing from their Facebook page. 

The Duggars were accused of “fear-mongering” against homosexuality. 

Advocates of “19 Kids” also launched a counter-petition that read, "The Duggar family's central theme is their pro-life, Christian values and Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children have been outspoken over the years in defending human life from abortion and promoting abstinence education." 

TLC has not commented on the petitions, but the show’s ratings are at an all-time high, prompting most to believe that the show will not be cancelled in the foreseeable future. 

In a statement, father of 19 Jim Bob Duggar said, "We love everybody, but we don't always agree with them. They won't succeed. Our show is the number one show on TLC. We love everybody. It's a small group creating this fuss. All it has done is give us more exposure. We've gained 50,000 Facebook fans last week. God is expanding our borders through the national media." 

Publication date: December 22, 2014