TLC is getting its money’s worth from Honey Boo Boo.
The Georgia 7 year-old known as “Honey Boo Boo Child” and her family (a total of six people) are earning somewhere between $2,000 and $4,000 an episode for their TLC reality series “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” a show that has taken off this summer with an average weekly viewership of 2.5-3 million (and rising with just about every episode).
The earnings estimate for Honey Boo Boo (real name: Alana Thompson) comes from this story posted on the Hollywood Reporter Web site, THR.com.
The story says the family may earn as much as $40,000 for the inaugural, 10-episode season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” which might seem like a king’s ransom for this exuberant clan from rural Georgia. But it’s a paltry figure to be paid for TV stardom, particularly for a show that’s drawing 3 million viewers a week, and has also emerged as a much talked-about pop-culture phenomenon this summer.
Among other places, Honey Boo Boo was featured in a visual gag in Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” monologue just this week, on Tuesday night (Sept. 4). Watch Jay’s monologue at the top of “The Tonight Show” HERE.
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is the first show to be spun off from another TLC hit, the kiddie-pageant series “Toddlers & Tiaras.”
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” airs Wednesday nights at 10/9c.