Honey Boo Boo came to TLC, saw, and conquered.
The network's new reality series, a spinoff of proven success Toddlers & Tiaras, premiered Wednesday to solid ratings. The episode nabbed 2.2 million viewers overall, with an impressive 1.6 in the adults 18-49 demographic, the most coveted slot for advertisers. The show managed to grab the number one slot amongst basic cable programs for the 10pm timeslot as well.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is centered on Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, a six-year-old beauty pageant contestant who had previously featured on TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras. Honey Boo Boo's family is also featured of the show, each with their own nicknames. Her mother, June "Coupon Queen" stays at home, while her father, "Sugar Bear," is a chalk miner. She has three older siblings -- 12-year-old Lauryn "Pumpkin," 15-year-old Jessica "Chubbs," and 17-year-old Anna "Chicadee," whose pregnancy is a featured storyline on the show.
The first two entries of the show's six-episode first season, titled "Gonna Be a Glitz Pig," and "This Is My Crazy Family," aired Wednesday night and featured the Thompson family's "Redneck Olympics." The A.V. Club's Ryan McGee called the episode "a dire warning to the world at large... a horror story posing as a reality television program." Sounds like the recipe for success.
The next episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, "She Oooo'd Herself," and "I'm Sassified!" will air next Wednesday, August 15, and 10/9c.