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I started this website tracking and reporting on Bravo Media’s first run ratings, in May 2012, when I was finally free of my contractual ties with them. Theoretically, I remained under contact to Bravo Media for a period of nine months after the last episode of the fourth season of The Real Housewives of New York City aired on August 1st, 2011.

As I wrote in the original ABOUT page (below), I have always been fascinated with numbers & statistics, and given my own experience of appearing on a television show, I understood just how important they were to whether any particular show made it to a future season or not. Like most networks Bravo TV, never wanted to share the ratings of their shows with the show’s cast and back in 2008, when RHoNY first aired, ratings for cable TV shows were pretty hard to track down.


In subsequent years finding TV shows ratings has become easier and I have now built up a complete first run ratings history based on Live + Same Day ratings for every Bravo TV show that’s aired since 2008.

When I started collating and posting episode-by-episode, season-by-season tables I had no idea whether Bravo TV’s ratings would be good, bad or indifferent. But that’s one of the things I like about numbers – they are facts. Whereas a cast member of any particular TV show can simultaneously have fabulous fans and horrible haters; the ratings for the particular show they are on aren’t based on someone’s opinion but on the collective & actual total number of viewers who watched.

While I never really hid my identity and executives at Bravo Media have known since Day 1 that I was behind the site, I didn’t ‘out myself’ to a wider audience as I wanted my reporting to stand on its own merit and not have people read it through a paradigm of it being written by that weird bloke from RHoNY“.

However, last Monday, October 14th, 2013 the producers of The Real Housewives of Miami decided to address me by my real name when we were tweeting back and forth between the BravoRatings twitter account and theirs. The two main men behind Purveyors of Pop; Matt Anderson & Nate Green had been show runners on Season 2 and Season 3 of RHoNY and so I knew them from that. When they tweeted me, I’m pretty sure they thought they were being smart ‘outing’ me.

20131014 PurveyorsofPop Initial Outing tweet

However, after they got quite libelous, I realized I had nothing to hide, and so out of the ratings’ closet I came.

20131014 PurveyorsOfPopTweets Showing Links

I must say this tweet exchange reflects pretty poorly on them, but it’s also indicative of many Reality TV producers who often have a complete and utter disdain for the morons who are cast on these shows and allow their lives to be sliced & diced by these same producers. Anyway, I should thank them, as the above Twitter exchange was the impetus for me to put my own name behind this website, as well as allow me to share it to my own 100,000 followers on social media.

Enjoy the site, click around and if there’s any additional information regarding Bravo Media’s ratings you’d like to see, feel free to Tweet, Facebook or email me at Admin [at] Bravoratings.com

Simon van Kempen
20 October, 2013

Originally written May, 30th, 2012

As a kid my family called me ‘digital brain’ in recognition of my arithmetic skills which were honed in response to my fascination to numbers.  And this lead on to statistics; firstly with sports averages and then as my knowledge base grew to other areas and particularly in my late teens, I became fascinated on election nights with voter tallies; what precincts voted how, why and so on.  I would spend hours pouring over them and now I get that fix from Nate Silver on his New York Times blog Five Thirty Eight.

Some years later I found myself on a reality TV show where, frankly a show’s success is mostly judged by its ratings and I started accumulating data on the show I was on, then its co-competitors (as they developed) and then broader to the entire channel.

Over the next few weeks and months I’ll load up this site with data I’ve amassed for most Bravo TV Shows categorized into genre; program name, per season and then provide some comparative analysis.

Currently Bravo airs 5 nights of original programming and there will be daily posts Tuesday through Friday with the previous night’s ratings as well as a weekly summary posted Saturday mornings.

This is my own sort of ‘inside the beltway at the 30 Rock Bravo Clubhouse’, so if you ever wondered how the ratings for Season 3 of Real Housewives of New York (AKA SCARY ISLAND) compared with Season 1 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey (AKA PROSTITUTION WHORE!), then this is the place to visit.

Bravo Ratings can be contacted at Admin [at] Bravoratings.com

  • Brina

    Simon-

    Your site is awesome!! Keep up the good work. It is my not-so-guilty pleasure.

    Cheers!

  • http://www.fashiontvnetwork.com JT Thomas

    Great job Simon…. I’d interview Alex at NY Fashion Week in Feb. The video is airing somewhere on a Europe TV channel. Part of a new fashion lifestyle show. Keep up the great work.

  • OccupyTSA

    Great, can you get Sheer Genius, Make me a Supermodel, Being Bobby Brown, Blow out ( Jonathan), Project Runway when it was on. Etc

    • http://Bravoratings.com Simon van Kempen

      Not really, I have some episodes of some of them but all those shows are pretty much ancient history. I can tell you that the Season 4 finale of Project Runway which was won by Christian Siriano, had 5,181,000 viewers on March 5th, 2008 and of those 3,754,000 were aged 18 to 49 years. The closest that Bravo TV has gotten to that since, was Cynthia Bailey’s wedding on The Real Housewives of Atlanta which had 4,381,000 viewers in January 2011. Bravo Media haven’t exceeded 4m viewers for any hour of television since then and only have beaten 3m on fourteen times since early 2011.

  • http://www.fashiontvnetwork.com JT Thomas

    Hey…i think another cable station to check out is A &E Networks??

  • Michael Sanchez

    I LOVE this site!!!! Thank you!

    • amber

      me too, thanks for the effort.

      amber