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Is the Kardashian reality TV dynasty failing? Sunday night was the premiere of the long awaited and heavily promoted Kourtney & Kim Take Miami

The Kardashians signed a $40 million dollar deal with E! last year to unveil a slew of reality shows over the next three years. Part of the deal included spinoffs from Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Another part of the deal included increasing their shows from 30 minutes long to one hour. 

Unfortunately ever since they nailed the massive contract – and despite tons of publicity surrounding their personal lives – ratings have been consistently stagnating. The season finale for season 7 of KKUWTK which aired in September and culminated with the birth of Kourtney Kardashian's daughter Penelope was the highest-rated episode of the season with a rating of 3.6M total viewers.

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That's the exact same number of viewers they scored in the finale of S6 when Kris Humphries proposed to Kim Kardashian with a $2M ring. 

The Kardashians took the fall off to film KKTM (and talk about themselves to every media outlet who would give them the time of day) which premiered this Sunday to disappointing ratings, landing only an average 2.161 total viewers. 

Perhaps it's because the hour-long show of Kim whining and Kourtney complaining is competing with some serious crazy. Real Housewives of Atlanta crazy, that is! The highest-rated of the Housewives series dominated over Kardashians scoring  3.252 viewers in the highly coveted 18-34 age slot. 

RHOA ratings have been increasing all season and consistently trumping other cable shows airing at the same time. So with ratings slinking along and people tiring of their personal dramas – which are over-saturating the media – do we think this is the beginning of the end for the Kardashian's reality television domination? Or is that just wishful thinking on my part?

Plus with Kim creating a baby with Kanye West, who is opposed to parading their child on reality TV, could she be bowing out to his demands and leaving her personal life off the show? I'm pretty sure the Kardashian empire couldn't survive without Kim, especially because if she decided against it Kris Jenner would spontaneously combust! 

[Photo Credits: Alex Martinez/Bravo & E!]

TELL US – WOULD YOU RATHER: RHOA OR KKTM? DO YOU THINK THE KARDASHIANS WILL EVER DISAPPEAR?

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