TLC just presented Duggar fans with an early Christmas present. Full episodes of Jill & Jessa: Counting On are now streaming online for free. The miniseries was previously only available to Duggar fans who had cable service or were willing to shell out the cash to purchase the instant videos from Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes. However, TLC is now offering the first two episodes free to interested viewers via their TLC video platform.
The first full episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On can be viewed in its entirety below thanks to TLC offering up the video on their shareable platform. The first episode begins by allowing a number of the Duggar family members to discuss the scandal involving the oldest Duggar son, Josh. The series opens with the producer asking each of the older Duggar children how their lives have changed over the last four months. Most of the answers center around Josh Duggar’s betrayal of the family and how they have coped over the last few months.
Following the miniseries premiere, Episode 2 focused on Jessa’s upcoming birth and baby shower along with a segment featuring Anna Duggar as she discusses what it was like to learn that her husband had been leading a double life. Jill and Derick also prepare to leave for Central America, but not before celebrating Jessa’s upcoming birth with a coed baby shower. The most hotly anticipated portion of episode two was likely Anna Duggar’s confessions surrounding her marriage and how she is dealing with the revelations that her husband was not faithful.
Anna seemed to indicate in the Jill & Jessa: Counting On episode that she has no plans of divorcing Josh. She said that she wants to be an “extension of God’s love to Joshua” and says that she is praying for healing and forgiveness.
“I pray through all of this that I would be an extension of God’s love to Joshua; that I would love him and forgive him. I will wait patiently and allow God to work in our hearts. My prayer and my heart’s desire is for our marriage to be restored. When you go through difficult times, it can either destroy your life or make you stronger. My purpose and my desire through all of this for each member of my family is that we would turn our hearts to God and find the grace and the help we need and come out stronger.”
The decision to offer full episodes of Jill & Jessa: Counting On to Duggar fans is interesting, as TLC will be giving fans a pass for having to purchase the content via streaming platforms. Although the Duggar series was hotly anticipated in the Duggar fan community, the network does not seem to be receiving the ratings they prefer. Therefore, offering the content free online allows viewers a chance to watch the segment while still featuring the few advertisements paid for by sponsors to garner more reach. The majority of advertisements aired during the episodes were for other TLC programs, as many sponsors have decided not to run ads on any past or future Duggar programming following the numerous family scandals. However, the few ads that are aired will receive a much larger reach thanks to TLC’s free streaming.
What do you think of the first two episodes of Jill & Jessa: Counting On? Does it surprise you that TLC decided to offer the show free to viewers? Do you think they are trying to add value to advertisers to encourage more sponsors to hop on for the final Jill & Jessa: Counting On episode?
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