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Gene Simmons’ proposal brings in record ratings for “Family Jewels”

The season six finale of A&E's Gene Simmons Family Jewels, in which the Kiss rocker asked long-time partner Shannon Tweed to marry him, became the series' most-watched telecast of all time, with 3 million total viewers.
July 29, 2011

The season six finale of A&E’s Gene Simmons Family Jewels, in which the Kiss rocker asked long-time partner Shannon Tweed to marry him, became the series’ most-watched telecast of all time, with 3 million total viewers.

The episode racked up the series’ best numbers in the adults 18-49 and 25-54 demographics, with 1.7 million and 1.9 million viewers respectively and made A&E the number one cable network among adults 25-54 in the 10 p.m. hour, according to the network.

The series, produced by Thinkfactory Media and the Gene Simmons Company, had offered in previous seasons a light and humorous look at the Simmons-Tweed unique family dynamics, but turned dramatic in the sixth season with a focus on relationship issues between Simmons and  Tweed. During a panel discussion at realscreen’s Factual Entertainment Forum this past June, Simmons and Tweed, joined by children Nick and Sophie and Thinkfactory Media’s Adam Freeman, discussed how the season would provide more of a “warts and all” perspective than past seasons.

The drama brought in the most viewers ever for the franchise, averaging 1.2 million viewers in adults 25-54,1.1 million viewers in adults 18-49 and 1.8 million in total viewers for the season.

The next season of Gene Simmons Family Jewels, premiering on September 6 at 10 p.m. EST, picks up from the cliffhanger ending of the finale, with Tweed’s answer to Simmons’ proposal.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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