With season one of Teen Mom 3 officially in the books, speculation has begun about whether the show will come back to MTV for a second season. Right now, there’s no definitive word from MTV — and it seems it won’t be a cut-and-dry decision.
The biggest factor that plays into whether any show will get renewed or canceled is its average ratings. As far as those go for Teen Mom 3, significantly fewer people tuned in than for Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2. Specifically, Teen Mom 3 averaged a rating around 0.7 for the key 18-49 demographic. In contrast, the preceding Teen Mom shows had an average 1.5 rating.
However, it gets tricky when comparing the Teen Mom shows. The first two shows were such lightning-in-a-bottle successes for MTV that ratings for Teen Mom 3 essentially had no place to go but down. Plus, the show is a certified win compared to the other unscripted shows MTV debuted this season: Big Tips Texas only pulled in 0.4 on it’s premiere night. Scrubbing In was similar. With an average 1.0 rating, Snooki & JWoww was also only marginally better than Teen Mom 3.
Even if MTV opts to bring Teen Mom 3 back, there may be another four other obstacles in the way: Briana DeJesus, Katie Yeager, Alex Sekella and Mackenzie McKee.
As The Ashley’s Reality Roundup exclusively reported, multiple cast members were so upset with the show’s editing that they don’t want to return for another season.
“I don’t think anyone wants to,” said one cast member who asked to stay anonymous. “But it still isn’t confirmed.”
Briana’s mom, Roxanne DeJesus, was less concerned with who knew her feelings on the matter. During the Teen Mom 3: Finale Checkup With Dr. Drew, Roxanne seemed to indicate her family wouldn’t come back for a second season.
I can't wait for the reunion to be over. I just want to move past this BS… And start the next chapter of our lives.
— Roxanne Dejesus (@Roxy991Roxy) November 18, 2013
Matt McCann, Alex’s ex-boyfriend, has also been resistant to the show from the very beginning — but reportedly didn’t have a say in the matter because his mom signed the release contract before he was 18.
“I tried not being on film as much as I could,” he tweeted in July. “Personally I would have loved to disappear but I couldnt. Mtv should go back to the music. Reality tv sucks.”
One cast member who does seem eager to sign on the dotted line for season No. 2? Mackenzie. Before the finale episode, the expectant mother tweeted everyone should tune in because “you all depend on season 2.”
Would you like to see a second season of Teen Mom 3?