Entertainment Weekly: Jon & Kate SHATTER TLC Records!
"The heavily promoted fifth-season premiere of Jon & Kate Plus 8 posted record ratings for TLC on Memorial Day. The hour-long episode -- in which tabloid cover queen Kate Gosselin admitted, "I have a lot of anger...this is not what I envisioned for us" -- attracted a whopping 9.8 million viewers, which more than doubled the audience that tuned into the show's season 4 finale in March (4.6 million). Early estimates also reveal that the premiere, which lured unprecedented numbers of women aged 18-34 and women 18-49, was TLC's (and Jon & Kate's) most-watched episode ever. It also trounced the broadcast networks, which aired mostly repeats because of the holiday (an original episode of The Bachelorette on ABC drew 6 million). Final ratings are due Wednesday."
Jon & Kate Plus 8: Turning 5 And The Future
This is a review from Jessica Carlson from Examiner.com since my reviews of the show are WAY TOO biased! ;) Thanks to Emma for the videos.
"The show opens with Jon and Kate lamenting their fame, as Jon and Kate Plus 8 continues to shift away from focusing on the kids to being more about life as a celebrity couple. Both Jon and Kate seem surprised that being on television with millions of people watching has brought unwanted attention from paparazzi, who Kate has the kids call "The P People". Both of them seem to be unaware of the irony of complaining about people with cameras following you all day to the people with cameras following you all day. Kate expresses her anger at Jon's poor decisions and how the media is treating them.
But those things need to be put aside a bit as Kate prepares for the sextuplets 5th birthday party, and she reveals that because she's been so busy lately she hasn't been able to do the "year long" planning for the party this time around. She says Jon has abandoned her to take a weekend off, and she's stuck doing everything for the party herself even though in the next scene we see several people helping her set up all the decorations.
Jon arrives to the party after having to make a couple trips back and forth to their house, and there's an uncomfortable tension between him and Kate as they occupy the same space but hardly acknowledge each other's presence. The guests begin arriving to the party, presumably hoping to get their money's worth as they each have to bring 6 gifts. Everyone seems to be having a good time, despite paparazzi hovering in the woods. Fortunately the magician hired for the party managed to bring a real rabbit with him to close the show, otherwise he would have had to endure a few terse words with Kate. After singing "Happy Birthday" six times and cracking open some piñatas, the party ends without incident and even Kate, forever the perfectionist, deems it a success.
The episode ends with another tense moment of Jon and Kate sitting together on the couch, neither really sure what the future holds for them. Kate is upset as she says she realizes that parents of multiples are more likely to divorce, but she thought they would beat those odds -- suggesting that the subject of splitting up has at the least come up in conversation. They both reiterate their commitment to their children, and the show closes with a family cookout and a feeling of ambiguity about the future of their relationship."