The finale of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo beat South Park on Wednesday night to become the highest rated cable show among adults 18-49. As New York Times writer, Adam Kepler, revealed this week, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo attracted more viewers than the Republican National Convention on Fox News. And just before Dems out there get a laugh out of that, Kepler also revealed that Honey Boo Boo tied CNN’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention. Ouch!
So, with Honey Boo so high in the ratings, what does that say about where America’s TV watching headspace is when it comes to politics?
Well, on one hand it says that people love watching reality television (perhaps way too much) because Honey Boo Boo is as real as it gets. On the other hand, the ratings may also indicate that many people find Honey Boo Boo more relatable than either President Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
With the show averaging 2.4 million viewers per episode, it’s clear that a lot of people in the country would rather be entertained by “so-called” real life than boring old politics.
Whether you agree with TLC’s decision to follow the family life of 7-year-old beauty pageant darling, Alana Thompson, nicknamed Honey Boo Boo, is beside the point. The numbers don’t lie. Honey Boo Boo is now one of the most popular cable shows on the air.
And like I said, Honey Boo Boo is so popular that she topped two of the most important events that impact American voters for the upcoming election.
So, is Honey Boo Boo more relatable to Americans than Barack Obama and Mitt Romney? Well, to a certain sector of the population, yes.
How do you feel about the popularity of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo as compared to politics and the upcoming election? What do you think it says about America’s TV watching headspace?
Should Obama or Romney hire Honey Boo Boo for the campaign trail?