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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ breaks yet another franchise record in ratings

CREDIT: Bravo

CREDIT: Bravo

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.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

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Pelvis Messley

January 27th, 2011
9:00 pm

I noticed that Miss Dwight Eubanks was again not on the show this past Sunday. Has he been fired from the show?

Robin Robinson

January 27th, 2011
10:43 pm

Sorry, but this show is so NOT Atlanta. It is crazy how we are represented! Basically, white trash vs Black women trying to get famous. Very sad that this has continued. The other shows actually show some women with class rather than women screaming and pulling wigs. They are making the women of Atlanta look dumb and uneducated. Please let this be the last season of them!

mamaj

January 27th, 2011
11:08 pm

Robin please, anyone of any intelligence, knows that these women do not represent Atlanta–and furthermore, you obviously haven’t really watched any of the other housewives show, or you’d know that these women are as shallow and catty as the Atlanta women–they just have a little more money. I watch the Beverly Hills one also, and believe me, having money does not make them look like girl scouts. It’s all for entertainment and that’s ALL it is.

Kapoonka

January 27th, 2011
11:11 pm

It’s the epitome of mindless, escapism entertainment. No way anyone can watch this and be devoid of opinions and emotions. Love it or hate it…it is a successful show.

Bert

January 27th, 2011
11:16 pm

Robin, I couldn’t agree more. Makes me ashamed to say I’m from Atlanta.

KimZ'spackage

January 27th, 2011
11:43 pm

I guess everybody wants to watch what Trashy African Americans will do next. I would slap Nene so hard she would have some real color back in her face that all that lite make-up couldn’t hide.

Chaz

January 27th, 2011
11:48 pm

Hmm let me see now…trash trash and more trash. I said this to wife and it struck a cord with her. How can women specifically black women expect respect when we allow ourselves to be petrayed and paid money to act like complete idiots for a national audience. We scream, march, and protest every single thing under the moon, but when it comes to dignity towards our women, we go hide and say its great entertainment.
I would be appalled to allow my daughter to watch such defication on television. There is a time when stereotyping cease to categorize all black women, OH and the one white woman on the show. How do black men stand up and say here is my proud black women when the media makes them out to be loud mouth, cigarette smoking, hair coloring bi–ches..Really, its an insult to the REAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFES, who are professionals on thier job and committed wifes to thier husbands.
Oh by the way WHO’s MARRIED ON THIS SHOW AGAIN????????????

Annette

January 27th, 2011
11:50 pm

Bert, thank you….it chaps my butt also, they do not represent anything peroid from the south.

Joy

January 27th, 2011
11:50 pm

I must agree with Robin. This show is showing such a bad taste of Atlanta women. I am surrounded by many women with just as much money or more, living in million dollar homes, lavish lifestyles and they wouldn’t think of behaving this way. Not a chance! What a travesty that people watch this and think this is Atlanta? REALLY? It’s a disgrace to say to least. I suppose people like to watch superficial women stab each other in the back, show NO MANNERS at all when invited to someone’s home (NeNe… she’s off the charts rude). This is far from being a classy woman in Atlanta… guess if it draws attention to that many, there are lots of others who condone this behavior. One hour of this is more than enough! Just sayin… terrible depiction of TRUE Atlanta women!

Seriously?

January 28th, 2011
12:12 am

I had been unable to escape the hype which seems to be everywhere regarding this spectacle. I have never viewed any of these shows until this last episode. I could only make it through 20 minutes and it only made me frustrated that it was 20 minutes of my life that I can’t get back. How sad for our culture that not only do sponsors support this tripe but that people actually plan time to view it on a regular basis. This Kim chick is something else (and NO I don’t want what you have because I don’t think you have much). I pray that these women are guided by someone with some sense and never let their children view this horrible programming. Probably the funniest line I heard was the black chick saying “there are things you just don’t say to a black woman”. What an idiot (oops ….is that one of those things). You’re not special honey, like all the others you are bought and sold. Good luck to their kids. Hopefully they don’t end up as warped as their mother’s.

Alternate programming

January 28th, 2011
12:14 am

I think an autopsy would be more entertaining

It'sCslledEntertainmentPeople

January 28th, 2011
12:17 am

We pay to watch what we want! RHOA we love you!!!

EntertainmentPeople

January 28th, 2011
12:19 am

We pay to watch whatever we want! When you start paying our bills…we will watch what ever you want! Get over it haters or change the channel.

Busy Bee

January 28th, 2011
12:34 am

Oh female Black folk – why so much shame?? We are who we are, wether we’re educated, professionals, scholars, forward thinkers, monied gentry or…not! Remember, we’re ALL individuals and no one else represents you – YOU REPRESENT yourself! So, why be ashamed or upset etc when someone not like you or how you feel your race/gender/town should be ‘represented’ is featured on a show?? Remember, we’re all individuals – you’re NOT responsible for someone else’s behavior because they are your race or gender. Just represent for yourself! So hold your head high and carry yourself the way you choose and just let NENE be NENE! Why would ANYONE see a resemblence in you…and if you’re still upset because you feel people see a little NENE in you, well, maybe that’s what you’ve displayed….just saying!

Barker

January 28th, 2011
1:05 am

It’s funny that the RHOA is the highest rated of all of the Housewives series, considering that most of the cast isn’t rich (or married). I wonder what that says about viewers who enjoy the series, that they don’t mind watching the lives of people who pretend like they have money, over the lives of people who have two pennies to rub together.

godoggo

January 28th, 2011
2:07 am

Wow….You know when you’ve seen that show “Cops” and they bust some drunk sot passed out on the street ?

You know when you go into one of Pano’s or another fine Restaurant and see someone being absolutely LOUD, abusive, and rude to the wait staff…..and then leave 5% gratuity ?

You know when your in the Club at Chops and see some woman you know with someone other than her husband ?

You know when your in Lenox on Saturday and it is overun with LOUD and obnoxious Creaton of every race color and creed ?

Now, most of you remember how your Mom told you how NOT to act ?

Do everything opposite of what these devoit of human substance people do….anotherwards……If anything, Realize how you Never want to be……the Clampetts had more class than these people. Such a shame……

Holler if ya hear me ?

Just me

January 28th, 2011
2:31 am

I used to work Grady ER. Lots of black nurses, doctors, techs, and other staff. Most of them are class acts, especially the ones from Nigeria and Jamaica…oh I miss you folks. But we had some that could be just as low down, and trashy acting and talking as the ones from this show. One on one, they were ok, but get them in a group together, and omg, all the blackness showed up and classy went out the hallway. We had a lot of patients and their families that acted as bad as the Nene’s on this show too. Most of them were on welfare. It is a shame that people think this is a good thing, and their upbringing, or lack of it, just perpetuates this kind of behavior, and then there are those who do know better, but somehow think that the show makes it ‘ok’ for them to act this way. The men of this culture don’t seem to be all that either. But until you learn self-respect, and act accordingly, your treatment will always be second class, no matter how you dress it up.

Gresham Brown

January 28th, 2011
3:39 am

german

January 28th, 2011
5:11 am

thanks “BUSY BEE” , what an intelligent post.

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January 28th, 2011
6:01 am

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January 28th, 2011
6:25 am

People like to watch STUPID people. What can you say?

i love kim

January 28th, 2011
7:04 am

Jealousy in this blogging

January 28th, 2011
7:05 am

Everyone knows this is pure entertainment with a bit of truth. All of the negative comments assert your ignorance and jealousy. Most of you are quick to demoralize African-Americans if they join in on the money making ventures. We reward and award actors and actresses for their acting skills in an astronomical way. Some of their behaviors outside of the screen is atrocious—take Charlie Sheen for example. We pay to be entertained. Why complain about it!!!!!!!!!!!! I enjoy watching RHOA because I know it’s entertainment.

ANGEL

January 28th, 2011
7:08 am

It amazes me when I think of other cultures. Only in the African community do we still air our business for the world. @Chaz @busy bee you are hit it on the head exactly. We are just getting over Aunt Jemima, now Precious, and the Atlanta Housewives. I live in Atlanta and African American women act exactly like these women. When the repo man, divorce, and forclosures happen it is called trying to keep up with the Jone’s . BTW the young lady that robbed the bank trying to keep up with the life:-Go figure!

ANGEL

January 28th, 2011
7:10 am

Where are the Asian housewives, Hispanic housewives, we have just got rid of the Aunt Jemima, now Precious. @Chaz and @ Busy Bee you said it best! I am sick of Oprah exploitations as well!

DrJ

January 28th, 2011
7:10 am

@just me….Grady ER is IN THE HOOD AND SERVES THE HOOD….how are you going to extrapolate your experiences from Grady as if you are now an expert on black culture?!?! Get a job at Piedmont and then come back and tell us how black people “behave” . I worked at Grady ER and it was the MOST ghetto medical experience i ever had of working in approx 20-30 hospitals during my med school/residency years….hope that gives you some insight into your “experience” …you dont know ANYTHING about black males/culture to make your generalizations.

I now work in Piedmont, Alabama….u want me to make generalizations based on the white people there?? I would not DARE.

DrJ

January 28th, 2011
7:15 am

also, its TV you all…..something about this show brings out the hater in blacks and whites….its a tv show, thats all. not a social commentary, not a blueprint for your life, not supposedly representative of your city/state….

..next time someone not from here asks if Atl is like on RHOA look them in the eye and say “you know that just a tv show” …..watch how silly their expression looks, watch them retract their statement.

Sabrina Johnson

January 28th, 2011
7:22 am

I’m on your side JUST ME I know just what your talking about.

Deb

January 28th, 2011
7:26 am

Nene is threatening to quit the show… which will mean that the abrasive, rude B*)#%’s 15 minutes of fame will be OVER!!! She will be replaced with someone more interesting…. Love Kandi and the other new housewives..

free

January 28th, 2011
7:28 am

godoggo, classic!

Class Act

January 28th, 2011
7:29 am

This fascination with reality shows took off with the Flavor of Love and has not stopped yet. It has nothing at all to do with class. People watch as shown by the ratings and with this the women accomplish their goal – a paycheck! Unfortunately the real housewives of any city are dealt a blow because the first requirement is to be married and role models for their children and communities. The fact that Sheree was married to an athlete and had access to millions and never educated herself or acquired personal wealth; NeNe and Kim were able to attach themselves to men that for a limited time finance their shallow lifestyles until they were broke but the women share the same character; Phaedra, an entertainment attorney got pregnant mariied and controls a young criminal that needs her finances; Kandi has money and sense will likely be the next casulty of leaving the show for better things; oh and the latest addition seasoned model will marry an older financially strapped man neither of which contributes much to the show; all accompanied by women and others that seek fame by addining themselves as walkup housewives. Anyone with with a minimal amount of common sense would never view these women as anything other than well paid clowns trying to make a living. There is a reason they are not married.

DrJ

January 28th, 2011
7:32 am

@Sabrina you and @Just Me need to come out to my place…im an ivy league educated physician with hundreds of black friends like myself….we can show you e-bigots what black people are really like…especially black people with $$$…yeah i said it. Oh, first let me ask you what college you went to, what your parents do, and what you do for a living…you might not meet our standards!

…you all pray there is a race of people lesser than yourself so you can feel good about you….I know white people from Harvard that wouldnt even make eye contact with you e-bigoted losers….yup i said it again.

Class Act

January 28th, 2011
7:41 am

It is unfortunate that Atlanta is a melting pot of people from all over the world arriving with diverse backgrounds and cultures. It should be noted that Kandi is the only character on ROHA that is actually from Atlanta. And even with wealth, there is new money and old money. Old money usually is accompanied by class and good breeding, new money is what you see here and with others – rappers, athletes, entertainers. You cannot buy class either you have it or you don’t.

Stop Frontin'

January 28th, 2011
7:55 am

I guarantee you that people who say they don’t watch show, watch the show. I bet those who hate and criticize it, watch it too. You’re not fooling anybody. Because honestly, taking time to comment on a show you don’t like makes me think you’ve been watching the show to not like it. So stop frontin’. By the way, RHOA doesn’t need to make Atlanta look bad. Atlanta does a fine job making itself look bad on its own.

Another Look

January 28th, 2011
8:00 am

@ JUST ME – no disrespect to you, however, you should braoden your circle of black people. If your basis on ‘typing’ blacks or ‘the blackness’ (that ’showed up’) is based on impoverished health care workers who are perhaps one generation removed from the welfare roll call, you’re cheating yourself and underserving society in general. What you were observing in the ER was most likely poor people taking their first step to better their lives by getting off welfare. Unfortunately, when you’re raised from generations of poverty and destitution there isn’t a refinement course that comes with it. Through socialization, hopefully they and their children will be and do better. We can hope. But don’t believe this is relegated to ‘black’ people. Poor is poor in any culture and exhibits very similar behaviors. I’ve seen many, many, black, white, yellow and brown NENEs….and like NENE, several of them were NOT even poor!

Class Act

January 28th, 2011
8:08 am

Atlanta is a great city and for those who don’t like it, the airport has return flights to wherever you’re from, the buses and trains run daily and the interstates are open! Reality TV is Reality TV it’s entertainment at its best.

If you are confident in yourself, your culture, your accomplishments, this show cannot change that. As successful people no matter what culture, these characters do not represent you. I watch and laugh along with the rest of America and I am delighted that this does not represent who I am or my firends and family. Anyone that would sterotype anyone based has problems of their own.

Yadda yadda yadda

January 28th, 2011
8:12 am

I absolutely adore The Real Housewives of Atlanta – really, ALL the HOUSEWIVES – my stations stays glued to BRAVO – except for the occaisional CRIMINAL MINDS break and of course HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE and KING OF QUEENS reruns!!!! With the stress of my work, I need good laughs! I’m just waiting for NENE to bust our before, DURING or after one of her famous arguments singing ‘I’M DRINKING RUM and RED BULL….’ Nothing would make my year more! Pure entertainment people! Gotta LOVE IT!!! and it’s CHEAP!

Yadda yadda yadda

January 28th, 2011
8:15 am

I absolutely adore The Real Housewives of Atlanta – really, ALL the HOUSEWIVES – my station stays glued to BRAVO – except for the occaisional CRIMINAL MINDS break and of course HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE and KING OF QUEENS reruns!!!! With the stress of my work, I need good laughs! I’m just waiting for NENE to bust out before, DURING or after one of her famous arguments singing ‘I’M DRINKING RUM and RED BULL….’ Nothing would make my year more! Pure entertainment people! Gotta LOVE IT!!! and it’s CHEAP!

John Brown

January 28th, 2011
8:21 am

Who cares, it’s just a dumb show; watch if you like, and if you don’t like, don’t watch. Why make this into a political/socioeconomic show?

DT

January 28th, 2011
8:21 am

@ Another Look …………………PERFECTLY SAID!

Chelle

January 28th, 2011
8:22 am

Any black woman of Atlanta that says the show is a representation of them/Atlanta…then something is wrong with YOU..It’s just a TV SHOW…you allow these people to come into your home every week and you’re still COMPLAINING…WHY WATCH THE SHOW?????I enjoy watching the show and the Women on RHOA do not represent who I am…Once again if you don’t like the show don’t watch it…HAVE A GREAT DAY/WEEKEND :)

georgiapeach

January 28th, 2011
8:27 am

Thanks DrJ. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Digusted with Black Men in Heels wearing Purses

January 28th, 2011
8:37 am

What the hell is up with Atlanta’s black men? Do you queers know how a farce you’ve made of the city that used to be known for the birthplace of MLK? You’ve desicrated this man’s legacy and turned Atlanta into Gaylanta! I’ve been living away from the A for 13 years and this ish is utterly nonsense!

drk

January 28th, 2011
8:41 am

drj quit frontin homeboy

Billy Ray Valentine

January 28th, 2011
8:55 am

DrJ is a uncle Tom ….. yeah I said it.

Scarlett

January 28th, 2011
8:57 am

Dr. J: Obviously, they didn’t teach English grammar at your “ivy league” school.

Billy Ray Valentine

January 28th, 2011
9:00 am

Did he say Ivy League?

Surely he meant Ivy Street.

jesse

January 28th, 2011
9:08 am

YOU GO GIRLS KEEP IT REAL YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL