The series premiere of WE tv's Mama June: From Not to Hot on February 24 delivered nearly 2.3 million total viewers in Nielsen's Live+3 ratings metrics, making it the highest series debut ever for the network when it comes to total viewers and key demographics.
The first episode of June "Mama June" Shannon's show was also the No. 1 cable program among women and the No. 1 ad-supported cable program in its time period, according to the network.
"At a time when so much is competing for viewers' attention, Mama June's journey is proof that great storytelling with compelling characters can break out and deliver a significant and engaged audience," WE tv president Marc Juris said in a statement.
"Mama June shares an honest, emotional and relatable story that is empowering as well as entertaining. Mama June: From Not To Hot puts the 'real' in reality."
The show's February premiere specifically brought in 2.294 total viewers, which included 1.13 million adults ages 25-54, 1.089 million adults ages 18-49, 839,000 women ages 25-54, and 802,000 women ages 18-49.
Viewers follow June on her path of self-discovery and weight-loss, as she conquers insecurities and doubts. Nutrition, training sessions, and multiple surgeries will play a big role in June dropping from a starting point of 460 pounds to a Size 4.
The next episode of the series, which airs Friday, March 3, will feature June going under the knife for weight-loss surgery.
After sticking to an all-liquid diet required after surgery, June will make a big reveal to her family. Unbeknownst to the show's star, her daughters Alan "Honey Boo" and Larynx "Pumpkin" create her an online dating profile.