US: Lesbian family drama produced by Jennifer Lopez sees viewership surge for second episode
A television drama featuring a lesbian couple and their family, on the US ABC network has seen a massive surge in ratings for its second episode, despite conservative groups protesting against it airing.
The ABC Family drama, The Fosters, is executively produced by Jennifer Lopez’s production company, and was heavily criticised by adamantly anti-gay conservative campaign group One Million Moms.
It features a biracial lesbian couple raising their mix of adopted, fostered, and biological children.
On Monday, it was cable’s number two scripted programme in the 9pm slot for females aged 12-34, seeing an increase of 20% from its premiere to 798,000 viewers. It was also up 20% in total viewers, at 1.70 million, compared to 1.42 million previously.
Some have suggested that conservative campaign groups to have the show take off air could have aided the improved ratings in its second episode.