This season will be their last. Sources revealed to Life & Style that TLC will be canceling their longrunning reality TV series Sister Wives after Season 12 since Kody Brown and his polygamous family is currently failing to pull in ratings.
Sister Wives — which documents the lives of Kody and his four wives Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Christine Brown, and Robyn Brown — had been on the chopping block back in 2016 for a similar reason. “TLC was less than impressed by the ratings,” says an insider, explaining that the Season 11 premiere viewership of 1.8 million “was not enough” for the network. But Kody was able to convince the executives to give his family another chance by renegotiating the salaries for him and his wives.
“So Kody told them he’d be willing to have the network slash his family’s pay from $180,000 for each adult to $180,000 total if it meant they could make Season 12. He put everything on the line to convince them it could still work,” the source revealed.
But the family just isn’t captivating its audience like it used to. “Three years ago, the show could command 2.5 million viewers, but now fans are leaving the show in droves,” the insider continued. “TLC has broken the news to Kody that it plans to cancel Sister Wives after the current season because ratings have been so tepid. Kody can kiss any hope of a Season 13 goodbye.”
The news comes amid speculation that Kody’s first wife Meri is actually thinking about leaving Sister Wives. A major part of her storyline this season includes her realizing her longtime dream of purchasing a home that has been in her family for decades and turning it into a bed and breakfast in Utah, and her husband and fellow sister wives were reluctant to give her their blessing because they felt that she will eventually use the business as an excuse to abandon her family in Las Vegas.
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