ATLANTA Feb. 12, 2021UPtv, the television home for uplifting entertainment, announced today that a new season of Bringing Up Bates will premiere Thursday, April 8 at 9 p.m. ET. Bringing Up Bates is a family reality series that centers around Gil and Kelly Jo Bates and their 19 kids. Now entering its 10th season, Bringing Up Bates is full of major life moments and changes for everyone in the family. The married couples are continuing to grow their precious families as we see pregnancy announcements and gender reveals all season. Katie and Travis work on their relationship in the face of the global pandemic and may be headed for another big step. But this season is not just about the girls and their pending nuptials…will the new season finally see a Bates boy headed to the altar? There will also be fantastic birthday surprises, amazing charity work and updates on the many businesses that keep this family together and thriving.


Bringing Up Bates is a beloved series on our air and continues to perform strongly,” said Hector Campos, vice president, content strategy and programming at UPtv. “With a family as big as the Bates, the relatable, big life moments are never-ending. We’re thrilled to bring our viewers another season to follow along with one of their favorite families as the Bates enter into new relationships, announce new pregnancies and grow businesses, all while also navigating life during a pandemic.”


Bringing Up Bates had its best season ever1 in 2020 with S9 outperforming S8 by +24% in W2554 and +18% in HH2. In celebration of the new season and new beginnings, UPtv will be airing a Bringing Up Bates special on Thursday, March 25 at 9 p.m. ET. Spring is a time of new life and hope, and for the growing Bates brood, it’s no different. In this special we’ll see the new ventures, new love and celebratory moments that keep the Bates flourishing.


Bringing Up Bates is produced by Figure 8 Films, the acclaimed family reality television producers of such series as Kate Plus 8, 7 Little Johnstons and many others. Executive Producers are Bill Hayes, Kirk Streb, Deanie Wilcher and Jen Stocks. Executive Producer and Director is Matthew Hightower. Series Producer is Erin Shockey.


1L3, BUB Season 9 first run TCs vs all other Seasons exc specials HH(000), 2BUB S9 vs S8 first run TCs vs exc specials, AA(000).


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