Record numbers tuned in for the premiere, but will the interest last 39 more episodes?

By People Staff
Updated May 29, 2009 07:00 AM
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The publicity storm around Jon and Kate Gosselin’s troubled relationship has lured millions of new viewers to their TLC series (a record 9.8 million tuned into the season premiere). But many loyal fans have been keeping up with the Gosselin gang all along, watching the twins and sextuplets grow up over four seasons of Jon & Kate Plus Eight and multiple TV specials.

So, what now? Last week, we asked PEOPLE.com readers what the couple should do in the midst of their marital strife. An overwhelming 80 percent said they should step back and re-prioritize. But with 39 episodes left in their contract this season, what will you do about the show?
– Rennie Dyball