Teen Mom OG returned to the air on October 1, with one very obvious change:
Farrah Abraham is no longer a cast member.
She was fired in February and replaced by two additions: Bristol Palin and Cheyenne Floyd.
How did the Season 8 premiere fare without this controversial reality star on board?
Below, we relay the opening ratings and then we share Abraham's calm, cool and collected reaction to how the program is doing thus far without her polarizing presence…
1. The New Cast
Here they are: Amber, Maci, Catelynn, Cheyenne and Bristol. MTV is banking on this quintet to draw in the ratings for Season 8.
2. Was the Premiere a Hit?
Based on buzz, maybe. The Internet wrote a lot about Bristol and her marital problems. Based on ratings, however? Well…
3. Under a Million Viewers Tuned In
According to Ratings by the Numbers, the Season 8 premiere drew in 957,000 viewers for its original airing at 9/8c on Monday, October 1.
4. Can We Compare This to The Season 7 Premiere?
Of course. On November 27, 2017 — a premiere that featured Abraham in all her Farrah glory – 1.319 million viewers were viewing MTV to see what these women were up to.
5. As for the Season 7 Finale?
That episode garnered 1.098 million viewers, meaning there was a pretty significant drop-off from those who were curious to see what Farrah was doing to those who tuned in for the debut of Bristol and Chyenne.
6. Was This Really a Reflection of Farrah Getting Fired?
We mean… perhaps. There’s no real way of knowing. But ratings across the board have been dropping on television as streaming services take off, viewers have more options and the use of DVR explodes.
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