TLC’s ‘Breaking Amish’ Spin-Off Debuts Sharply Down From Original’s Finale

Abe, Rebecca, Kate, Sabrina and Jeremiah may have worn out their welcome. Sunday’s debut of TLC’s Breaking Amish: Brave New World garnered 2.14 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among Adults 19-49. That’s way down from the 3.1 million viewers who watched the September 9 premiere of the fish out of water Breaking Amish last year. That show was the highest-rated debut in two years for the network in total viewers and in the 25-54 demo. Sunday’s spin-off debut is also nearly 45% down from the 3.8 million (1.7 rating) who tuned in for the season 1 finale on November 13. Brave New World picks up the original cast’s stories nine months after the first season ended. A second season of Breaking Amish, with a whole new cast, is scheduled to debut later this year.

Despite proving a ratings hit with 3.2 million viewers on average watching the first season, the original Breaking Amish was repeatedly hit with allegations of fakery, fraud and slight of hand almost from its premiere. Even TLC admitted about halfway through the first season that some of the stories about the show’s cast — like them not knowing each other beforehand and not being so new to big-city life — were not true. The network later aired two one-hour reunion specials hosted by Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle to address the rumors.

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