Keeping Up with the Kardashians is an American reality television series airing on E! that premiered on October 14, 2007.
Tabloid protagonist Kim Kardashian and her colorfully blended family, which includes step-dad Bruce Jenner, are the subjects of this reality series that chronicles their often chaotic domestic life together. Although the family members frequently are at odds, more or less the Kardashian sisters, they always support one another in the end.
The show was an instant hit for E! – in its first month on the air it became the highest-rated series on Sunday nights among women aged 18 to 34 and was also seen by 1.3 million total viewers. The second season continued the success and was viewed by 1.6 million viewers – a 23% increase from the first season.
The fourth season’s premiere, The Wedding, became the highest rated episode in the series history with nearly 3.2 million viewers and also brought in the highest rating in the women 18-34 demographic E! had ever had. The second episode of the season topped the success of the premiere and became the new highest rated episode in the series with 4.1 million viewers. This record was then broken for a third time by the season finale with 4.8 million viewers – which also made the episode the most watched broadcast ever in E!’s history.
In April 2009, it was announced that a spin-off, originally titled Kourtney and Khloé in Miami, would premiere in August that same year and that the show would follow the two sisters as they open a second D-A-S-H store in Miami. The series premiered to 2.7 million viewers and averaged 1.89 million viewers. A second season began in June 2010 and averaged 2.717 million viewers, a 43% increase from the first season.
In October 2010, the official E! website announced that a second spin-off, titled Kourtney and Kim Take New York, was about to begin filming in New York and is scheduled to air in January 2011. The show will be similar to Miami as Kourtney and Kim will oversee the opening of a third D-A-S-H store.
On January 5, 2011, E! officially announced that a third spinoff from the series, this one featuring Khloe, her husband Lamar Odom, and his two children from his previous marriage would begin filming in early 2011. The new series, tentatively titled Khloe & Lamar is expected to debut in 2011 and will run for eight episodes.