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How Many Millions Discovery Channel Lost After '19 Kids & Counting' Was Canceled

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When TLC pulled the plug on the Duggar’s reality show 19 Kids and Counting last month, the Duggar family and fans weren’t the only ones who lost something. Turns out, canceling the show cost the Discovery Channel $19 million, according to a Wednesday morning conference call, reported The Wrap.

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Discovery’s Chief Financial Officer, Andrew Warren, said on the call that “higher restructuring and other charges this year of $19 million, primarily due to content impairment charges of canceling TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting,” was a huge reason for their loss in earnings. And this wasn’t the first time the company took a hit. In 2014’s final quarter, the network also suffered impairment charges when another reality show Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo” was canceled due to allegations about Mama June dating an alleged child molester at the time.

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Josh Duggar resigned from his position as Executive Director of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., at the end of May earlier this year after a 2006 police report surfaced about the eldest son molesting five underage girls when he was 14. Immediately following, questions rose about the show’s survival rate after the Josh Duggar scandal surfaced, even though 19 Kids and Counting was the highest-rated show for TLC, reported The Wrap.


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