I hate to say it, but things aren’t going so well in Bravo land right now, Bravoholics.
Simply put, Bravo was banking very hard on the thought that Teresa Giudice returning to the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and restarting the show after a 2-year hiatus would make for an epic season premiere that would rake in the viewers.
But that wasn’t the case. At all.
Promotion for the upcoming season has been in full effect, with all of the Bravolebrities pumping up the premiere on social media, going on press tours, etc…
Heck, even Andy Cohen himself has been absolutely gushing about the return of the show, and teasing fans along the way in hopes of promoting the premiere.
He also went on to advise Bravo viewers to keep a box of tissues handy, because they’re going to need them.
Now, you’d think that the #HypeTrain would be insane, and that the Real Housewives of New Jersey season 7 premiere that aired on Sunday would be the highest rated Bravo show in freakin’ history after all the hype, and all the drama surrounding everything.
You’d be wrong.
The ratings for the episode have been released, and you’re going to be shocked at the numbers when compared to past season premieres:
- Season 1 premiere – 1.7 million viewers
- Season 2 premiere – 2.3 million viewers
- Season 3 premiere – 2.8 million viewers
- Season 4 premiere – 2.9 million viewers
- Season 5 premiere – 2.8 million viewers
- Season 6 premiere – 2.1 million viewers
- Season 7 premiere – 1.7 million viewers
As you can see, the season 7 premiere attracted as many viewers as the very first episode of the show ever, before any of these Bravolebs were known, before any of them had an audience, before any of them were established, and before all of the drama.
That hurts, Bravoholics.
There’s no disputing the fact that Bravo took a major hit, and it looks like one of their cash cows has finally ran out of milk.
I guess we’ll see if ratings continue to increase over time, but this was one of the most hyped, and you’d think one of the most anticipated episodes of #RHONJ ever.