The Real Housewives of Miami Season 3 finished up last week and, in case you missed it and/or have been living under a rock, the reunion was utter insanity! I had the chance to speak with Alexia Echevarria on Tuesday before the reunion part 1 aired and boy was she not kidding when she told me it would be like no other Housewives reunion ever. There were accusations of hard-partying, prostitution, gay husbands, and even more that went unsaid thanks to the ladies not wanting to go “below the belt”. Even the makeup artists got involved back-stage! Andy Cohen looked like he could barely stand being in the midst of all the back-and-forth.
But what did viewers think? According to TV by the Numbers’ ratings, The Reunion Part 1 brought 1.07 million viewers and Part 2 saw 1 million viewers. Season 3 overall saw the worst ratings yet for the Miami ladies and, in fact, the worst-ever ratings for any Real Housewives season since 2006. To put it in perspective, less than half as many people tuned in for RHOM Season 3 as RHONJ’s 5th season, which also ended recently. Ouch…
Those numbers don’t seem to bode well for the chances of seeing RHOM Season 4 get the green light anytime soon. Rumors have been circulating that we will hear about cancellation soon but at this point we have nothing concrete to go on. When I spoke with Alexia it sounded like she was looking toward season 4; we talked about what she’d like viewers to see more of and whether she thinks there needs to be casting changes. But, of course, the Housewives probably know about as much as we do right now. Here’s what Lea Black had to say recently in an interview with RumorFix:
“In previous years they never made the decision until mid January or later. I am not speaking on behalf of anyone but my personal understanding is that they evaluate iTunes sales, on demand, Direct TV, reruns, Tivo, and all the data. To my knowledge no decisions have been made.”
So, perhaps there’s still hope for RHOM Season 4? If anything should give us a reason to hope it was that crazy reunion. The ladies really brought their drama A-game and, while it was not a very pleasant day for any of them, it may just have saved their reality TV lives. Some of them, anyways. What would REALLY surprise me is if we saw the same cast for Season 4. My guess is that Bravo will want to give Miami a pretty major shakeup casting-wise and see how that plays out for one more (perhaps shorter) season. That being said, I’d be hard pressed to pick which Housewives should go. My first thought is to maybe get rid of Joanna Krupa and Lea Black to get away from some of the division that’s been plaguing the current cast. But with Lea the proclaimed HBIC (Head B**** In Charge), would they really want to get rid of her (and her celebrity-soaked annual Gala to boot)? I’m sure these are the questions running through Bravo producers’ minds right now.
What do you think? Should Bravo bring back The Real Housewives of Miami for Season 4? And, if so, which Housewives do you think should go?