Kardashians have no trouble 'Keeping Up' ratings
August 23rd, 2010
07:02 PM ET

Kardashians have no trouble 'Keeping Up' ratings

We’ve spent the past three years peeking into the sometimes-TMI lives of those krazy Kardashians, but the ratings for last night’s premiere prove that America is far from done with this reality TV family.

Nearly 4.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the opener of season five, making the episode the series’ highest-rated as well as the show's most-watched season premiere ever.

It also became E!’s second most-watched telecast ever, which is only bested by last season’s "Kardashian" finale, which pulled in 4.8 million viewers.

At the end of season four, viewers were treated to the, um, graphic birth of Kourtney's son, Mason Disick, but at the start of this season, things were a little more tame: Kim moved into her five-bedroom, reportedly more-than-$4 million home and got into a cupcake fight with her mother.

But despite those thrilling events, this show's not quite yet keeping up with the cast of the "Jersey Shore": MTV's hit series had 5.3 million viewers tune in to watch its second season premiere, making it the best-rated season premiere for the network in more than seven years. The show's staggeringly high ratings have continued throughout the season.

Somewhere out there, you know a reality TV exec is dreaming up ways to bring these two money-making shows together...

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  1. zil

    I feel sorry for all of you, its a tv show made to be funny. No one makes you watch it. But to be so mean is really sad. That is what wrong with the world all we is love not hate. And by the way these women all have business and clothing lines and the work very hard, just becuase they are on tv poeple are mean. This show is about family loud messy family. they fight they hate they love they make up. WHY because they love each other. That is all I have to say so know you all can start to be mean to me for have a veiw. Thank you God bless you Share the love

    September 26, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jrod

    I think these girls are very pretty and the entire family are just flat out hilarious. They're just entertaining to watch. They all seem really close too. They remind me of a latino family.

    August 24, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ray

    Can we change the name of there show to:


    August 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bb

    I watch their show all the time......on mute!

    August 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Why do you people think 4.5 viewers means they are popular than 10 millions that watches America Got Talent on NBC. Now that what i call a bomb show with the three boring ladies as reality stars. Just because the rating is what u think doesn't means America accepts this type of behavior representing it citizens. It's time to vote the reality drama off television for children to see and our reason also.

    August 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Odalice Feliz

    kim is a wanna be paris!!!

    August 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    No doubt the public is far dumber for even watching this train wreck but we are lambs being lead to slaughter. I don't begrudge the girls thats for sure. They deserve kudo's for doing the show and just goes to show the spirit of capitalism at it's best. I just don't see what the point of the show is and just how much is "Contrived" drama for T.V...
    Jersey Shore is even worse. What a bunch if no talent wastoids just trying to break through with stupiod antics.

    August 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Debbie

    I know this show is stupid and I'm crazy for watching but it's funny as crap. Those girls give blondes a whole new meaning. They are so stupid that's it's funny. Kourtney needs to have her head examined for giving that jerk Scott the time of day. My husband thinks I should have my head examined for watching.

    August 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kristina

    Wow! Did I really just read 'overweight tramps'?? These women are FAR from overweight, and negative comments like that are what drive so many young people to have low self esteem and poor self images. Even if you are not a fan of the show, why take a jab like that? How absurd to make fun of the show when you, yourself, are obviously SHALLOW!!

    August 24, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marta

    I like all three sisters. They're hot and seem super cool! Just because some people were born "lucky & privileged" doesn't mean that they deserve to be hated for everything they do and have.

    August 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sandra

    I wish i could spend one week with them, so that i could experience their daily live.

    August 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. yankees

    Man talking about having the longest 15 min. of fame ever. Just for being famous because you were the BFF of Paris Hilton, who is and was also famous for being famous because an adult video. Another year of what the Kardashians are eating for lunch news. 4 millon Americans watch them and another 200 million just want to pull their hair out and scream. Please go away!

    August 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TL

    I am not opposed or for the show but they are people and someone's daughter. I have a daughter and I would hate to hear people talking about her in school let alone on a national level. You are a very judgemental group of folks and apparently very angry at the success of others. Throwing in racial slurs and demeaning American women based on 3 girls is ridiculous and a frivolous waste of your time yet very hurtful to the Kardashian family. Sends a very poor message not only of you the author of the post but of the american people in general. Remember there are options like, not reading the magazine or not clicking on the article. Save your hate and put it towards a good cause...like Katrina clean up or the gulf oil spill.

    August 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • z

      Please, spare the "why won't you use that hate for something useful" bs. This is a discussion board for crying out loud, do you really think that the Kardashians are really going to read this and take offense by what is being said about them? They know that EVERYBODY talks about them, that's part of being a CELEBRITY, people will talk, people will hate, people will be negative and tear you apart, that's part of the territory of being famous, I'm tired of people like you acting as if this is something unusual or out of the norm. If you are so good and wholesome why won't you give to charity instead of coming on here complaining about how mean people are on a discussion board? Why not tell the Kardashians to do something useful, because with all that money they have they sure aren't using it for something good. At the end of the day, people will have their opinions, whether you like it or not, it will have no bearing on the Kardashians or affect them at all, so get off your high horse and help out at a homeless shelter.

      August 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    Charles: The Kardasians are famous due to thier father ( Robert ) who helped get O.J off back in 1994/1995.

    August 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    Question: Just why would anyone want to marry Kim now? Age 30, a career in Porm and she is destined for the single life with no children while Kourtney is destined for the hospital due to an altercation with Scott and Khole maybe the best level headed person on the show but her life will be in shambles when Lamars career is over or the infidelities come to light.... Lets not even talk about Kendall... Her path is being written but she needs to leave this Reality spotlight or she will fall victum...

    August 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  16. LKay

    I wonder how Bruce Jenner would feel if a 29 year old man was frolicking with his youngest daughter like Kim was with Justin Beiber? I am sure Kris, who has no morals, would love it, but I think Bruce just might draw the line at his child and an older man in photos together. But they seem to think it is OK for Kim to do it with a young man. The entire family has absolutely no sense and can be sold to the highest bidder. Thank Mama for that. She set the ball in motion to make her family famous(or infamous?) and she has done that, but WHY????

    August 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ernst Junger

    Mudshark hoedown!

    August 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Charles

    Can someone explain to me why these people are famous in the first place? In other words, what were they known for before their voyeu- I mean "reality" show started airing?

    August 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Just an Opinion

    If I am going to watch this circus, it sure would be nice to HEAR some of it, but there is so much cussing and BEEPING I get very little of it, except if this is what rich does to you, and this is who you become, I would rather live in a tent, in the desert .This is not entertainment, it's sick.

    August 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jeff

    Living off the name of a dead fathers memory.. Nice..... I feel for poor Bruce Jenner too. Having to stoop so low in order to get his face on t.v. and keep a paycheck coming in...

    August 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Enrique Lambrano

    These girls are absolutely beautiful and so damn funny, I just can't believe there are so many haters out there, it's not like there hurting anybody....geez!!

    August 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  22. LKay

    Please, the Kardashians. All they ever seem to do is take their clothes off, get drunk, curse, and fight. I tried to watch but just did not see the appeal. I am shocked that a Mother(Kris) would want her family portrayed this way, but Kris does promote it. None of them have any talent. Kourtney is the only smart one. Did Khloe even go to high school? If so, did she even graduate? She is absolutely the dumbest blonde walking & she isn't even blonde. Go figure. Poor Kim. To be known only for having a big butt is not really much of an accomplishment. Keep Khloe off the Fashion Police, please. I like to watch it, but if she is on then I just can't, because she definitely has NO FASHION SENSE at all, just too tight clothes and most of the time not very flattering or attractive ones either. But, hey, Kris must be a very proud mama to have her children in the spotlight for doing nothing but boozing, partying, and fighting.

    August 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Kimbo!

    Ana B – while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I have been to Europe and do not agree with you at all. But, hey – that's just my opinion. What I think is ugly and scrawny might be beautiful to you.

    August 24, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  24. A minority opinion

    Well writers have had over 50 years in Hollywood to try and write some good shows on TV but the majority of them have been cr*p. So I do not feel sorry for writers at all.

    August 24, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  25. beenz

    I don't wish to know who these people are, but unless you never watch TV, go online, or shop at a store that sells tabloids, there is no way to avoid them. I have an idea – let's pick a random day and make it a 'Kardashian Free' day. No news, no blogs, etc about them. And throw in the Jersey Shore cast too while we're at it.

    August 24, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  26. robert

    I never make comments here, but I can't control myself this time: this country admires and pick as role models individuals who have no talent and nothing to offer other than cheap and ridiculous entertainment. Why don't we have a genius showing us his/her creativity or inventions or provocative thoughts about a subject on science on a reality show frame? it is not the TV producers fault: it is OUR FAULT for watching these shows.

    August 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Peter

    Two out of three are okay to look at, as stupid as they might be. The one in the middle looks like their overweight cross-dressing drag queen brother. Who would possibly make a cute guy...

    August 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Chester

    Their little sister Kendall is one great knob polisher.

    August 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Boof

    I just had a turkey sandwich with mayo and a bag of chips for lunch.

    August 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grayson

      What kind of chips? I had pringles.

      August 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • XOXOX

      I had a grilled chicken, roasted peppers, avocado, lettuce and honey mustard dressing with tortilla chips....hmmmm, it was delish!!

      August 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boof

      Plain turkey with mayo and swiss on whole wheat and a bag of Lays Baked. I also had a Lipton Iced Tea, sweet/no lemon.

      August 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • lad


      August 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Niwotmom

    What a total waste of airspace. Right up there with the Real housewives of wherever!

    August 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  31. lyn

    Do these girls do anything worthwhile? Like volunteer, donate to a reputable charity?

    August 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niwotmom

      Other than, spend money freely, fight, drink, etc., no not really.

      August 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Michael S

    And Milli Vanilli had three number one hits in 1989

    Popular doesn't mean good

    August 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Ronika

    Oh and to all you haters …. Keep on hating too bad they are not going anywhere! LOL

    August 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Ronika

    Love these two showes they are funny! Keep it up!!!!

    August 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  35. RUSH

    heh heh heh...they said they have no problem keeping me up.
    I bet they look like dirty rugs without their makeup but I will admit to a stirring in the south.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  36. Joe

    Kim is a fat pig. Anytime you see her on a magazine cover it's been photoshopped all to hell.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  37. JH


    August 24, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  38. Candi

    Janet, Despite how I may feel about the show, I can't believe you think these women are overweight! Kim is approximately 115 to 125lbs! Are you some sicko anorexic or something that believe women shouldn't have any curves or actual flesh on their bones? That is what is wrong with the self-esteem level of young women in America these days thinking they all should be rail thin and skeleton-looking....which is gross!

    August 24, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • x

      No, these women aren't overweight and it is pretty appalling that somebody would say so, but i always find it funny that you have to knock down people who are thin and skinny while you are complaining about how wrong it is for somebody to make fun of somebody with meat on their bones. Another problem with society is that it seems like this whole "curvy" thing also affects those girls who are naturally skinny who are called "bony" or "not womanly enough" because they don't have a body like kim kardashian. I'm all for supporting bigger sized women but why put down skinnier women for the sake of giving props to plus sized women? It is just contradictory and frustrating to support one body type and to diss another. That's the real reason why girls are so worried about their bodies, nothing is ever good enough for anybody, big girls are "too curvy" and skinny girls "aren't curvy enough." Nobody wins.

      August 24, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      There is no possible way that Kim K is 115 to 125lbs. My daughter weighs nearly 120 and she is 5-6 and runway model thin. My wife is 5-7 and 135 lbs and slightly thinner than Kim K. When we married she was 121 pounds and looked too thin. If Kim K is 115 lbs then she must be 4 feet tall.

      Thes K sisters are trashy bimbo's The one is pushing mex density (and will be fat soon) and the other two are fat. Period!

      August 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiffie

      Joe, Kim is only 5'3" so the comparison isn't really the same.

      August 24, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  39. CATom

    The one in the middle is ugly

    August 24, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  40. x

    I don't understand the appeal of this show or these people. Yes they are beautiful but so are millions of other people in this world, what makes them so special? I only tried to watch their show for one minute and it was unbelievably boring to me, sorry I just don't get it.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  41. DK

    I tried to watch their show once and I just couldn't. It lacked....well everything. I don't get the appeal. Amazing what people will find entertaining.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  42. ooo

    I'm so tired of hearing about these people. We get it, one of them has a big ol' ass and the rest of them seem to only be in the picture because they are related. These people aren't even that attractive looking, personality wise they seem like bimbos. Why can't people be famous for actually having a talent, does that matter anymore?

    August 24, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • T

      Damn your really a hater!! I wonder how that feels. 10 times out of 10 your extremely fat and unatrractive!!

      August 24, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • ooo

      @ T- obviously you must know how it feels since you are being a hater yourself. Just because you think you can predict how somebody looks on the internet doesn't mean it is actually possible. You are way off on the "fat and ugly" scale, and could you come up with something more creative or interesting? My grandmother can make better insults than you can.

      August 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ooo

      Btw, it is YOU'RE not YOUR. See kid, it is kind of hard to take you seriously when you can't even use proper english grammar. Now do your homework!

      August 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Sonam

    Piece of crap show people who watch it have no life.

    August 24, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  44. Carl Jr.

    Kim's boob job is so captivating, that the only reason the show exists is so people can get a glimpse of it.

    August 24, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • [lol]

      You don't really need the show, just get a copy of the Ray J tape.

      August 24, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  45. me

    who cares

    August 24, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  46. Ashley

    Hey, you guys clicked on the link to read this story so they got you too!!!

    August 24, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • ooo

      You think people actually READ this story? It's called clicking on the story, going on the discussion board, and venting about how much we don't like them. Who said that there had to be reading involved?

      August 24, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  47. Daniel Troppy

    You have really got to wonder who in their right mind watches and cares about these KarTRASHians?

    August 24, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  48. Alek

    If you watch this show, you are responsiblef or the death of good TV.

    August 24, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  49. janet

    Don't know who they are but I'm tired of seeing their pictures and hearing about them. None of them are pretty and they look like overweight tramps. Why does America watch this garbage?

    August 24, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Cole

      Overweight? Really? Then obviously you haven't watched or ever seen pictures. If people think they are ugly then it is only because of jealousy. If you didn't care you would'nt have been on this site posting comments in the first place. If you think it is garbage then you shouldn't be wasting your time.

      August 24, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Tanya

      Janet these 3 woman are very pretty. I don't understand why other woman are so hateful or nasty to these girls unless you are not happy with your appearance. I don't understand people anymore they judge and judge on how people live there lives they make money doing what they do. Don't hate because you might not have what they have.

      August 24, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • x

      Jealousy? I'm sorry, nobody in their right mind is "jealous" of somebody famous, but fans like to say that because it makes them feel better about how other people act. Since these people are public figures, we as the public are allowed to either love them or hate them. And I for one hate them. So there! :p

      August 24, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Ana_B

      Janet you are right! they look vulgar and without being fat they are certainly not thin nor elegant. It always makes me laugh because here in America as long as u have a huge ass and big boobs and u squeeze into a dress half your size you are considered beuatiful. OMG ....hilarious :))). You guys should go to Europe for beautiful girls these three are like a 5 over there. And that's not even the problem the thing is they are so stupid and shameless they are just plain ridiculous.

      August 24, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Niwotmom

      These girls get paid to do absolutely nothing! Jealous of these twits, no way in hell! They are so full of themselves. It's a waste of TV time.

      August 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Shania


    August 24, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  51. WHY???

    I tired watching this show once and thought it was shameful. I don't understand the appeal with reality TV?

    August 24, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • K

      Well we have this thing called Reality tv because apparently no one likes true fiction anymore. It's not as if we are lacking talented writers, producers are looking at ratings and high dollar signs based on the average joes' interest in watching other people ruin their lives.

      August 24, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      It's just the modern version of a circus freak show. People have to look at the freaks.

      August 24, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • MD

      Talk about the dumbing down of America!!! Bunch of idiots in my book.

      August 24, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Chas

      I dont get it either. Why are people who do absolutely nothing being paid and televised???? We have teachers and policeman who dont make half of what these people make for doing nothing.

      August 24, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Shoot Ryan Seacrest for bringing this crap to my tv.

      August 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • LoveToReadComments

      These kind of "news" produce the funniest comments.

      August 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andi Harley

      @ K: Isn't true fiction is an oxymoron?

      August 24, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • guitarharry

      (in cave-man voice) Purty gurls...big breasts...me like!

      August 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • leftykc

      who are the 4. whatever million??

      August 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |

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