Bravo viewers are not in a New York state of mind. While other Housewives franchises continue to flourish, the lackluster Real Housewives of New York City has been bringing in the lowest ratings EVER in the history of the show, and RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that it could soon be on the chopping block!
Though the series' stars have plenty of drama in their personal lives - cheating scandals, bankruptcies, wine throwing and cougars - all of that excitement has happened off-screen. As a result, viewers have been tuning out in increasing numbers since the first episode, which brought in a measly 1.33 million viewers -- the lowest number since the show debuted.
Now, “Bravo executives are watching the numbers closely and they are definitely considering getting rid of the New York franchise,” a source close to the production told Radar.
The ratings have continued to bomb during the season, hitting a series low of 1.2 million viewers for the fifth episode. And while they climbed in the last two weeks, the core audience that advertisers look for has fallen off drastically.
This week’s 1.46 ratings are up but there was a “64,000 viewer decrease (-8.39%) in the more important 18 to 49 year old demographic,” according to BravoRatings.com.
As the Aviva Drescher/ Carol Radziwill “Bookgate” feud fell flat and Ramona Singer’s marital problems didn’t make the cut, the show is still struggling to draw in viewers and that doesn’t bode well for the well-heeled Manhattan ladies.
“The ladies just aren’t connecting with viewers and they need something major to happen to them,” the source told Radar.
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