Are you missing Married to Medicine already? With Season 2 in the books, at least we can start to speculate about the possibility of Married to Medicine Season 3. The popular Atlanta-based series seemed to really find its groove this past season making a return in 2015 seem highly likely.
Over the course of its 17 episodes, Married to Medicine Season 2 followed the antics of seven women connected with the Atlanta medical community. Fans of Season 1 knew the drill: some of the women are doctors themselves (or in the case of Season 2 addition Heavenly–dentists), others are married to doctors, but all of the women enjoy the perks of doctor-salary success. Here at Bravowatch, we’ve previously commented on the thinly-veiled similarities between Married to Medicine and The Real Housewives, specifically RHOA. With Atlanta consistently leading the pack when it comes to Housewives rating success, M2M seemed like a sure bet. And, with both seasons getting a lead-in boost from the Atlanta Housewives themselves, Married to Medicine has most certainly benefited from overlapping audience appeal. This season, the ladies kept us entertained with a couples cabin trip (minus Mariah), human and doggie fashion shows, and, of course, plenty of tea spillage and shade throwing.
The odds of Married to Medicine being renewed for Season 3 are very good if we take a look at Season 2 ratings. The show’s sophomore season kicked off with a bang–clocking in with an impressive 2,397,000 total viewers. And, while Married never posted numbers that high in a subsequent episode, the season still averaged out at a very respectable 1,628,000 viewers per episode. This number represents about a 6% boost as compared with Season 1 overall. Things get slightly stickier, however, if we look at the all-important 18-49 demo audience numbers, where Season 2 actually demonstrated a loss vs. Season 1. And, as mentioned above, having The Real Housewives of Atlanta provide a lead-in, as well as its coveted Sunday night time slot, set Married to Medicine up for almost-certain success. Simon van Kempen of Bravo Ratings shared a compelling theory that Married to Medicine will, indeed, be renewed for a third season thanks to its strong ratings but that it will likely be moved to a different night in order to allow another new show to benefit from the cushy RHOA intro on Sundays.
By now, everyone is aware that Mariah Huq is an executive producer in addition to being a cast member. The self-proclaimed Queen Bee has made this fact clear to viewers as well as her costars, while still managing to maintain a certain degree of mystery surrounding just how much power she really wields when it comes to hiring and firing, as well as the future of the show. Mariah took to her Bravo blog following the the close of Season 2 where she shared a couple confusing hints about what might be in store for Married to Medicine moving forward.
First of all, Mariah assures fans that she’s sticking around and that we will hear directly from her should she decide to make an exit from the show. Then, she reminds us that she is “invested in the show” but won’t apologize for keeping the “intricate details about [her] ownership” to herself…. whatever that means. She proceeds to offer words of encouragement/apology/advice (?) to her costars and concludes with a foreboding warning of sorts: “Time to plant new seeds or grow another grove!” The metaphor refers to the reunion’s “shady grove” setting and seems to suggest that Mariah has plans to make some changes to the cast for Season 3 or, if I’m reading into this correctly, possibly start over with a whole new show. (All this despite playing coy about just how much “ownership” she really has over Married to Medicine.) It seems that Mariah would have us believe that she has virtually unlimited power when it comes to the future of Married to Medicine and, seeing has how Season 2 had her on the outs with most of the cast for most of the season, perhaps we should be concerned about just what she plans to do now.
What did you think about Married to Medicine Season 2 and how would you feel about potential major changes for Season 3?