Is ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ Canceled? Why Some People Think the Show Is Ending

It might be hard to believe, but Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been on TV for over a decade. The reality show about the exploits of Kris Jenner and her brood premiered way back in 2007. It helped turn Kim Kardashian and her sisters into celebrities, and it changed the way we watch TV. But could the Kardashian-Jenners time in the spotlight be coming to an end?

Some people think the show is on the ropes

The Kardashian family
Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, and Kris Jenner at the 2018 E! People’s Choice Awards | Todd Williamson/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

After 15 seasons on E!, some are wondering if the show could be on its last legs. Ratings for KUWTK have dropped over the years. The last season’s finale, which aired in December 2018, attracted just 851,000 viewers, down from 1.3 million for the season premiere. Both numbers are a significant decline from earlier seasons, which brought in millions of viewers.

Why aren’t people interested in keeping up with Kris, Kim, and the rest of the Kardashians? For one, fans no longer need to watch the show to stay up to date on all the drama – they simply have to follow all the KUWTK stars on social media. Others have grown tired of what they perceive as conflict that’s been manufactured for the show. There’s even speculation that the Khloe Kardashian-Jordyn Woods cheating scandal is just a fake story line created to raise interest in the upcoming season.

Some speculate that fame has destroyed the Kardashians appeal. “They’re not relatable anymore, and that’s probably why viewership is so low,” said Mia Torti of Life & Style in a video from last fall.

Will the Kardashians survive?

While rumors fly that KUWTK might be canceled, the show isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Season 16 will premiere March 31 on E! And the family has a contract with E! that will keep them on the air for a while longer. In 2017, the network renewed the Kardashians’ deal, agreeing to keep them on the air through 2020, Variety reported at the time.

Whether the current Kardashian drama works to improve ratings remains to be seen. If the number of people watching increases, they may get to keep their show. But if viewership continues to slip, there’s always a chance that the network will decide it’s time to move on once it comes time to renegotiate the family’s contract.

Then there’s the chance that some members of the family will decide to bow out of the show in the future. Radar Online talked to a Kardashian insider who claims that Kim, Kourtney, Kendall, and Kylie are considering quitting the show that made them famous. But momager Kris is reportedly not willing to give up KUWTK without a fight.

What to expect from the new season of KUWTK

Those who do tune in to the new season of KUWTK can expect to see the family facing an array of challenges. Kim and Kanye are expanding their family via surrogate, while Khloe is adjusting to being a new mom. Kourtney and Scott Disick are navigating their complex relationship, while Kylie is focused on raising her daughter Stormi. Kendall and the rest of the family confront the devastating wildfires that ravaged Malibu last fall, and Rob concentrates on caring for his daughter Dream.

Season 16 of Keeping Up with the Kardashians premieres Sunday, March 31 at 9/8c on E!