I have it on good authority that Teen Mom 3 will not be renewed for a second season. That’s all I can really write about it considering I didn’t even watch the season, but I wasn’t alone. The highest rated episode was the season premiere at only 1.8 million viewers, and the numbers only went down from there. To put it in perspective, Teen Mom 2′s season 1 premiere received 3.5 million viewers, and topped 4 million a few times before dropping quite a bit during season 3. The lowest rated Teen Mom 2 episode was rated at 1.13 million viewers, and that was on Christmas Eve (not a good time for TV ratings).
This doesn’t really come as a shock as TM3 didn’t really have the ratings grabbing girl like the other two series did. Let’s be honest, TM1 was decent, but Amber made that series. Teen Mom 2, you have Jenelle. I don’t think the casual TV viewer has any clue about Chelsea, Kailyn, or Catelynn. Maci and Leah have some name recognition, and almost all of Farrah’s mainstream publicity came after her series was complete.
MTV overplayed their hand by bringing in a 3rd cast instead of paying the 1st and 2nd cast more money to remain on the air, but you also can’t blame them. Amber went to prison, so TM1 would have dropped ratings, and Jenelle is the only reason to pay the TM2 girls more money. Paying Jenelle more money would have looked bad due to her drug problems – like they were exploiting a train wreck – although, that’s pretty much what reality TV is these days.
What are your thoughts on TM3 not returning? Sad? Don’t care?