Tonight is the second installment of the Real Housewives of New Jersey Season Reunion. It promises to be full of drama...but will fans be tuning in to see it all go down? The ratings for last week's Part suggest the answer might be no.
The initial October 6 airing of the episode — which featured Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga going at it yet again — brought in 2.49 million viewers, according to Bravo Ratings. An additional 938,000 people saw a rerun of the episode at 9:30 p.m.
This continues a downward trend that the show has been experiencing all year. Last week's finale was also the show's lowest-rated season finale ever.
And while that would be a decent number of viewers for a lot of TV series, it's a pretty paltry sum for this one, especially considering that the reunion episodes typically are the most highly anticipated shows of the season.
As a point of comparison, last year's RHoNJ Season 4 Reunion Part 1 drew 3.41 million viewers for the initial airing, meaning this year's reunion was down from that by over a million viewers! Clearly, a lot people are no longer liking what they're seeing.
That said, RHoNJ remains the second-highest rated Real Housewives franchise, behind only Atlanta. Case in point: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Season 3 Reunion Part 1 earlier this year brought in 2.29 million viewers, while the equivalent episode of Orange County scored 2.12 million.
So is the current New Jersey drama getting a little stale? That may be the case, although next season will presumably look different from this one, as both Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita are likely to be leaving the cast.
How will tonight's Reunion Part 2 fare? We'll have to stay tuned.
Source: Bravo Ratings