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Canceling '19 Kids & Counting' cost Discovery $19 million (and counting)

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In a perfect numerical symmetry that suggests the universe is intelligently designed with a built-in sense of ironic humor, TLC canceling 19 Kids & Counting has cost the cable network $19 million — and counting.

Discovery Communications CFO Andy Warren noted the loss on the company’s second-quarter earnings report conference call Wednesday, citing a deficit from “higher restructuring and other charges this year of $19 million primarily due to content impairment charges from canceling TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting.”

Since the reality show following a heavily populated Christian family was TLC’s top-rated series, losing the prospect of future seasons will presumably impact the company’s bottom line in the future as well (thus, “and counting”). 

TLC performed the difficult act of canceling its top earner last month due to fallout surrounding eldest son Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal. TLC plans to continue to work with the family for a documentary about child sex abuse.

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