Sister Wives celeb Kody Brown is the driving force behind the Sister Wives series, which successfully aired a decade of seasons. Now with Sister Wives Season 15 on the way, what changes, if any will TLC make?
Sister Wives: Kody Brown Prevails Despite TLC Roadblocks
It’s not been a smooth road for Kody Brown and his four brides. No, the Sister Wives series was canceled once and then moved to a much later time slot. The TLC reality series featuring this polygamous family originally found themselves in the much-coveted 8 pm time slot. A prime-time dream for any show looking for success.
After Season 11 the rating dip apparently caused enough concern for TLC to put the series Sister Wives on the chopping block. The story goes, the father of 18 fought tooth and nail to keep the show on the screen.
With money as ammunition, Kody Brown won the battle and the Sister Wives series continued. What he finally settled on is probably unheard of in reality show negotiations. But this is Kody Brown and he marches to the beat of his own drummer.
Finagle the Family Finances
A desperate Sister Wives patriarch took a massive dip in salary for another chance to get his show back up on TLC. Reportedly each adult received a salary just short of $200,000 per season. Kody offered to knock off four of those paychecks and take just one salary of $180,000 for Season 12.
Up until this point, that’s what just one of the Sister Wives adults reportedly took in for a salary. So, Kody not only got another season but apparently four more, as number 15 is about to roll out soon.
While that presented as a major roadblock, this hubby of four worked through it. Next, the family from this plural marriage found themselves closer to late-night TV instead of their original time slot. They traditionally aired right smack dab at the beginning of prime-time, 8 pm. But then TLC moved the series a few hours later.
Sister Wives: 10 PM Is Late For Some Folks
Last season when the Sister Wives official renewal announcement popped up, fans immediately saw something different. Instead of their original 8 pm time slot, they found themselves pushed to the 10 pm hour. While it’s still considered prime-time, it’s late for a family show.
The chatter started that this time change was the start of the series demise. Fans griped that the show was on too late. Others said they’d be fast asleep before Kody Brown appeared on the screen.
But… one of the most successful reality shows ever to grace the TLC screen came on before Kody’s Sister Wives show. His series followed the top-rated 90 Day Fiance. But it didn’t seem to hinder the viewer numbers.
Maybe the dedicated fans didn’t care what time they watched them. Or possibly the crowd for 90 Days Fiance stuck around to check out Kody and his clan. But this time change seemed to work as they gathered a good size audience.
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