The Real Housewives of Orange County – Season 9 Ratings

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Updated Tuesday July 22nd 2014, after S09E14 of The Real Housewives of Orange County aired at 9pm on Monday July 21st 2014. Bookmark this page for our regular updates

Following the precipitous ratings decline of Bravo Media’s current Sunday night headline show; The Real Housewives of New Jersey, last night’s fourteenth episode of RHOC was in a great position to attain the rank of Bravo TV’s #1 rated show this week – a feat it achieved but it didn’t. At 9pm last night 1,684,000 viewers tuned in, some 41,000 fewer viewers than watched last week’s thirteenth episode, however the P18-49 demo decreased my a large amount from a last week’s P18-49 demo ratings of 0.81 to this week’s 0.70. That equates to an actual 18-49 viewer total decline of 134,000 from last week’s 1,027,000 to this week’s 893,000. While RHoNJ second episode scored 1,642,000 viewers in total Sunday at 8pm and therefore fewer than RHOC in the overall P2+ demographic, its audience skews younger and 994,000 of its viewers were aged between 18 & 49 years whereas RHOC only had 893,000 in that demo – (its third lowest of this season’s 14 episodes)

Through 14 episodes RHOC’s season-to-date average each week is falling further away from Season 8′s and is now averaging 1,707,143 viewers per episode (966,571 aged 18-49 – Demo 0.76). At the same stage their Eighth Season was averaging 1,820,786 total – 1,099,357 aged 18-49 – Demo 0.87. Percentage wise this season’s ratings deficit has now increased to -6.24% for total viewers compared with Season 8′s and in the 18-49 demo, it’s posting a larger deficit of -12.08%. The 18-49 percentage declines are also higher when compared with Season 7; down -22.24% and Season 6 -27.49%.

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 -6.03% overall and -3.92% in P18-49 versus at the same stage (13 episodes) but are up 31.22% overall and are a massive 50.37% higher in P18-49 viewers when compared with the current season of The Real Housewives of New York City.

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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  • SonnySky

    Tamra, Heather and Vickie shelf life is dusty and old and mean girls. It gets too old. They do not change the story line just the people they are mean too. Heather used to be happy just to be mean to hubby but this season expanded the horizon. They need new blood and Lizzie is great for starters.

  • Scott Williams

    Lizzie has yet to really make a presence on this show past her initial appearance. They waited 4 or 5 episodes to introduce her, and she’s only had her own storyline, nothing really involving the women too much, she’s rarely active or shown in the group events. While she is fun and interesting, you don’t find yourself remembering her, good or bad, after an episode, but you remember the other 4.

    I think Bravo is trying to use her in an effort to not completely lose the idea of the first few seasons of the OC, before the shows being increasingly conflict ridden and focused more on arguments and drama than on the events of the ladies lives, as was the case in the first 2 or 3 seasons.

    I do not like Shannon at all. She is an overly emotional fake, the overly exaggerates everything that occurs. Give her a few seasons and she will be as bat shit crazy as Aviva Drescher and Danielle Staub.

    Heather is frankly the only reason I ever watch this show. She is intelligent, well spoken, and doesn’t create any drama for creating it that way Shannon, Vicki, and Tamra do. Heather has her moments, as do we all, but she is far and away the best of the bunch, and one of the best in the whole series.

    I do not miss Gretchen and Alexis at all and I would not miss Vicki either. I actually think the show would improve if Vicki left. Her storylines have been played out time after time, and you can only take so much of her on again off again wishy washy relationship with Brooks. Granted the editing of time gaps is heavily skewed and one episode sometimes spans several months, it’s impossible to keep up with them. One minute Vicki says they are not together. 15 minutes later she’s booking a vacation get away for them.

    Vicki is done. And I think Tamra is starting to run her gammit as well. My hope is that Heather and Terry decide to move back to Los Angeles since he is establishing a practice there, or at least one for production of Botched, and Heather moves to the Beverly Hills cast.

    • SonnySky

      So like Heather and try to find a wife like her if you do not have one yet ,who will boss you around and shake her finger in your face and tell you that you cannot have onion rings or do not be loud and have fun at a party and have to make her leave the room so she can gossip in quiet and on an on she goes but she decided to expand her horizons to Shannon this season. But then it as all a set up with Tamra, Vickie and Heather, Now I understand why Heather said it was always me, Tamra and Vickie as friends.