With the tremendous success that Real Housewives of Atlanta has had in its sixth season, you’d think that all there would be to do is celebrate — but not so for Peter Thomas. While Cynthia Bailey’s hubby is more than pleased with the killer ratings and increased opportunities, he still feels like they could be doing more with their following.
The Househusband, and owner of Atlanta hotspot barOne, spoke with Uptown Magazine this week, and expressed his frustration that the record-breaking numbers aren’t translating into major endorsement deals and advertising campaigns.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta is the number one show on Bravo, not just in the Housewives franchise. I need people to understand what that means,” Peter stressed to the mag. “No other show on the network does our numbers. Not one. This ensemble cast of black people is number one on a very popular network, but not one of our wives’ faces are on a billboard advertising the show.”
So what’s the reason behind the limited press? Peter says he put one of the Bravo execs on the spot about that recently, and was told that there was no need to advertise for the already-dominant series. But the Atlanta businessman sees that as just untapped viewership.
“Imagine if they did…” Cynthia’s man begins, before adding, “And let’s not get it twisted, if this all black cast was doing as poorly in the ratings as some of the other shows on the network, we’d be fired and the show would be cancelled.”
Strong words, sir! We’re not sure if there’s really a race element to be had here, though we are glad that an all African American cast is stomping out its competitors. Plus, it seems like the execs might know what they’re doing by not overdoing it with their press push. Who are we to get involved...
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Source: Uptown Magazine