After several weeks of declining ratings following a huge season premiere, “Jon & Kate Plus 8” racked up more record numbers Monday — for what turned out to be the last new episode for some time.
Nielsen figures put the audience for Monday’s “Jon & Kate” — during which Jon and Kate Gosselin announced they were separating and an on-screen card said that divorce papers were filed Monday — at 10.6 million people, which breaks the show’s record of 9.8 million for the season premiere.
The episode marked the culmination of days of speculation — fueled by promos from TLC, which airs the show, about “an announcement” from the couple — that the couple would split up. They finally said as much about 40 minutes into the hour-long episode, which also featured an extended sequence about playhouses for their eight kids being delivered to the house.
Monday’s show will also be the last new episode for at least a month. The production has been working on very tight deadlines as it deals with the intense outside scrutiny of the Gosselins and therefore doesn’t have enough footage to put together new episodes. So after a clip show next week that includes some new footage, the show will take a break until early August.
TLC still has 34 of the 40 episodes in its order left to air. The show’s ratings have been on a roller coaster so far this season, dropping each week after the season premiere (to as low as 2.9 million, which is still pretty strong for a cable show) before skyrocketing again Monday.
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