The Real Housewives of New York City – Season 6 Ratings

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Updated Wednesday August 13th 2014, Reunion Part 3 – S06E23 of The Real Housewives of New York City aired at 8pm on August 12th 2014. Bookmark this page for our regular updates

Tuesday night witnessed the 23rd and final episode of this sixth season of The Real Housewives of New York City and all things considered it rated pretty well. Moved to a new time slot to make way for the 9pm premiere of the sophomore season of Below Deck, I expected that ratings would drop off precipitously, and while this was the lowest rated Reunion episode in the six seasons of RHoNY, the fact that it came within 7,000 viewers of this season’s first reunion episode is definitely a positive.

At 8pm Tuesday night 1,305,000 viewers tuned into Bravo TV with 704,000 of them aged between 18 & 49 years and both those figures were higher than this season’s average audience levels. However, the P2+ total was 209,000 fewer than the number who watched the second reunion hour but just 7,000 fewer than the 1st reunion garnered. In the more important P18-49 demo, this week’s 704,000 is smaller by 97,000 from last week’s second reunion episode and 32,000 fewer than the first.

Last night’s episode also held on to a recent improvement that RHoNY’s ratings have seen these past four weeks; the percentage of younger viewers (those 18 to 49 years) has been higher than the majority of the season. 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 the finale episode, up again to 56% for the 1st reunion, dropped back a little to 53% for the second reunion and was at 54% for the third. 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.

The season to date average for this sixth season of this iteration of the Real Housewives franchise posted a rating’s high of 1,514,000 and a low of 1,011,000 viewers. Despite the 2nd Reunion episode setting a new season high, 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 also rating -18.46% lower than Season 5 achieved (the full episodic ratings listing for Season 6 is on Page 2). Season-to-date this season concludes averaging 1,291,391 viewers overall and 652,913 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, -22% compared to Season 1, -52% from Season 2, -52% compared with Season 3, -45% compared with Season 4 and even -25% from 2012’s fifth season.

Now the conversation can turn to casting and who will, won’t, should or shouldn’t return next season and former RHoNY Alex McCord weighs in here, even touching on whether any other former RHoNY wives should be called back. Jill Zarin anyone?

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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
  S06E22 11 05-Aug-14 Tue 1,514,000   801,000   0.63
  S06E21 12 29-Jul-14 Tue 1,312,000   736,000   0.58
  S06E23 13 12-Aug-14 Tue 1,305,000   704,000   0.55

Source: © Nielsen Media Research Based on Live + Same Day Ratings via TVByTheNUmbers, TheFutonCritic, Bravo Media and or CableRatings.tv
* 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

    The reunion was disappointing, but I liked the season as a whole. I heard a rumor a couple of months back that filming for Season 7 was starting in September. That seems unlikely now given the need for a cast change. Really hope they don’t postpone too long like they did with Season 6, because this show can’t handle another huge drop in ratings.

  • Robert Finlay

    Thanks for breaking down the numbers, great job. It’s a nice ray of hope for the franchise. I hope they get another season. If so remove Aviva, reduce Sonja, reveal Ramona’s aftermath, keep the old gang, add someone young and fun, bring more sophisticated events and locations, Stir a little drama and we could have a record season.