The Real Housewives of Orange County – Season 9 Ratings

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Updated Wednesday August 20th 2014, after the season finale – S09E18 of The Real Housewives of Orange County aired at 9pm on Monday August 18th 2014. Bookmark this page for our regular updates

Monday night saw RHOC’s season finale go out with a dinner and with a bang although it failed – just – to post season high ratings. However, despite this episode not recording a new season high, RHOC firmly remains as Bravo TV’s #1 rated show and for the last three weeks it has easily out rated and supplanted The Real Housewives of New Jersey from Bravo Media’s top spot. At 9pm Monday night RHOC saw its P2+ ratings remain above the 2m viewer barrier with 2,027,000 viewers tuning in. That was a small decrease of just 5,000 viewers in total from the penultimate episode’s season high of 2,032,000. The P18-49 demo decreased by a larger total; falling 78,000 or -6.62% to 1,100,000 from last week’s 1,178,000. Despite that drop in RHOC’s P18-49 viewers, RHOC managed to easily hold off RHoNJ this week by 2,027,000 to 1,717,000 in P2+ viewers and by 66,000 in the P18-49 demo; 1,100,000 to 1,034,000.

While on the one hand RHOC’s ratings have improved as the regular season episodes concluded, this season’s finale recorded ratings significantly lower than Season 8′s finale which aired just over a year ago on Monday 5 August 2013. That episode (S08E18) attracted 2,386,000 viewers in total with 1,479,000 of them aged between 18 & 49 years, thus this season’s finale fell short of that by -15.05% overall (a reduction of 359,000 viewers) and a massive -25.63% in the ad buyers preferred P18-49 demo – a loss of 379,000 of those younger viewers.

Through 18 episodes with the reunion episodes still to air, RHOC’s season-to-date average sits at 1,761,722 viewers per episode (1,006,000 aged 18-49 – Demo 0.79) and at the same stage their Eighth Season was averaging 1,884,167 total – 1,131,500 aged 18-49 – Demo 0.89. Percentage wise this season’s ratings deficit sits at -6.50% for total viewers compared with Season 8′s and in the 18-49 demo, it’s posting a larger deficit of -11.09%. The 18-49 percentage declines are also higher when compared with Season 7; down -19.03% and Season 6 -24.54%.

While those declines aren’t good, RHoC’s ratings when compared to the fourth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are lower by -3.02% overall and -0.10% in P18-49 versus at the same stage (18 episodes) but are up 38% overall and are a massive 58.77% higher in P18-49 viewers when compared with the current season of The Real Housewives of New York City.

Check out Alex McCord’s reviews & insider commentary on each episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County (starting with the most recent) here.

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

Full Season Summary

Back for a record ninth season the original Bravo TV Housewives, are back in 2014 after 50% of Season Eight’s cast were fired. Gone are Gretchen Rossi (who joined in Season 4), Alexis Bellino (Season 5) and the short lived (as a cast member) Lydia Mclaughlin who only appeared in one season. Back are original wife Vicki Gunvalson along, Tamra Barney (who joined in Season 3) and Heather Dubrow (Season 7) and they’re joined by newbies Shannon Beador and Lizzie Rovsek; both joining as full cast-members and Danielle Gregorio who joins as a ‘friend’ of the housewives.

When The Real Housewives of New York City suffered a similar number of firings between its fourth & fifth seasons, it recorded a -22.36% reduction in its total audience and a -26.09% reduction in the more important 18 to 49 year old demographic, and so it will be interesting to see whether the cast changes (which also means the loss of Slade Smiley) at RHOC suffers similar declines.

The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 9 Cast - 2014 Photo courtesy of BravoTV ©

The Real Housewives of Orange County
Season 9 Cast – 2014
Photo courtesy of BravoTV ©

The Real Housewives of Orange County” is produced by Evolution Media for Bravo, with Douglas Ross, Gregory Stewart and Alex Baskin, along with Scott Dunlop and Christopher Cullen serving as executive producers.

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  • Guest2

    The newbies of OC are a great addition. I never liked the show but tuned in more regularly once Andy ruined RHONY by axing Jill and Alex. Tamra needs to get it together and stop outing producer driven antics. I don’t think bravo should as Tamara but perhaps put her in time out like they did with Luann by making her a friend of the HW’s. The show needs one more cast member. Would like to see Jeana K back- she apparently lost a ton of weight. IMO but these shows need to mix new with old to retain an interesting chemistry. Otherwise the show tanks as evidenced by RHONY.

    • Frustrated RH Viewer

      I agree somewhat… Jill was/is awful… I would stay away from her…but yes..they do need to mix it up…it’s new york…The melting pot…they should include someone ethnic… Rona is Wearing Me thin…I See her last season coming soon if Rhone survives.

      Tampa is awful…she even admitted on WALL that she’s creating drama on purpose to get ratings…and what’s up with her plastic surgery…it’s GOD awful…she looks hard…Heather is another one that has gotten on my last nerve…she’s too uppity…self righteous…and her husband isn’t any better…Vicki wasn’t as bad as she normally is this season. I like Shannon & Lizzie…But I have a feeling that Lizzie isn’t going to be asked back on next season…As for Jeana….I detest her…she was awful as well…but it would add another dimension to the group again.

      • Frustrated RH Viewer

        <—Sorry for the typos…my phones auto correct is driving me crazy…hopefully you get the gist of what I was trying to say :-)

  • Anthony Beightol

    No ratings analysis for Jersey Belle, which airs after RHOC? Really interested to see if this show tanks (like I have a feeling it did)!