Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5 Premier by NoMoreDrama
It averaged 2.9 million viewers for Season 3 and 2.8 for Season 4 when NeNe and Kim virtually refused to film together at all.
Compare that to Beverly Hills which averaged 2.1 million viewers for their Second season, and New Jersey which pulled in 2.7 million viewers Season 2, and 2.6 million average for Seasons 3 and 4. All of this information was mined from Bravoratings.com.
Two originals remain on the show – breakout stars NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak. The other three rounding out the original cast were DeShawn Snow, Lisa Wu Hartwell who was on Seasons 1 and 2, and Sheree Whitfield who was let go last year.
DeShawn Snow was reportedly dropped after she refused to engage in drama with her castmates on the reunion show. It was probably a mistake by production, as her real life ended up being full of drama as it turned out her husband Eric Snow was cheating on her and fathered a love child with his mistress prior to his divorce from DeShawn.
Lisa Wu Hartwell filmed a few scenes for Season 3 before being eased off the show. Lisa went public claiming that producers asked her to throw her out of work husband Ed under the Bravo bus for ratings. Shortly after that Lisa and Ed divorced.
In Season 2 Kandi Burress joined the show, the first bonafide celebrity to join any franchise of the Real Housewives. Kandi’s on-screen fiance was killed towards the end of the season in a fight outside an Atlanta bar. This led to a very emotional reunion for the season, where the ladies were remarkably subdued. Rumors also abounded that they were not paid extra for the reunion and refused to bring any drama.
This was also the season when Kim Zolciak sung her way to a successful single (with the help of autotune) “Don’t be Tardy for the Party.” She gave an unfortunate performance at the reunion with her castmates struggling to hold their facial expressions still (and not bust out laughing).
(PS -I don’t remember where I read any of this so if I’m wrong feel free to correct me).
Seasons 4 and 5 added attorney Phaedra Parks and model Cynthia Bailey. This season will have the largest cast yet, with Kenya Moore and Porsha Steward joining the cast.
If rumors are true, Kim Zolciak will still retain housewife billing, but will have very little interaction with the other ladies.
Kim will also have a second year of her spin-off, and Kandi has been given the green light for a full season of her spinoff the Kandi Factory. With NeNe Leakes landing a role on the sitcom The New Normal, that makes this cast the most successful in spinning their housewives roles into gold.
Cynthia Bailey: Cynthia gave an interview with Complex.com on the upcoming season. I don’t find Cynthia that interesting, so I only cut and paste one Q & A from the interview. I found she gave pretty vague, vanilla answers to the questions.
How often do you hang out with some of the other ladies when the cameras aren’t rolling?
“I hang out with NeNe the most; we really connected on screen and off screen. She really is typically my best friend on the show, and we spend quite a bit of time together. I also have spent a little bit of time with Candy. We kind of are in the same circles, we are getting to know each other, and our friendship evolves this season. I talk to pretty much all the girls from time to time on the phone with the exception of Kim. Kim doesn’t really call, but for the most part I have a cordial relationship with all the girls, I would say. If I see Kim, I would say hello but we don’t really talk on the phone.”
Rumors have been swirling for a few years now that NeNe Leakes is done with housewives now that her Hollywood career is on the rise.
A fan tweeted NeNe and said: “I hear this season of RHOA is ur last season. I refuse 2 watch w/o u on it”
NeNe’s response: “Hunni I ain’t goin no where.” Fans of NeNe can let out a sigh of relief!
NeNe also talked (tweeted) about getting her own show:
Fan to NeNe: “dey jus need 2 go ahead & giv @NeNeLeakes her own show.”
NeNe’s reponse: “I hav been offered a show a few times! It’s gotta b the right time.”
Other Housewife News
According to USWeekly, Bethenny Frankel has donated $50,000 to the Red Cross to help victims of hurricane Sandy. Let’s hope other celebrities follow suit
Sunday Night Lineup Nov 4th (New Episodes) by BB
8PM – The Amazing Race (CBS, 8:30); Call the Midwife (PBS); The First Family (CW); NFL Football Cowboys vs. Falcons (NBC); Once Upon a Time (ABC); The Simpsons/Bob’s Burgers (Fox); Sandy, Anatomy of a Supersstorm (TWC); Long Island Medium Beyond the Read (TLC); Mythbusters (Discovery); Extreme Houseboats (Trvl); Rehab with Dr. Drew (VH-1); Cupcake Wars (Food); 48 Hours on ID (ID); When a Child Kills (Biography); Back in Time for Thanksgiving (Cook); Big Rich Texas (Style);
9PM – The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo); The Walking Dead (AMC); Revenge (ABC); The Good Wife (CBS, 9:30); Masterpiece Classic (PBS); Mr. Box Office (CW); Long Island Medium (TLC); Battlefield Cell (Discovery); Extreme Houseboats (Trvl); The Next Iron Chef: Redemption (Food); Sins and Secrets (ID); Snapped (Oxy); Glam Fairy (Style); Boardwalk Empire (HBO); Dexter (Show)
10PM – The Mentalist (CBS, 10:30); 666 Park Avenue (ABC); House Hunters Renovation (HGTV); Breaking Amish (TLC); America’s Doomsday Plan (Discovery); Outback Hunters (History); Extreme Houseboats (Trvl); Bridezillas (WE); I Survived (Biography); Million Dollar Contractor (DIY); Unique Sweets (Cook 10:30); Treme (HBO); Homeland (Show)
11PM – WWHL; Phaedra Parks and Coco T. (Bravo); Talking Dead (AMC)