Since Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is set to return to TV, Alana Thompson and her family are likely to get a pay increase from TLC.
The Georgian family will also be getting three holiday specials – they’re being called “HOLLAday” special shows – to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, which will rake in more money for Honey Boo Boo & Co.
“Yes, they totally get a raise when more episodes are ordered,” Marianne Garvey, star of Oxygen’s reality show Girlfriend Confidential: NY tells the Huffington Post. “Usually a contract for reality stars is for two seasons but with blowout ratings, they have the upper hand. They will now get a huge raise.”
Since the reality show’s TV debut in August, Here's Comes Honey Boo Boo has averaged 2.3 million viewers an episode, managing to beat out Republican National Convention broadcasts on Aug. 19.
“We don’t comment on salaries,” a TLC spokesperson tells the website.
Honey Boo Boo & Co. are making $4,000 each episode, which is $3,000 more than The Real Housewives of New York City castmates originally started making.
"Honey Boo Boo probably makes $2,000 per episode, max," says reality TV producer Lauren Weber to the website. "This will, of course, go up with the success of the show ... and that rate all depends on ratings. A simple renewal of the series because the ratings were par for the course might be a slight bump, but if it's a huge hit for the network then the ball is in the talent's court and they can usually throw out a number that the network will try their best to meet ... Until it's a hit, sadly no one makes much [including the production companies]."