The Real Housewives of New York had the biggest cast shake-up in the history of The Real Housewives Franchise going in to Season 6. Bravo axed Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Alex McCord, and Cindy Barshop, and added Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson. What did this mean for Bravo’s ratings? A double-digit decline!
“It’s very simple: Shows like ‘Housewives’ are about ratings,” a network exec tells The Huffington Post. “It’s not a high-class show like ‘Mad Men’ that wins awards and appeals to top-notch advertisers. That’s why such a dramatic ratings drop is so devastating.”
Season 5 ratings of The Real Housewives of New York dropped 26 percent in the 18-49 demographic from season 4. Now, Bravo is deciding whether to make another cast change, or move forward with the existing cast!
“At the moment, it looks like all the ladies will be invited back, but alternatives are being discussed. Taping has been pushed back from January to the end of February until decisions have been finalized; at the moment, no cast members have been told they will be coming back,” one insider says.
“The show still gets a decent audience, plus, as the audience got to know the new ladies, ratings grew as the season progressed. The biggest question now is, will the three new ladies get a pay raise from the $40,000 per season they currently earn and will Ramona Singer and LuAnn De Lesseps be asked to take a pay cut from the $400,000 they get?” A spokesperson for Bravo had no comment about this.
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