UP RELEASES SECOND SEASON RENEWAL FOR ‘BRINGING UP BATES’
Network’s Strongest Original Series Ever Continues to Set Ratings Records
ATLANTA – March, 4 2015 – UP TV announced today that “Bringing Up Bates,” the network’s strongest original series ever, has been renewed for a second season. The reality series started fast out of the gate with its premiere on New Year’s Day and has continued to grow ever since. Its most recent premiere episode, on February 26, was the highest rated episode to date with an average audience delivery of 786,527 P2+1, and a #6 ranking among all ad-supported cable networks in W18-49 Cov AA%2.
In “Bringing Up Bates,” UP viewers look in on the ever-changing family dynamics of Gil and Kelly Jo Bates and their 19 kids, aged 2 to 25, along with their new grandchild and two more on the way. In this supersized, tight-knit Tennessee family, daily chaos is multiplied exponentially – but so are the joyful and poignant moments that life can bring.
“Since its premiere in January, ‘Bringing Up Bates’ has been a major success story for us,” said Amy Winter, EVP/GM, UP. “The series has grown steadily each week as more and more viewers, along with other family members, tune in to see the daily lifestyle of this uncommon, unimaginable, ever expanding, but totally relatable, loving family. It’s a show that entertains the whole family which makes it perfectly suited for our brand. We are very happy to bring it back for another season and look forward to sharing the new trials, new triumphs and new grandbabies in the upcoming season.”
Winter said the second season is for 13 episodes and has begun filming on-location in Tennessee. The all-new episodes, produced in association with Figure 8 Films (“19 Kids & Counting,” “Sister Wives”) will premiere, exclusively on UP in June.
UP is the television network dedicated to uplifting viewers every day with original and acquired movies, reality and dramatic series, comedies and music specials. One of the most trusted family-friendly networks on cable, UP can be seen in 69 million homes on cable systems and satellite providers across the United States in both standard and high definition. Along with its mission to entertain, uplift and inspire viewers, UP’s pro-social initiative “Uplift Someone” reminds and inspires people to do simple acts of kindness. Based in Atlanta, UP is a division of UP Entertainment, LLC and provides sales and operations services to the ASPiRE network.
About Figure 8 Films
For over 20 years, Figure 8 Films has been creating some of the most popular shows on television. From its ground-breaking series “The Operation” and the pop-culture phenomenon of “Jon and Kate Plus 8” to the currently airing “Salvage Dawgs,” “Sister Wives” and “19 Kids and Counting,” the goal has remained the same – telling entertaining true stories about real people. Whether the subject is a documentary or docu-series, our goal is to connect the viewer with our characters in an emotional way, from laughter to tears, and create a relationship that lasts beyond the final frame of the program. With some of the longest-running series currently on television, we’re happy to say our approach continues to be a winning formula for success. As the company slogan says: Another Day, Another Adventure!
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