Ratings and Rumors Hit Home for 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'
It was the reunion special that did it for The Real Housewives of Atlanta.  The strategy was simple for the showrunners, relying heavily on drama and the conflicting nature of the ladies they cast in the show.  With much of the hype dragging in viewers for that single episode, the ordeal brought about much success.

It's no surprise that audiences tuned in to the hit series.  The Real Housewives of Atlanta was packed with petty arguments among the privileged, a recurring and popular theme in this day and age.  Viewership for the reunion special easily outdid its previous season finale, and produced more than double the average ratings for the season. 

The November 25 special averaged a household rating of 2.55, and obtained 2.8 million viewers.  As Nielsen Media Research data has shown, the series managed to rise 27% higher than the 2.2 million who watched the finale.  The Tuesday night episode also achieved a whopping 115% rise over its season average of 1.31 million watchers. 

Network officials also noted that the reunion marked the first time a Bravo docu-series transcended their 2 million level.  That installment alone also became the No. 1 telecast for the day among adults 18 to 49 and adults 18 to 34.  The network therefore garnered the title for No. 1 cable network in the 9pm hour among those demos and total viewers. 

The Real Housewives of Atlanta also shared its triumph with its sister show, The Real Housewives of Orange County.  Serving as a lead in to the latter's third season, the series was able to top the numbers in the Real Housewives franchise records. 

With all the achievements that the reality series is accumulating, it's no surprise that they're hoping to branch out.  Rumors have circulated that executives are moving the show to Las Vegas, working on a fifth installment.  According to sources, the producers are currently on the planning stages of a spin-off called The Real Housewives of Las Vegas.  There hasn't been any confirmation from the network itself, but it seems as though casting people have already been scouting the streets for the new show.

-Maria Gonzalez, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: Multichannel News, ABC 13 Action News
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