‘Real Housewives of New York City’ Season 6 Premiere Ratings Down 20 Percent (Updated)

'Real Housewives of New York City' Season 6 Premiere Ratings Down 20 Percent (Updated)


Wednesday's return saw a double-digit percent decrease in viewership over the previous year's premiere for the Bravo show

Despite the buzz of last year's big showdown between Bravo and “The Real Housewives of New York City” cast, the Season 6 return failed to match last season's premiere numbers.

Tuesday's premiere episode earned 1.3 million total viewers with 657,000 of them in the advertiser-coveted Adults 18-49 demographic.

The good news is that Bravo saw an increase of 33 percent in total viewers and 24 percent in the key demo for the time period.

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The bad news is that it failed to match the audience for last year's premiere episode. In total viewers, it saw a 20 percent decrease (versus 1.7 million) and in the key demo it saw a huge 33 percent decrease (versus 974,000).

Last season, “RHONY” saw the biggest cast change in “Real Housewives” franchise history when it replaced four castmembers. It then subsequently lost an average of 460,000 viewers or 23 percent of its audience from the previous season.

This season, it demoted one original castmember, LuAnn DeLesseps, to a recurring role and added a new fulltime castmember Kristin Taekman, a model and mother of two. If the ratings continue to slide this season, it remains to be seen how Bravo will mix up the cast once again.

Note: An earlier version of this article mistakenly stated that there was a 24 percent decline season-over-season. It has been corrected to a 20 percent decrease.

  • needtosay

    I honestly think the problem is that they adverstised nothing but wall to wall fighting and arguing. I think viewers are over that. I think we want a glimpse of the lifestyles of the rich and maybe a little bit of drama. I think Bravo and the real housewives franchise has gotten carried away with all the fighting and arguing. It is a major turn off to many viewers. In addition to that I think it was a big mistake to fire Luanne.

  • keepinitreal

    It doesn't feel real anymore. Which is okay if it's still entertaining, but it's not that either.

  • keepinitreal

    I watch reality TV for those “you can't make this stuff up” moments. This whole thing feels made up. And it's way too earnest. Not sure whether to blame producers or Bravo or both.

  • SandyJ42

    Real Housewives of Atlanta is the best Housewives franchise hands down. They are the highest rated for a reason. RHONY just cannot compete no matter how many times Bravo switches the cast.

  • JW

    Guess What? The reality horse has left the barn, the genie is out of the bottle, it's all over for reality. Viewers know it is all fake, planned, mostly scripted. nThank the Kardashians for that. So in that case, who cares about anyone on this cast? Seriously. I actually feel bad for Sonja's daughter. She has to attend school with a Mother acting like a whore on national TV. Ramona is the new Jill Zarin, everyone hates her.