The Real Housewives of New York City – Season 2 Ratings

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After a first season that really caught the New York media’s awareness, Bravo Media realized that that not only was the audience growing for the Real Housewives franchise but that the disproportionate media coverage in relation to their relatively small audience was great advertising for their network and thus not only was a 2nd season of The Real Housewives of New York City commissioned but casting began for a Real Housewives of New Jersey edition as well as one further south in Atlanta.

In the second season, each of the initial five housewives were retained and Kelly Killoren Bensimon, ex-wife of French fashion photographer and the former International Creative Director of Elle magazine, Gilles Bensimon to give the show some added pizzazz.

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Episode # Time Aired Date Aired Episode Name Total Audience Total 18-49
S02E01 10:00pm 17-Feb-09 There’s A New Girl In Town 1,640,000 1,230,000
S02E02 10:00pm 24-Feb-09 Hamptons Retreat…But No Surrender 1,860,000 1,410,000
S02E03 10:00pm 03-Mar-09 On Their High Horses
S02E04 10:00pm 10-Mar-09 If You Have Nothing Nice to Say…
S02E05 10:00pm 17-Mar-09 New York State of Mind
S02E06 10:00pm 24-Mar-09 Runway Run-In
S02E07 10:00pm 31-Mar-09 Kelly vs. Bethenny
S02E08 10:00pm 07-Apr-09 Game, Set, Feud 1,740,000 1,330,000
S02E09 10:00pm 14-Apr-09 Wife in the Fast Lane 1,890,000
S02E10 10:00pm 21-Apr-09 Unfashionably Late
S02E11 10:00pm 28-Apr-09 van Kempens House Party
S02E12 10:00pm 05-May-09 Charity Wives 2,030,000 1,520,000
S02E13 10:00pm 12-May-09 Reunion Special I 2,290,000 1,598,000
S02E14 09:00pm 14-May-09 Reunion Special II 1,530,000 1,070,000
Average Season 2 Reg Epi 1,670,000 1,210,000
Average Season 2 Inc Reunions 1,704,286 1,227,714
Average Season 1 Inc Reunions 1,030,000 764,000

Source: Nielsen Media Research via TVByTheNumbers & TheFutonCritic