On October 14th, 2007, the first episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” premiered. The E! News television show was a reality series, based on the lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family.
The first episode attracted 2.7 million viewers — the most-watched show on E! network since “The Anna Nicole Show” in 2002, according to Wikipedia.
Each episode became more and more chaotic, with drama and fights causing the viewership to rise. Fans created iconic memes from the show, such as: Kylie Jenner’s “Rise n’ Shine” song, Kim Kardashian’s explosive “Don’t be f*c*ing rude” moment, or the classic Kim Kardashian crying face.
After many seasons of the constant fighting, heated discussions, and Kardashian-Jenner adventures, ratings began to fall. However, in May of 2015, the KUWTK viewership reached an all time high, during their ‘About Bruce’ special. The special involved Bruce Jenner discussing his male-to-female transition with his family. It was emotional, heartfelt, and one of the most genuine episodes of the series. According to an article by The Hollywood Reporter, the episode amassed 4.2 million viewers.
However, after twenty seasons of following the Kardashian-Jenner family through their every day life, they’ve decided to permanently end their contract with E! News. Earlier today, Kim Kardashian posted a KUWTK cast photo onto her Instagram page.
She captioned the photo by announcing their difficult decision to end the series, after fourteen years on the air. Kardashian thanked her fans for spending their nights following their journey through life. According to Kim, the fans have been there through the good moments, bad moments, multiple marriages/divorces, and they were there to watch them grow their families.
“I am so incredibly grateful to everyone who has watched and supported me and my family these past 14 incredible years. This show made us who we are and I will be forever in debt to everyone who played a role in shaping our careers and changing our lives forever”.
Kim also admitted that she wouldn’t be as successful as she is today, if it weren’t for “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”, as well as the viewers watching at home.
To all of the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” fans out there, although the family has announced their series departure, you may not have to say goodbye quite yet.
According to the Kardashian-Jenner family, their final season will air in early 2021.