The release date for Jill and Jessa: Counting On season 3 — August 23, 2016
This article has the most up-to-date info on the status of Jill and Jessa: Counting On season 3 as we continuously monitor the news to keep you in the know. TLC has scheduled the premiere date for a new season for August 23, 2016.
Series information and background
Jill and Jessa: Counting On is a spinoff of the highly popular veteran reality series 19 Kids and Counting, which has been broadcast since 2008 until it was taken off the air in May 2015. Jill and Jessa is produced by Figure 8 Films and has premiered on TLC on March 15, 2016. A three-part special has aired in December 2015, and the series was subsequently picked up for a full season following the excellent ratings that the special has garnered. The three December installments all rated 2.2 to 2.5 million viewers. The second season of Jill and Jessa premiered on March 15, 2016 in spite of the controversy that arose between the TLC network and major advertisers.
The series features Jill and Jessa Duggar, the two grown-up daughters of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, an Independent Baptist couple featured on 19 Kids and Counting. Jill and Jessa are both married, and each family has a small child as of now. TLC has immediately suspended the original 19 Kids and Counting show after Josh, the eldest son of the Duggar family, and brother of Jill and Jessa had publicly admitted and apologized for molesting five girls, including some of his sisters, in his teenage years, as well as cheating on his wife.
Major controversy, ratings and renewal potential
Jill and Jessa: Counting On has premiered to record-breaking ratings, with 1.9 million viewers tuning in to watch. The series immediately came under heavy criticism and many major companies have pulled their advertisements from the show, boycotting the controversy-ridden Duggar family. Among these companies are Verizon Wireless, Choice Hotels, The UPS Store, Mattress Firm, and others that did not want their names to be associated with the Duggars. The series` ratings are excellent, once again reminding us that negative attention is as good as positive, and makes for a great promotion tool. The second season is also delivering very steady numbers, with a 0.4 demo rating and over a million viewers per episode, so since the controversy with the advertisers seems to have been resolved, we very well may see a third season of Jill and Jessa: Counting On. Stay tuned and find out.
UPDATED July 29, 2016: Mark your calendars, fans of the Duggars – your favorite family is back in the third season of Jill and Jessa: Counting On, scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 8/7c. The highlights of the season are the return of Jill, Derick and their toddler son from Central America where they’ve volunteered for a year as missionaries, Jessa and Ben enjoying their state of parenthood and discussing adoption, and other siblings experiencing life as young adults and transitioning into the new period of their lives. Please sign up for our automatic notifications, and don’s miss the season 3 premiere of Jill and Jessa: Counting On!