The Real Housewives of New York City – Season 6 Ratings

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Updated Wednesday July 30rd 2014, Reunion Part 1 – S06E21 of The Real Housewives of New York City aired at 9pm on Tuesday July 29th 2014. Bookmark this page for our regular updates

The sixth season of RHoNY keeps on breaking records, but they’re not the ratings records that any of the cast would wish to be making. At 9pm last night 1,312,000 viewers tuned into Bravo TV with 715,000 were aged between 18 & 49 years. That’s 192,000 fewer than the finale’s season high and 388,000 less than watched Season 5′s first reunion episode. In the more important P18-49 demo, this week’s 736,000 fell 81,000 from last week’s finale and 276,000 short of Season 5′s Part 1. Sadly but not surprisingly it’s also the least watched Reunion episode in the history of RHoNY, but with two more reunion episodes left to air this season, no doubt both of those will rate lower.

One improvement that the ratings have seen these past two weeks is that the percentage of younger viewers (those 18 to 49 years) is improving. Throughout the first 19 episodes of this season the P18-49 demo has represented less than 50% of the total viewer count, but that percentage climbed to 54% for last week’s finale episode and up again to to 56% for last night’s reunion. As Alex McCord highlighted in her The Real Deal video, one of the main reasons Kristin Taekman would have been placed next to Andy Cohen, is that as the youngest cast member (by far), she is most likely to help bring in younger viewers than the other 4 cast four of whom are over 50 years of age.

The ratings table for all of Season 6′s Episodes can be seen on Page 2 has been updated.

Through twenty-one episodes of this sixth season (and with two reunion episodes still to air) this iteration of the Real Housewives franchise posted a rating’s high of 1,504,000 and a low of 1,011,000 viewers. Despite the finale setting new season highs, the season-on-season RHoNY comparisons are still significantly below those of any of their prior seasons, particularly in respect to the number of viewers aged 18 to 49 years. Worse, RHoNY’s sixth season is also rating -19.17% lower than (what at that time were regarded as) the disastrous ratings that Season 5 achieved (the full episodic ratings listing for Season 6 is on Page 2). Season-to-date this season is averaging just 1,280,143 viewers overall and 643,429 aged 18-49 – Demo 0.51. That puts this season in positive ratings territory for overall viewers only when compared with the 2008 freshman season, but even when compared with that, its ratings within the 18-49 demo have declined. The largest declines have come in the most important 18 to 49 year aged group, -23% compared to Season 1, -53% from Season 2, -52% compared with Season 3, -45% compared with Season 4 and even -26% from 2012′s fifth season.

Did this first finale your appetite for another two hours of reunion footage? Chime in, in the comment section below.

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Real Housewives of New York City – Season Reunion Ratings 2008 – 2014
Episode    Rank        Date     Day P2+ Audience P18-49 Audience P18-49 Demo
  S02E13 1 12-May-09 Tue 2,290,000   1,598,000   1.22
  S04E17 2 25-Jul-11 Mon 2,325,000   1,441,000   1.10
  S03E17 3 17-Jun-10 Thu 2,058,000   1,441,000   1.10
  S01E08 4 22-Apr-08 Tue 1,801,000   1,323,000   1.01
  S03E15 5 10-Jun-10 Thu 2,237,000   1,310,000   1.00
  S03E16 6 14-Jun-10 Mon 2,051,000   1,310,000   1.00
  S02E14 7 14-May-09 Tue 1,530,000   1,070,000   0.82
  S05E19 8 08-Oct-12 Mon 1,700,000   1,012,000   0.80
  S05E20 9 15-Oct-12 Mon 1,720,000   972,000   0.80
  S04E18 10 01-Aug-11 Mon 1,781,000   917,000   0.70
  S06E21 11 29-Jul-14 Tue 1,312,000   736,000   0.58
  S06E22 12 05-Aug-14 Tue TBD   TBD   TBD
  S06E23 13 12-Aug-14 Tue TBD   TBD   TBD

Source: © Nielsen Media Research Based on Live + Same Day Ratings via TVByTheNUmbers, TheFutonCritic, Bravo Media and or
* Indicates estimated P18-49 based on the 18-49 Demo Score

Full Season Summary

Missing from Bravo TV screens since Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New York City finished airing in October 2012, the RHoNY wives return this March. With Countess LuAnn Delesseps announcing her separation from her beau Jacques Azoulay after filming had wrapped (September 2013), the show’s producers worked hard to avoid the season appearing too dated and so edited out most references to him. The upshot of that was that so little of the Countess’s story line remained that it was announced in early 2014 that she’d lost her apple and had been demoted to ‘friend’ status.

Production was delayed while producers Bravo Media and Shed Media US analyzed why their fifth season reboot had seen its ratings fall -22.36% overall and -26.09% in the 18 to 49 year old demographic when compared with the show’s fourth season – the last which featured original Housewives Jill Zarin & Alex McCord and then held up still further while contract negotiations took place with all the returning fifth season cast members.

The Real Housewives of New York City Season 6 Cast - 2014 Photo courtesy of BravoTV ©

The Real Housewives of New York City
Season 6 Cast – 2014
Photo courtesy of BravoTV ©

After that was all worked out, filming commenced in May 2013 with a new Housewife Kristen Taekman, or as she’s now known as ‘Toolshed Taekman‘, joining the only remaining original RHoNY Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan who joined half way through Season Three and Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwell & Heather Thomson; all three who are returning for their second seasons.

The Real Housewives of New York City” is produced by Shed Media U.S with Pam Healy, Lisa Shannon and Megan Estrada serving as Executive Producers.

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

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  • guest

    It’s time to bring back Jill. That is the only way the ratings will increase next season. If they don’t bring her back, I predict in Season 7 the ratings will drop again and the show will be cancelled like Miami appears to be. Bravo is losing touch with its viewers.

  • Bryant Seely-Boyle

    You know what Simon, I’m going to apologize. I appreciate your follow-up, and understand exactly where you are coming from. I do enjoy reading the dailies…and will continue to do so. Thanks for responding.

  • Bryant Seely-Boyle

    I used to love you and Alex. I used to love this page, until I started seeing the RHONY postings, and realized your unbiased and negativity towards the show and Bravo. Get another hobby…. Tvbythenumbers puts out the same stuff…without the negative commentary. I keep trying to read this page, and you just come off as a bitter spouse of an ex cast member…that I LOVED!

    • BravoRatings


      This is a website that analyzes & reports on each & every Bravo TV show and specifically in respect to their ratings for each first run episode. Therefore my reporting is dependent on what the actual episodic ratings are. Ergo when a show’s ratings are negative, the reporting will reflect that and when a show’s ratings are positive, likewise.

      It is a fact that this season has by and large been the least watched season of RHoNY ever and particularly as far as the 18 to 49 demographic is concerned. In the most recent post I pointed out two positives in respect to the final as well as this week’s reunion episode, that the percentage of viewers aged between 18 & 49 years had climbed to 54% & 56% respectively.

      I am not the network’s PR department who only tweet or issues press releases when a show’s ratings are positive, and I report on every episode of every show.

      Perhaps you would like to write 200 to 300 words on the ratings of this week’s RHoNY reunion, while remaining factual as far as the number of viewers it had is concerned and lets see how positive you can make it sound?