Kim Kardashian's Love Is a Ratings Game

For fans of the Kardashian family, Wednesday's double whammy of news was as juicy as they come. First, Kourtney Kardashian announces she's pregnant again with Scott Disick's baby. Then, Kris Humphries drops the bombshell that he's filing to annul his 72-day marriage to Kim, citing fraud. Now the reality family has had its fair share of news bombshells over the years -- Kourtney's first unplanned pregnancy, Khloe and Lamar's shotgun wedding, and Kim's engagement and wedding to Humphries. But with two headline grabbing stories leaked in one day, I'm wondering, is Kris in on the game, and are we the viewers actually the victims of fraud?

It just seems more than coincidental that two major Kardashian-related headlines were announced just three days after the season 2 premiere of Kim and Kourtney Take New York. Why couldn't Kourtney announce her pregnancy next week? Why did Kris wait until this week to file for annulment, nearly one month after Kim's original divorce filing?

Kris is apparently claiming the marriage and subsequent divorce filing was all a ratings ploy concocted by Kim. But what if Kris is also in on the game, and cited fraud this week to keep viewers on their toes. Was the marriage real or not? Well, you'll have to tune into Sunday's next episode of Kim and Kourtney to try to figure it out... and that's exactly what they want... to keep viewers guessing... and to keep viewers tuned in.

While the idea that Kris Jenner spends her Monday mornings in some dark room reviewing E ratings from the night before and plotting her next big move seems crazy... there are numbers to back up this theory. The Kadashian empire lost more than one million viewers between the October 9th premiere of Kim's Fairytale Wedding and Sunday's premiere of Kim and Kourtney Take New York. While about 4.4 million viewers tuned in to see Kim and Kris say "I do," less than 3.2 million viewers tuned in to see Kim and Kris' brief wedded bliss Sunday night.

Maybe, disappointed by the drop in viewership, Kourtney announced her pregnancy this week so viewers will want to see how her relationship with Scott plays out and Kris filed for annulment to keep viewers wondering about the marriage, all in hopes of boosting ratings for the rest of the season. Maybe with two news bombshells the family is hoping to get back to their all time high of 4.7 million viewers, from the season 5 premiere of Keeping up with the Kardashians last year.

So how do we put a stop to this cat and mouse game? How do we once and for all banish the Kardashians to reality star has-been heaven, where Heidi Montag, Jon Gosselin and Octomom all live? We stop watching them... plain and simple.

I'd love to say I'll lead the charge and tune into Pan Am Sunday instead, but who am I kidding, I'll still be watching to see what Kris did to make Kim cry this week. Damn you Kris Jenner... you have us right where you want us!