4/15 UPDATE: Tabatha appeared on tonight’s WWHL and was asked whether Tabatha Takes Over would be returning. She played coy and answered with a knowing “I hope so! Wait and see!” We’ll be waiting!!!
4/8 UPDATE: Tabatha Takes Over did not appear in the renewal lineup Bravo released today.
If you’re a fan of Tabatha Takes Over, you may be wondering right about now whether it will be returning to Bravo anytime soon…or at all. I’ve been getting questions lately from some very frustrated fans who have been unable to find out anything about what’s next for Tabatha. Since Season 5 wrapped in June 2013 there has been no word from Bravo about Season 6. So, although I can only apologize that I don’t have any concrete confirmations to report, I figured it would be worth investigating to at least pass along all of the information and considerations currently available.
Regular readers know I’m always saying that the single biggest determining factor for a show’s chances of renewal are ratings. The difficulty, when it comes to Tabatha Takes Over, is that the Season 5 ratings landed her squarely on the 2013 “bubble”. The season average came in at 840,750 total viewers per episode. That’s right below the group of shows that we already have confirmation were renewed but above the group of shows that we can pretty much assume will not be renewed. So, unfortunately, we can’t know for sure whether Bravo will pickup Tabatha Takes Over for Season 6 based on last season’s ratings alone.
Now, what about how Season 5 ratings compare to Seasons 4 and 3? This should help us determine if Tabatha Takes Over viewership is trending in a positive or negative direction. As it turns out, Season 4 averaged 1,003,500 total viewers per episode and the Season 3 average came in at 1,142,143. When you look at it this way, Season 5 represented a -26.39% decline in viewership as compared to Season 3. Clearly, things are not going in the right direction for Tabatha. What could explain this dramatic drop? At least partially to blame is the Season 5 time slot: Thursday nights without any original programming lead-in. Compare this to Season 4 which aired Monday nights with The Real Housewives of Orange County as a lead-in for the majority of its episodes and it all starts to make more sense. For whatever reason, Bravo kind of gave Tabatha the shaft for Season 5.
So, do I think Tabatha Takes Over will find its way back to Bravo screens this year? I could really still see it going either way. (I know, I know…not what you were hoping to hear after all this research!) Here’s the thing: Bravo may have intentionally given Tabatha an unglamorous time slot last season because they already saw it being her last. Better to ease the show out quietly than end it on a high note with a lot of confused fans wondering what happened. This way, even though many of you would undoubtedly be disappointed if Tabatha Takes Over doesn’t return, at least it makes some sense. However, I could also see Bravo feeling like perhaps they simply made a miscalculation last season and moving it back to a more prime slot for 2014 to see what happens.
In the end, I think it really comes down to what new programming Bravo has coming down the pipeline this year. If they have a lot of promising new material they may feel it would be better to focus on developing those projects into multi-season success stories rather than roll the dice on a series which has been on the decline for a few years now. Last year, Tabatha Takes Over premiered April 4 so at least we should find out more in the next couple of months. And you know I’ll be sure to keep you posted the moment I hear anything!
What do you think? Would you like to see Tabatha Takes Over return for Season 6?