TLC's hit series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is a summer hit and has even toppled the viewership of the Republican National Convention between 18 to 49-year-olds. It will be interesting to see if TLC can maintain the ratings during the upcoming Democratic National Convention.
"Honey Boo Boo" features 6-year-old Alana Thompson and her family including mom June as they enjoy everyday life and compete in beauty pageants. Alana won a cult following on another TLC series, "Toddlers & Tiaras," and was given her own spin-off series.
"Honey Boo Boo" beat out all coverage of the Republican National Convention in the ratings game,
according to The Hollywood Reporter. It had a viewership of 3 million, which is an improvement even from its own previous episodes. The show has seen an overall increase in viewership as the series continues.
But what is it about the series that makes it so popular? Is it the relatable, down-home Thompson family? Or is it that many Americans want to see how this family lives and the antics they get into?
"If you ever feel bad about yourself, just watch 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,'" tweeted @TommoStyles.
"So, #honeybooboo ratings topped the republican natl convention on tv. God bless america!" added Adam Shankman.
"Maybe Americans are more excited by go-go juice and couponing than Objectivism and mischaracterizations of Barack Obama's record as president," posited Think Progress.
Of course, there are those who simply love watching the tenacious Alana conquer the pageant world and show no fear. She's an interesting character, to be sure, who has taken America by storm. The show, however, is not without controversy, as is "Toddlers & Tiaras."
The Thompson family has been criticized for its unhealthy habits, including the overabundance of sugar and caffeine. Alana was given Go-Go Juice, which is a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew, in addition to 15 Pixie Stix before one pageant.
She, along with June, has been making the talk show rounds in order to keep up the show's momentum.