The Duggar family was truly blessed when Jinger Duggar said yes to Jeremy Vuolo’s marriage proposal. Now that the Counting On stars are engaged, TLC will be able to turn their wedding and all the events leading up to it into ratings gold, and this may mean good things for the future of Duggars’ reality show. The family knows just how valuable a televised wedding can be, so they’ve have been busy using Jinger and Jeremy’s engagement as a promotional tool for Counting On.
It’s only been four days since stay-at-home daughter Jinger Duggar, 22, and former soccer pro Jeremy Vuolo, 28, announced their engagement, but there are already 12 posts about the couple’s big news on the Duggar Family Official Facebook page.
“Jinger just posted her first video since the engagement!” the Duggars wrote on their most recent engagement-related post.
The Facebook post included a link to the Duggar Family website. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the Duggars share videos and photos there instead of simply posting them on Facebook because they make money from the ads that appear on their website.
“This season of life is incredible,” Jinger Duggar says in the 17-second video clip below.
As the International Business Times reports, Jinger’s fiancé shared his own engagement reaction video on his website, and the Duggars posted a link to it on their family’s Facebook page. According to Jeremy, he created the video during a visit to his grandparents’ house in New Jersey. The professional athlete-turned-pastor says that he spent a few days “in the city” with Jinger before heading to their place, and the city he’s referring to is likely New York; the Empire State Building can be seen in an engagement photo published by People magazine.
“I am just so glad to be able to say that she is now my fiancée,” Jeremy says of popping the question to Jinger during their stay in NYC.
In the video below, Jeremy hints that he and Jinger are planning on a short engagement when he says that he hopes it won’t be too long before they start planning their wedding.
The earliest posts on Jeremy Vuolo’s website are dated June 15, so it was seemingly created just to promote his relationship with Jinger and the Duggar family. People announced Jeremy and Jinger’s courtship a few days later on June 20. They’ve known each other since last May, but Jeremy didn’t ask Jinger’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, for permission “to get to know Jinger better” until December 11.
Jeremy’s website also includes engagement reaction videos starring his parents and grandparents, and links to both of these short clips were shared on the Duggar Family Facebook page as part of their promo blitz. Jinger’s married sisters, Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald, also filmed videos congratulating the couple.
There’s a reason why the Duggars going overboard with all these videos and Facebook posts; they likely know about the successful social media campaigns to get companies to pull their advertisements from Counting On, and the future of their show may depend on their efforts to get fans invested in Jinger and Jeremy’s relationship. If the Duggars’ social media blitz helps the first few episodes of Season 2 of Counting On score big ratings, it might not be as easy for anti-Duggar groups to convince advertisers to jump ship.
Unfortunately for the Duggars, the timing of Jeremy Vuolo and Jinger Duggar’s engagement has aroused suspicion; there’s speculation that Jinger’s family pushed her and Jeremy together in a desperate bid to keep Counting On on the air. Duggar weddings have been ratings successes for TLC in the past, so it’s even possible that Jinger and Jeremy’s relationship has already bought the Duggars a third season of Counting On.
Season 2 of Counting On premieres August 23 at 8 p.m. ET on TLC. Do you think Jinger Duggar’s parents are using their daughter’s love life to stay on television and keep getting paychecks from TLC? Sound off below!
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