Which Bravo TV Shows Will or Won’t Be Back in 2014?

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Back in April, 2013 when Bravo Media were planning their annual Upfronts presentation to advertisers, they issued a press release announcing their 2013 programming slate as they Greenlit 17 New and 18 Returning Unscripted Series for the coming year. Taking which shows that had aired in 2012 plus those in the first quarter of 2013, that hadn’t gained a series renewal, it was fairly easy to deduce the ratings cut off level which defined success or failure for shows that aired on Bravo TV.

Our article on Which Bravo TV Shows from 2012 Won’t Be Returning, has remained in the top 10 stories read each day on BravoRatings.com, and so I thought it was to time rank Bravo Media’s 2013 television shows, so we could all see at a glance, which shows from 2013 are unlikely to be around come 2014.

The top rated show from 2012 that didn’t make it as far as 2013, was Around the World in 80 Plates, an expensive to produce competition food show, which in its only season averaged 750,600 viewers per episode, of which 431,700 were aged 18 to 49 years. Pregnant in Heel’s second (and last) season attracted a slightly higher number of viewers aged 18-49; 440,200 out of its season average viewership of 722,400, but it also wasn’t renewed for a subsequent season.

As 2013 has progressed Bravo Media have started immediately publicizing a show’s renewal and of 2013’s freshman shows to already get the green light for a second season we have; Vanderpump Rules, Married To Medicine, Newlyweds; The First Year and Below Deck.

In the table below we have ranked each Bravo TV series that has aired all or part of a season in calendar year 2013; by viewers aged 18 to 49 years, and color coded them as A Definite For Renewal, Still A Slim Chance of Renewal and lastly Gone & Best Forgotten.

In the latter category; Eat, Drink, Love with a paltry 215,750 viewers in the 18-49 demo after it was relegated to a non prime time slot for its last three episodes, earns Andy Cohen’s jackhole award, despite it initially being given a prime time Sunday night debut slot and airing on Sunday’s after RHoNJ. Of completed series, just beating out EDL, was Property Envy which like EDL failed miserably and midway through its season was also pulled from Bravo Media’s prime time schedules.

This year witnessed the complete demise of Bravo Media’s once heralded Fashion By Bravo programming. The original Project Runway network which once attracted 5,181,000 viewers in 2008 for its fourth season finale saw The Rachel Zoe Project, It’s a Brad, Brad World and The Dukes of Melrose all slumping to be in the bottom ten rated shows of this year and attracting barely one tenth of Bravo Media’s former fashion audience. Last week’s debut of Rihanna’s Styled to Rock is showing no improvement on those three and is currently the second lowest rated show of 2013.

I am also certain that LA Shrinks The Kandi Factory and Chef Roble & Co won’t be back next year.

The shows that I regard as being in programming limbo include two well rated shows, both Real Housewives spin-offs ; Nene Leakes’ I Dream of Nene: The Wedding and Tamra Barney’s Tamra’s OC Wedding. Both of these series drew ratings strong enough for a second season but without the new births and young families that Bethenny Frankel & Kim Zolciak brought to their sophomore seasons, Nene & Tamra probably lack commanding solo story-lines. And it’s looking that despite the impending birth of Zolciak’s twins, a full season order of a third season of Don’t Be Tardy won’t be forthcoming either.

That leaves the shows that rated in no mans land; neither great nor dreadful that didn’t immediately upon their conclusion get a renewal. The one’s currently sitting on the Bravo Bench are Princesses: Long Island, Interior Therapy and Tabatha Takes Over Their fate will be determined based on the strength of the new programming pitches that Bravo Media have received and now just have to sit & wait.

Prior to its season finale I had placed The New Atlanta as a possible renewal contender but after its finale slumped losing 47% of its prior episode ratings, it’s final season average has put it almost definitely in the Bravo Media programming scrap heap.

Lastly, The Real Housewives of Miami coming in eighteenth place, proves that this Real Housewives’ iteration has after three years been unable to find its own footing. For that reason alone I am sure this season will be its last, lest it continue to damage and bring down the mega dollar making Real Housewives brand that has been the most important profit center to NBCUniversal & owner’s Comcast.

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This table is updated to include all programs & episodes that have aired through and including Tuesday, October 29th, 2013.

Bravo TV Cancel/Renewal Ratings Predictions 2013
Rank Series Season Premiere Day Audience 18-49 Audience Status
1 RHoA 5 7-Oct-08 Sun 3,100,208 1,902,333 YES
2 RHoNJ 5 12-May-09 Sun 2,289,636 1,307,455 YES
3 Shahs of Sunset 2 11-Mar-12 Sun 1,928,154 1,155,231 YES
4 RHoBH 3 14-Oct-10 Mon 1,966,955 1,151,500 YES
5 RHOC 8 21-Mar-06 Mon 1,898,227 1,128,091 YES
6 Married to Medicine 1 24-Mar-13 Sun 1,579,000 931,083 YES
7 Vanderpump Rules 1 7-Jan-13 Mon 1,485,700 865,100 YES
8 Top Chef – Seattle 10 8-Mar-06 Wed 1,438,235 797,471 YES
9 Below Deck 1 1-Jul-13 Mon 1,315,091 771,636 YES
10 I Dream of Nene 1 17-Sep-13 Tue 1,533,143 731,286 ??
11 Tamra’s OC Wedding 1 2-Sep-13 Mon 1,371,333 677,333 ??
12 Millionaire Matchmaker 6 22-Jan-08 Tue 1,092,308 635,769 YES
13 Top Chef – New Orleans 11 8-Mar-06 Wed 1,246,250 635,750 YES
14 Don’t be Tardy 2 26-Apr-12 Tue 1,070,833 626,583 ??
15 Newlyweds: The First Year 1 6-May-13 Mon 1,042,125 612,875 YES
16 Million Dollar Listing LA 6 5-Aug-08 Wed 1,273,083 590,750 YES
17 Million Dollar Listing NY 4 7-Mar-12 Wed 1,067,417 578,250 YES
18 RHoM 3 22-Feb-11 Mon 992,333 561,667 No
19 Princesses: Long Island 1 2-Jun-13 Sun 892,400 517,100 ??
20 Fashion Queens 1 17-Mar-13 Sun 979,222 No Info YES
21 Top Chef Masters 5 10-Jun-09 Wed 985,300 502,000 ??
22 Tabatha Takes Over 5 20-Aug-08 Thu 840,750 463,667 ??
24 Interior Therapy 2 14-Mar-12 Tue 1,052,600 459,000 ??
23 The New Atlanta 1 17-Sep-13 Tue 869,250 457,750 No
25 LA Shrinks 1 4-Mar-13 Mon 673,000 406,125 No
26 Kandi Factory 1 9-Apr-13 Tue 718,125 398,500 No
27 Chef Roble & Co 2 4-Dec-11 Wed 720,375 385,250 No
28 Rachel Zoe Project 5 9-Sep-08 Wed 642,125 358,375 No
29 Million Dollar Decorators 2 13-Nov-12 Wed 651,375 328,500 No
30 It’s a Brad, Brad World 2 2-Jan-12 Tue 570,375 314,875 No
31 Dukes of Melrose 1 6-Mar-13 Wed 495,167 263,917 No
32 People’s Couch 1 6-Oct-13 Sun 473,000 No Info ??
33 Kathy 2 19-Apr-12 Thu 417,167 231,583 No
34 Property Envy 1 9-Jul-13 Tue 537,500 231,083 No
35 Styled to Rock 1 25-Oct-13 Fri 472,000 223,000 No
36 Eat Drink Love 1 11-Aug-13 Thu 386,000 215,750 No

Source: Nielsen Media Research via TVByTheNumbers, TheFutonCritic, SonOfTheBronx and/or Bravo Media and is based on Live + Same Day Ratings on Initial Airing

  • Michelle T

    PLEASE bring back Interior Therapry and LA Shrinks, they were the best. I also thought the People’s Couch was hilarious and creative – instead of another Housewife series – so done with pretentious people.