This past Sunday’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which continued NeNe Leakes’ explosive argument with Kim Zolciak in Miami, gave the show its best ratings ever: 3.43 million viewers.
Locally, the show drew 228,000 viewers, one of the top 20 shows for the week in primetime, just behind WSB-TV’s “The Bachelor.”
“Real Housewives” is now averaging more viewers than it did season two, at about 2.9 million per week, and remains the top franchise among the six “Housewives” that have aired so far. The season started a bit slow in terms of viewers while airing on Monday but since its move to Sunday, the show has far exceeded its season two numbers.
There are so many franchises, Bravo is airing two at once. “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” season finale on Jan. 20 drew 2.76 million viewers, thanks to a fracas between the two sisters.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” will air its season finale this Sunday at 10 p.m., followed by two weeks of “reunion” footage shot at the Georgia Aquarium.
In other ratings news, BET’s “The Game,” shot in Atlanta, drew 5.9 million viewers in its second outing, with 337,000 viewers in Atlanta. That’s down about 23 percent from its monstrous 7.7 million debut but still an impressive figure for BET. I’m checking to see how the show did last night. The new “Let’s Stay Together,” also shot in Atlanta, held about 59 percent of “The Game” audience, which is considered mediocre retention.
And oddly, “Top Chef: All Stars” on Bravo is lagging behind recent seasons of the show in ratings despite the “all star” designation. The show drew 2.3 million on January 19 for “Restaurant Wars,” with local chef Richard Blais winning the $10,000 prize for best chef performance.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog