Kandi Burruss has another hit on her hands. Her newest spinoff, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding,” nabbed brag-worthy ratings on Sunday night.
The 8 p.m. airing of the new spinoff show scored 2.4 million total viewers and 1.2 million viewers in the advertiser-coveted Adults 18-49 demographic. That means Burruss’ wedding spinoff beat all other “RHOA” spinoffs in total viewers and all key demographics, according to Nielsen ratings.
In comparison, Kim Zolciak’s “Don’t Be Tardy” debuted to 1.39 million total viewers/691,000 in ad demo in April 2012, NeNe Leakes’ “I Dream of NeNe” premiered with 1.6 million total viewers/740,000 in ad demo in September 2013.
There’s some redemption in this win for Burruss, as well. “Kandi’s Wedding” did way better than her previous spinoff, a talent competition called “The Kandi Factory,” which premiered in April 2013 to a low 671,000 viewers, with 337,000 in the ad demo.
Additionally, a little slight of hand should increase “Kandi’s Wedding” viewers even more in time-shifted viewing. By referring to the show as “The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding,” DVRs set to record “RHOA” will record “Kandi’s Wedding,” as well.
Recently, Lifetime increased “Project Runway” spinoff “Under the Gunn” ratings by using the same method in the middle of the show’s run and renaming it “Project Runway: Under the Gunn.” That resulted in a 36 percent increase in viewership.
Also on Sunday, “Kandi’s Wedding” was followed by “Married to Medicine,” which drew 1.9 million total viewers and 1 million in the ad demo. Bravo then aired preview specials for the upcoming sixth season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” at 10 p.m. and new series “Game of Crowns” at 10:30 p.m. Both will premiere on Sunday, July 13.
The “RHONJ” preview attracted 1.6 million total viewers and 848,000 in the key demo, and the “Game of Crowns” preview special scored 900,000 total viewers and 475,000 in the key demo.
Bravo’s programming on Sunday earned it the night’s No. 1 ranking among ad-supported cable entertainment networks in primetime for the advertiser demo.