The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – Season 2 Ratings

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After a pretty successful freshman season, all the 1st season wives returned to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for a second season and two ‘friends of the housewives’ were added to the guests; Brandi Glanville & Dana Wilkey. The airing of the 2nd season was complicated by the suicide of Taylor Armstrong’s husband Russell who died August 15th, 2011. The 2nd season premiere had already been scheduled for September 5th, 2011, and Armstrong’s death caused great consternation within Bravo HQ on how they would proceed with the show. Ultimately its airing went ahead after several re-edits, and the premiere was viewed by almost 2.2m viewers before dropping substantially for subsequent episodes. It took until the 11th episode to exceed its 2nd season premiere ratings. After 20 regular episodes of season two, RHoBH averaged 2,186,950 viewers (1.09 in the 18-49 demo) which was a 14.80% increase & up 9.34% in the demo versus Season 1.

This second season featured sisters Kyle Richards & Kim Richards, Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof and Taylor Armstrong in addition to the two ‘friends’ mentioned above.

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The series is 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.

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Episode# Time         Date          Episode Name Total Audience 18-49 Demo
S02E01 9:00 PM 5-Sep-11 Back to Beverly Hills 2,183,000 1.20
S02E02 9:00 PM 12-Sep-11 Blame it on the Altitude 1,555,000 0.80
S02E03 9:00 PM 19-Sep-11 Rocky Mountain Highs and Lows 1,709,000 0.90
S02E04 9:00 PM 26-Sep-11 Gossip Girls 1,878,000 0.90
S02E05 9:00 PM 3-Oct-11 $25,000 Sunglasses?! 1,966,000 1.00
S02E06 9:00 PM 10-Oct-11 Let the Games Begin 1,912,000 1.00
S02E07 9:00 PM 17-Oct-11 Game Night Gone Wild! 2,104,000 1.10
S02E08 9:00 PM 24-Oct-11 The Opposite of Relaxation 2,106,000 1.10
S02E09 9:00 PM 31-Oct-11 Otherwise Engaged 1,689,000 0.90
S02E10 9:00 PM 7-Nov-11 Your Face Or Mine 2,139,000 1.00
S02E11 9:00 PM 14-Nov-11 Tempest in a Tea Party 2,315,000 1.10
S02E12 9:00 PM 21-Nov-11 The Great Divide 2,063,000 0.90
S02E13 9:00 PM 28-Nov-11 Adrienne’s Fashion Show 2,260,000 1.10
S02E14 9:00 PM 5-Dec-11 Malibu Beach Party from Hell 2,195,000 1.00
S02E15 9:00 PM 12-Dec-11 A Book, a Bachelorette, and a Breakdown 2,349,000 1.10
S02E16 9:00 PM 19-Dec-11 Uninvited 2,437,000 1.20
S02E17 9:00 PM 2-Jan-12 Leis and Lies in Lanai 2,591,000 1.30
S02E18 9:00 PM 9-Jan-12 A Day Late, an Apology Short 2,500,000 1.20
S02E19 9:00 PM 16-Jan-12 Night of a Thousand Surprises 2,762,000 1.30
S02E20 9:00 PM 23-Jan-12 The Real Wedding of Beverly Hills 3,026,000 1.60
S02E21 9:00 PM 30-Jan-12 Reunion I 2,850,000 1.50
S02E22 9:00 PM 6-Feb-12 Reunion II 2,396,000 1.20
S02E23 9:00 PM 13-Feb-12 Reunion III 2,141,000 1.10
S02E24 9:00 PM 16-Feb-12 The Lost Footage 1,007,000 0.50
Season 2 Average 2,172,208 1.08
Season 2 Average Excluding Reunion & LF 2,186,950 1.09
Season 1 Average 1,925,000 0.99
Season 1 Average Excluding Lost Footage 2,000,467 1.04
Season 1 Average Excluding Lost Footage & Reunion 1,905,000 0.99


Source: Nielsen Media Research via TVByTheNumbers and/or TheFutonCritic