It seems that The Real Housewives of Atlanta
has emerged as the most successful Real Housewives
franchise thus far. The show was Bravo's first docu-drama ever to break the 2 million viewer mark among adults 18-49. The series also averaged 1.13 million adults 18-49 and 1.495 million total viewers, with the reunion special garnering the title as the highest rated Real Housewives
franchise telecast ever among adults 18-49 and total viewers, with 2.055 million adults 18-49 and 2.817 million total viewers tuning in. Given its groundbreaking performance, it's no surprise that Bravo has decided to renew the hit series.
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"The level of engagement on Atlanta
far surpasses a typical series on cable or broadcast, with our viewers deepening their connection to the show through live wireless chats, daily blogs and additional footage online," Bravo executive vice president Frances Berwick said in a statement. "This, along with the colorful personalities of our housewives, helped drive the series to a watercooler sensation."
The third series in the docu-drama format following The Real Housewives of Orange County
and The Real Housewives of New York City
, The Real Housewives of Atlanta
follows five women from Atlanta's elite social circle as they deal with their careers and busy domestic lives. It stars Linnethia "NeNe" Leakes, DeShawn Snow
, Sheree Whitfield
, Lisa Wu-Hartwell
and Kim Zolciak
In other news, NeNe Leakes
has decided to speak out against a "huge misunderstanding" that resulted in reports that she and her husband, Gregg Leakes, were evicted from the Duluth home they were shown living in during the Bravo reality show's first season.
"The recent rumors alleging that my family faced an eviction are a huge misunderstanding and grossly inaccurate," Leakes said in a statement released by Bravo on Thursday.
"I am truly blessed to enjoy a wonderful life and lifestyle. We have indeed moved to another home, but we did so on our own free will. We live in an absolutely beautiful home and we are fortunate to be able to live in the place of our choice," she added.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of Bravo)