For Immediate Release
AND BIGGER THAN EVER! Network Renews the Hit Original Series
for a Seventh Season to Premiere January 4
The new season captures life’s biggest moments for the Bates family including an engagement and wedding!
ATLANTA – September 28, 2017 – UP TV, the entertainment destination that showcases stories about modern American families and the relationships that define them, announced today that it has renewed hit reality series Bringing Up Bates for a seventh season after solid growth with season six was capped off with its strongest episode of the season1. Led by devoted father Gil and his loving wife Kelly Jo, the Bates do everything in bulk while staying true to their values and rules for the family. On the heels of the 2016/17 broadcast TV season being the network’s best ever in P18-49 (+10% LSD)2, UP has ordered 26 episodes, which is the largest season episode order to date. The new season will premiere Thursday, January 4 at 9 p.m. ET.
“With 31 people covering three generations now in the Bates family, each day is full of surprises, love, humor and new memories,” said Timothy Kuryak, svp unscripted development and production, UP. “This new season of Bringing Up Bates will take viewers on a journey full of some of life’s biggest moments including the highly anticipated engagement and marriage of Tori Bates and Bobby Smith as well as job changes, new relationships and new surprises! The Bates continue to deliver on the promise of feel-good, positive entertainment.”
In the new season of Bringing Up Bates, the Bates continue to add to their family. From Tori and Bobby’s wedding planning to Carlin’s impending courtship to Josie’s growing relationship to possible babies on the way, love is in the air for the Bates. And lately, their simple rural lifestyle in Tennessee is in a flurry of transitions as this remarkable and ever-expanding family continues to navigate life’s trials and triumphs. Whitney gets her real estate license, Chad takes on a new opportunity, Michaela and Brandon move into a new house and continue their fertility journey and the Bates are in full wedding prep for Tori and Bobby’s upcoming nuptials.
The UP original series Bringing Up Bates is produced by Figure 8 Films, the acclaimed family reality television producers of such series as Kate Plus 8, 7 Little Johnstons and many others. Executive Producers are Bill Hayes, Kirk Streb, Deanie Wilcher and Mary Wilcher. Executive Producer and Director is Matthew Hightower. Series Producer is Erin Shockey.
1Source: Nielsen, LSD, BUB S6 premiere telecasts ex specials, W1849 & W2554 (000).
2Source: Nielsen, LSD, UP Total Day, 16-17 Season (09/26/16-09/24/17) vs prior seasons, %increase vs 15-16season, P1849 (000).
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