Did you watch this last season of Flipping Out? If so, you were among the shrinking number of loyal fans who tuned in to watch Jeff, Jenni, Zoila & crew’s antics this season. Season 7 saw its ratings dip to lows not recorded since Season 2 aired in 2008. Eeesh. So, have we seen the last of Flipping Out on Bravo? Let’s take a closer look:
First of all, I should probably disclose that I’ve missed a few seasons of Flipping Out. I did watch Season 7 in its entirety but haven’t been a regular watcher since probably the 2nd or 3rd season until now. While I have caught episodes here and there in between and have stayed up to date on the major plot lines, I can’t really compare Season 7 to recent seasons. So, cut me some slack if you feel my analysis of this season is out of context, but hear me out.
To me, Flipping Out Season 7 seemed to consist of a series of potential plot lines that sort of failed to really take off. At one point it seemed that Jeff was about to sell his house and get back in the flipping business, an exciting prospect which would have brought the show full circle back to its roots. Despite the consistent title, Flipping Out hasn’t been about actual house flipping in years. But nope, despite building up this possibility for several episodes, in the end the idea just fizzled. Another teased plot twist which never actually happened was the issue with Andy’s inappropriate behavior. All season I was expecting one of his many antics to finally get him axed (and the fact that Jenni alluded to “employee turnover” being the most surprising thing about this season when I spoke with her prior to the premiere had me convinced it was coming). After all the build up all we got was a confusing tantrum from Andy at the retreat.
I suppose it’s important to remember that Flipping Out, perhaps even more than other reality shows, is just about what’s happening in the day-to-day reality of Jeff’s business. So, while I can’t really fault anyone for not making exciting enough business decisions to make for interesting TV, it could pose a problem for the show’s future.
Whatever the reason, a lot of past season’s regulars failed to tune in this time around. Season 7 fell below the important million viewer average, clocking only 966,500 viewers per episode. Compare this with Season 6 which pulled in an average of 1,141,333 viewers per episode or Season 5 which boasted 1,346,364 and the downward trend is pretty blatant. Besides the arguably lackluster Season 7 plot lines, the extended gap between the 6th and 7th seasons could also be partly to blame for the ratings loss.
So, what does all this add up to when it comes to the potential renewal of Flipping Out for Season 8? My guess is that whatever Flipping Out’s fate, we almost definitely haven’t seen the last of Jeff Lewis or Jenni Pulos on Bravo. Their other show, Interior Therapy, actually brought in more viewers for its 2nd season than did this most recent installment of Flipping Out. We also have no word yet about Interior Therapy being renewed for Season 3. Jeff and Jenni were both invited to the 2014 NBC Upfront Presentations to represent Bravo and appeared in this year’s Summer By Bravo campaign. Clearly Bravo sees a future with this dynamic duo. My guess is that Flipping Out will be back but we may see some changes or possibly a new day or time to try and get ratings back up to par.
What do you think? Would you like to see Flipping Out return for Season 8?