Sarah’s ‘Alaska’ Surprise: Salmon Show Spawns a Ratings Rise

by | December 1, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Sarah Palin's Alaska, TV News

Sarah Palin with son Trig (TLC)

Feisty Sarah Palin has defied the odds, as her TLC reality series took a jump up in the ratings this past Sunday after falling steeply the week before.

Last weekend, the third episode of the eight-part ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ attracted 3.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen figures released by TLC, rising from 3 million for Episode Two a week earlier.

‘Alaska’ Week 3: Salmon Get Caught Up In Another Palin Fish Tale

The show’s premiere drew 4.96 million on Nov. 14 – the highest-rated series launch in the history of TLC. But the numbers for Week Two represented a 40 percent loss of audience, leading many observers to conclude that the bloom had quickly come off the rose for Palin and her TV show.

Watch The Palins Go Salmon Fishing:

But the modest increase in Week Three, which had gung-ho Sarah and her family fishing for salmon in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, indicates there’s life in ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ yet. They’re not unheard-of, but such increases are unusual. Generally speaking, ratings for TV shows that are just starting out don’t generally rise, fall and then rise again. But that’s Sarah Palin for ya – she’s nothing if not surprising.

The episode set for this coming Sunday (9 p.m./8c on TLC) – titled ‘She’s a Great Shot’ – is bound to be talked about as Sarah takes rifle in hand and treks with her dad to a hunting ground near the Arctic Circle in search of caribou. TLC’s description of the episode explains that “Sarah’s freezer is almost empty and winter is approaching. [So] she embarks on an epic caribou hunting trip . . . in search of a caribou for food.” We have to ask: Is that really Sarah Palin’s only option for obtaining sustenance? Hey, Sarah, ever hear of a supermarket?

Meanwhile, a week later, on Dec. 12 – gunplay once again takes centerstage on ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ when TLC reality star Kate Gosselin (‘Kate Plus 8’) and her brood turn up in Alaska for a hunting trip and hospitable Sarah takes them to a “bear safety class for rifle practice,” according to TLC.

Now that’s an episode with the potential to boost ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ to new heights in the ratings. Stay tuned!