On Tuesday night, Lifetime broadcast the series premiere of Bristol Palin’s new reality program, Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp. Unfortunately for the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, her mother’s penchant for decent television ratings don’t seem to have been inherited: Deadline reports that the Lifetime series earned a viewership of roughly 726,000 — a significant drop from the show to air immediately prior on the network, Dance Moms (which took in about 1.8 million),
Sarah Palin’s Alaska, a reality show the titular state’s governor hosted from November 2010 to January 2011, actually premiered to record numbers for its home network, TLC. Nonetheless, the program failed to achieve a longevity beyond a few months. Palin’s 2010 talk show was a much slighter example of the would-be VP’s ratings capabilities.
In April, Palin’s guest hosting gig on NBC’s The Today Show managed to outshine Katie Couric on ABC’s Good Morning America, further proving the nation’s desire to keep up with Alaska’s governor. And of course, the high-rated HBO movie Game Change proves that even those who aren’t Palin fans are interested in the subject matter of John McCain’s 2008 running mate.
Young Bristol Palin’s program, however, has not earned as big a following as her mother, even in the wake of recent controversial activity. Bristol has also announced an interest in pursuing a political career.