The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – Season 1 Ratings

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The sixth of the Real Housewives’ franchises saw a return to the West Coast where the original, Orange County, was spawned back in 2006. After several years of marketing these shows as containing very wealthy women Bravo finally lived up to their billing, with the casting of this series. Evolution Media were given the task of producing Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and this was the first time that one production company produced two RH franchises. Evolution Media are also the producers of the Orange County franchise.

As was to be expected with this location, the cast contained both former child actresses as well as the wife (or soon to be ex-wife) of a very well known TV actor. Add in the British ex-pats, the Vanderpumps, some casino money as well as the requisite wannabees in Taylor & Russel Armstrong, and the stage was set for an explosive first season.

Cast of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
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After a bit of a slow start – the first 3 episodes only rated between 1.2m & 1.5m, the cast soon caught their groove and they ended their freshman season with the 13 regular episodes averaging just over 1.9m and and both reunion episodes rating around 2.6m.

This first season featured sisters Kyle Richards & Kim Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof and Taylor Armstrong and was produced by Evolution Media for Bravo with Douglas Ross, Greg Stewart, Kathleen French, Dave Rupel and Alex Baskin as executive producers and Toni Gallagher as co-executive producers.

Episode# Time         Date          Episode Name Total Audience 18-49 Demo
S01E01 10:00 PM 14-Oct-10 Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wealthiness 1,534,000 0.80
S01E02 10:00 PM 21-Oct-10 Chocolate Louboutins 1,423,000 0.70
S01E03 10:00 PM 28-Oct-10 Plenty of Baggage 1,238,000 0.70
S01E04 10:00 PM 4-Nov-10 It’s My Party and I’ll Spend If I Want to 1,866,000 1.00
S01E05 10:00 PM 11-Nov-10 I Would Never Say That 1,745,000 0.90
S01E06 10:00 PM 18-Nov-10 The Art of War 1,815,000 1.00
S01E07 10:00 PM 2-Dec-10 My Mansion Is Bigger Than Your Mansion 2,022,000 1.10
S01E08 10:00 PM 9-Dec-10 Charity Cases 1,910,000 1.00
S01E09 10:00 PM 16-Dec-10 The Dinner Party From Hell 2,174,000 1.10
S01E10 10:00 PM 23-Dec-10 Payback’s a Bitch…Just Ask Your Husband 1,810,000 1.00
S01E11 9:00 PM 6-Jan-11 How to Behave 2,160,000 1.10
S01E12 9:00 PM 13-Jan-11 Turn, Turn, Turn 2,313,000 1.10
S01E13 9:00 PM 20-Jan-11 Unforgivable 2,755,000 1.40
S01E14 9:00 PM 27-Jan-11 Reunion Part I 2,552,000 1.30
S01E15 9:00 PM 1-Feb-11 Reunion Part II 2,690,000 1.40
S01E16 10:00 PM 8-Feb-11 Lost Footage 1,597,000 0.80
S01E17 10:00 PM 15-Feb-11 The Dinner Party From Hell: Producer’s Cut 1,121,000 0.50
Season Average 1,925,000 0.99
Season Average Excluding Lost Footage 2,000,467 1.04
Season Average Excluding Lost Footage & Reunion 1,905,000 0.99

Source: Nielsen Media Research via TVByTheNumbers and/or TheFutonCritic