Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard are breaking records. The “19 Kids and Counting” reality stars dual appearance on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” Friday took in notable ratings for the cable show.
Megyn Kelly’s interview with the sisters regarding their brother Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal took in the highest-rated Friday night viewing in the 25-54 demographic in the show’s history. According to Nielsen ratings, the hour-long episode raked in 2.2 million viewers with 641,000 being in the 25-54 age demographic, beating cable news shows on CNN, MSNBC and HLN.
And that’s not all. “The Kelly File” ranked number two on Twitter on Friday, according to Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings. Jessa and Jill’s interview was reportedly responsible for 11k tweets and “over 1.3 million impressions for the night.”
This isn’t the first time Jessa, 22, and Jill, 24, have been responsible for bringing in noteworthy television ratings. In 2014, Jill’s Oct. 24 wedding episode on “19 Kids and Counting” to now husband Derick Dillard attracted 4.4 million viewers to TLC, making it the highest rated and most watched episode in the series' decade-long history. The network confirmed that the wedding special’s “record ratings” beat out FX’s now defunct “Sons of Anarchy," making it the number one cable program in primetime among all key women demographics.
While Jessa’s wedding to her now husband, Ben Seewald, did not break any records, it did bring a notable number of viewers to TLC. Her March 31 wedding episode drew in 3.5 million viewers, according to TLC.
On May 5, Jill’s birth special, in which she welcomed son Israel David, took in 3.6 million viewers, with an average of 2.9 million of this viewers being in the 25-54 demographic. The two-hour episode, titled “Jill's Special Delivery,” was reportedly the highest rated cable program in primetime among all key female demographics and was the number one program in primetime among all television for W18-34.
Jessa and Jill appeared on “The Kelly File” to confirm they were two of their brother Josh’s five molestation victims during his teenage years. They also touched on the future of their family’s long-standing reality series “19 Kids and Counting” which was yanked, but not canceled, by TLC last month. Jessa and Jill’s Fox News appearance follows reports they’re in talks to star in a “19 Kids and Counting” spinoff with their husbands.