The Real Housewives of New Jersey – Season 5 Ratings

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UPDATED at 10:30am on Tuesday October 22nd with ratings for S05E22 – Season 5 Tell All Part 2

Back in its regular Sunday time slot, the second part of the Lost Footage AKA Secrets Revealed AKA Tell All bounced back from Monday’s Tell All Part 1 low, as 1,509,000 viewers (760,000 aged 18 to 49 years) tuned in at 8pm; scoring scored 0.60 in the 18-49 demo. We’ll be back with further analysis and then end of season wrap up later today.. And that wraps up the lowest ever rated season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and no doubt will presage major changes for their season six.

With confirmation that Caroline Manzo has been given a golden handshake spin-off pilot and strong rumors that Dina Manzo’s return pushes her sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita aside, the only things unknown seem to be whether Richard Wakile has been demoted to a part time Househusband and his wife Kathy Wakile will soon be ranked as merely a ‘friend’ of the Housewives.

Season Five ends after 22 episodes averaging just 2,289,636 viewers per episode; 1,307,455 of them aged 18 to 49 years old, and scoring 1.03 in that 18-49 demo. That’s a drop of -14.09% versus last season for total audience and -19.52% in that advertiser preferred demographic. Still it bears confirmation that even at these reduced ratings, this season of RHoNJ still had more viewers than every other season of every other franchise member, asides from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which returns in two weeks. But in television like in business, you are judged on your own prior year’s performance and in that regard this season of RHoNJ has done poorly.

How would you improve it next season? Should the blame fall fairly at the feet of producers Sirens Media and Bravo Media themselves or is the cast at fault? Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

For Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fans, its 10 year reunion which aired at 9pm, was viewed by 865,000 viewers and scored 0.30 in the younger (18-49) demo.

Full Season Summary

2013 sees the fifth season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey as it catches up with two of its more senior franchise members; RHoNY and RHoA who’ve already aired five seasons. Through nine episodes RHoNJ is showing a slight downward trend in ratings when compared to its Season 3 and Season 4 ratings. This season the total audience, aged two years and over, has declined just 1.97% versus last year and a smaller 1.26% when compared with 2011’s Season 3, however, in the advertiser important 18 to 49 year demographic; ratings have fallen by a much larger percentage; 12.61% – 1,416,500 viewers aged 18-49 per first airing versus 1,620,889 when compared with Season 4.

With the news of the 39 count indictment of its main star, Teresa Giudice and her husband handed down in July 2013, Bravo Media will no doubt see these declines reversed over the next few weeks given all the publicity this iteration of the Real Housewives franchise is now receiving. Given that there will be approximately another 15 episodes still to air, Bravo should now be confident of exceeding prior years’ ratings.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 5 Cast - 2013 Photo courtesy of BravoTV ©

The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Season 5 Cast – 2013
Photo courtesy of BravoTV ©

The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is produced by Sirens Media, LLC for Bravo Media. Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, Valerie Haselton Drescher, Lucilla D’Agostino, Jackie Stemple and Lenid Rolov serve as executive producers. It stars Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo & Kathy Wakile and is set in and around Franklin Lakes, NJ.

The entire episodic ratings for this season can be seen on Page 2

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