‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Scores Highest-Rated Season Premiere

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The show’s sixth season debut helped “Real Housewives of Miami” and “Watch What Happens Live” to double-digit increases

Bravo’s most-watched show, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” returned on Sunday for Season 6 and it powered the evening’s shows to double-digit audience increases.

Atlanta’s premiere started the evening big at 8 p.m. with 3.1 million viewers and its highest-rated premiere episode among the cable network’s key demographic Adults 25-54, with 1.9 million viewers in that demo.

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Bravo reports that the Atlanta premiere gave it the No. 1 slot in ad-supported cable during the 8pm hour among all key demos. The network also delivered its best primetime and total day ratings since April, according to Nielsen numbers and the network’s announcement on Tuesday.

Sunday’s episode wasn’t the series’ most-watched season premiere. That would go to Season 5, which barely edged out Sunday’s episode with its 3.2 million viewers back in November of last year.

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Bravo should be thankful for the lift that “RHOA” gave its other Sunday night shows. The lead-in boosted “The Real Housewives of Miami” at 9 p.m. to 1.4 million total viewers versus the previous week’s 764,000, a 45 percent increase. Season 3 averages about 1 million viewers over its 13 episodes, according to BravoRatings.com.

“RHOA” kept on giving when castmembers Kenya Moore and Kandi Burruss appeared on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” at 11 p.m. The show scored 1.2 million total viewers, a 36 percent increase over the previous Sunday’s 773,000. That pushed “WWHL’s” Sunday average to 789,444 total viewers, the talk show’s most-watched night of the week.