‘Kate Plus Eight,' ‘Big Fat’ Draw Hefty Ratings

TLC’s Tuesday night lineup of Kate Plus Eight and My Big Fat Fabulous Life drew more than 1 million viewers each for the entertainment network.

Kate Plus Eight, which continues the saga of the famed Gosselin family, drew 1.8 million viewers and posted a double digit increase compared to the show’s most recent special this past summer, according to network officials.

The series premiere of My Big Fat Fabulous Life, which follows the life of formerly thin dancer Whitney Thore who became obese after being afflicted with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, garnered 1.3 million viewers, according to network officials. 

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.