That’s how many of us enablers viewers tuned to the season 5 premiere of reality show / marital implosion Jon & Kate Plus 8 last night, per the New York Times’ Brian Stelter. Making it the most watched show on TV—including broadcast networks—and more than doubling the 4.6 million who watched the season 4 finale in March.
I had expected the numbers to be big, but I wouldn’t have guessed this big. The big question now: how do the numbers hold up next week and after, when the show (apparently) returns to its usual “The Gosselins and kids get more free stuff!” format. And how many of those voices saying, “I will never watch this show again!” really mean it?