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American Pickers Mike shares emotional post with loved one after ratings plunge

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MIKE Wolfe has shared an emotional post with a family member as American Pickers ratings plummet.

The History Channel show has seen its worst viewership yet after firing fan-favorite star Frank Fritz.

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Mike Wolfe shared a sweet photo with his daughter, CharlieCredit: Instagram/mikewolfeamericanpicker
He added an emotional caption amid a downturn in American Pickers' ratings

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He added an emotional caption amid a downturn in American Pickers’ ratingsCredit: Social Media – Refer to source

Amid the downturn, Mike, 58, has taken to his Instagram profile to share a photo with his 11-year-old daughter, Charlie.

The TV personality posed for a candid picture as he walked with his only child and their dog down the street.

The reality star sported a dark blue jacket and gray trousers while his little girl went for a light blue sweater covered in stars.

Mike and Charlie strolled along a shady sidewalk as they enjoyed the weekend together.

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The treasure hunter captioned his post: “Spring has sprung in Middle TN I feel blessed to have my baby girl by my side on such a beautiful day. Carpe Diem y’all,” with a black heart and praying hands emoji.

RATINGS WAR

The touching photo came amid American Picker’s ratings hitting a new low after the show lead admitted his fired co-star Frank Fritz “can never be replaced.” 

American Pickers returned on Wednesday, January 4, with stars Mike Wolfe, his brother Robbie, and Danielle Colby.

The U.S. Sun can exclusively reveal ratings have hit a season low, as 711,000 viewers tuned in for the Wednesday, March 1, episode. 

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The season 24 premiere kicked off strong with 943,000 fans watching.

Then, the January 11 episode had just 797,000 viewers tune in. 

Ratings were back up on January 18, as 934,000 watched, and remained in the 900,000s until February 1, then dropped down to the 800,000s through the month.

The February 22 episode declined to the 700,000s for the first time, with 713,000 viewers tuning in. 

The season 23 premiere back in January 2022 brought in a whopping 1,050,000 viewers. 

But viewers tuned out toward the end of season 23, as ratings dipped for the August 27 episode to 829,000 watchers.

The series took a week off and returned on September 10 with 928,000 viewers.

FAN BACKLASH

Fans have turned to social media to demand fan-favorite Frank back.

One person said: “American Pickers without Frank is like… hmm watching the Patriots without Brady. Kinda sucks.”

Another person wondered: “How’s Frank doing?”

A third demanded: “Bring back Frank. We miss him.”

Another exclaimed: “It’s a New Year! Bring Frank back! Please!”

MIKE’S FEELINGS

Last week, American Pickers host Mike shared that he has finished filming the current season and thanked his crew with a special live video tribute.

He then shifted the conversation to his original co-host Frank, who was fired from the show in 2021.

Mike said: “Nothing will ever replace Frank. We miss him very much like y’all do.”

HEALTH ISSUES

Frank last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episode, as he took time off to recover from back surgery.

The original cast member’s firing was announced in July 2021 despite his desire to return to the History show.

Unfortunately, Frank was hospitalized for a stroke on July 14, 2022, after a friend found him on the floor of his Iowa home. 

Frank’s friends filed an emergency appointment of temporary guardian and conservator for the star on August 18, claiming his “decision­-making capacity is so impaired.”

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He has been recovering at a rehabilitation facility

Frank was fired in July 2021

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Frank was fired in July 2021Credit: History Channel
Mike claims he misses his co-star as much as the fans do

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Mike claims he misses his co-star as much as the fans doCredit: A&E
Frank has suffered severe health issues and is in rehabilitative care

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Frank has suffered severe health issues and is in rehabilitative careCredit: History Channel

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