The stars of 7 Little Johnstons are making some serious cash! The reality show — which debuted in 2015 — consists of Trent and his wife, Amber, and their five kids: Jonah and Elizabeth are their biological children and they adopted Anna, Alex, and Emma. With so many mouths to feed — and with college right around the corner — it's no wonder they need as much money coming in as possible. Yet thanks to TLC, they don't have to be too concerned about their future.
Although it's not exactly clear how much the reality star fam is raking in, we can speculate that they're making a pretty penny. According to reality producer Terence Michael, reality show families earn about 10 percent of the show's budget, and he estimates that TLC budgets about $250,000 to $400,000 per episode. In other words, this means that the Johnstons would be raking in $25,000 to $40,000 per episode. Not too shabby.
A report from Business Insider also suggests that they could be bringing in even more, based on the show's popularity. "For those docu-ensembles… [additional] per episode ranges from low-end, like $1,500 an episode, to $3,000 at the high end." They added, "And then after three years of success, it can go up to $7,000 to $10,000 an episode. After that, you start moving into the Kardashian level." Pretty soon, they'll have to change the show's name to Keeping up With the Johnstons!
Unfortunately, the family has been at the center of a legal battle with their network and production team. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "LMNO Productions sued Discovery in June, claiming that it took advantage of a crooked accountant to steal content. The network fired back with counterclaims that it was being systematically defrauded by LMNO.The issue at hand now is who keeps footage and other material from the second season of 7 Little Johnstons while the litigation is pending." Yikes. Even still, the family has an estimated net worth of about $2 million. Think they'll want to adopt us next?