Even with all of "the end is near" hype from TLC, "Jon & Kate Plus 8" series failed to find any kind of significant ratings surge Monday.
TLC aired two episodes of the troubled series back to back on Monday. The first drew 1.9 million viewers. The second attracted an audience of 2.3 million. So the average audience for the hour is 2.1 million or only 2 percent of the TVs set in use from 9 to 10 p.m.
By comparison, "WW II in HD," a documentary on the Second World War drew 2.6 milllion to the History Channel Monday night. "Little People," the TLC series that precedes "Jon & Kate" was seen by 1.65 million viewers -- and "Little People" costs TLC a fraction of what it costs to make "Jon & Kate" this season.
Last season, "Jon & Kate" averaged 3.7 million viewers a week. It started the season in June with more than 10 million watching.