A Bravo Dream Turned Nightmare by Princess Pindy
There was a time when Bravo was kind
When their shows were soft
And their shows inviting
There was a time when I was blind
And Bravo had some shows
And the shows were exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong
I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hopes were high
And Bravo worth watching
I dreamed that Housewives never lied
I dreamed that Housewives would be forgiving
Then I was young and so naive
And Housewives were made and used and wasted
There were no lawyers to be paid
No show edited
No wine untasted
But the bitches come at night
With their rumors soft as thunder
Bravo tears your hope apart
Bravo turns your dream to shame
I waited for summer to pass by
Promos filled with endless wonder
Bravo took me for a ride
But hope was gone when Reunions came
And still I dream they’ll come to be
That we will watch the shows together
But there are shows that cannot be
And there are shows we cannot weather!
I had a dream Bravo would be
So different from this hell I’m seeing
So different now, from what it seemed
Now Bravo has killed the dream I dreamed
How are Bravo’s Non Housewives Shows Faring by NMD
I am stuck in a hotel without Bravo. On Monday night I had Bravo, but was not allowed to watch it because the Seahawks were on Monday night football. They won – easily – thanks for asking. But it tough to blog about shows when you haven’t seen them.
Thank goodness for Simon Van Kempen’s Bravoratings.com. When all else fails, let’s discuss the ratings.
Bravo has four non-housewives show worth mentioning airing at the moment.
A few shows are also about to start, but we won’t be blogging about them here. One is Courtney Loves Dallas. I think it’s another fashion show. Courtney was on another show called Most Eligible Dallas that only brought in about 800,000 viewers. It’s hard to imagine why Bravo signed her up for her own show, but maybe she’ll impress us. Another is Millionaire Matchmaker. How has this show been signed for Season 7? The last two seasons it averaged just over a million viewers. Married to Medicine and Below Deck aired earlier this year and did well enough to be renewed for another year. There were also a lot of new shows that fizzled. It’s hard to even remember their names.
|Vander pump Rules||Married 2 Medicine||Shahs||Thicker than Water||Below Deck||Millionaire Match maker||Top Chef|
|Season 1||1.6 mil||1.66 mil *||1.2 mil||1.7 *||1.3 mil||1.5 mil (S4)||2.1 mil (S8)|
|Season 2||1.26 mil||2 mil *||1.1 mil (S5)||1.7 mil (S9)|
|Season 3||1.2 mil||1.1 mil (S6)||1.2 mil (S10 &11)|
|* Lead in was RHOA|
As for the shows on the air now – all are doing okay but not great. Bravo seems stuck in the 1.2 million viewer rut for any non-housewife show that follows a housewife show that isn’t Real Housewives of Atlanta or Miami. Wowza that was a long sentence. With Atlanta’s lead-in, shows do better – maybe around the 1.6 million viewer mark. Miami was a ratings disaster and didn’t provide a lead-in.
Bravo’s other hit show – Top Chef – began to slump three seasons ago and has plateaued out at 1.2 million viewers. I think it just ran its course. I still enjoy it, but it – or one of the variations – seems to be on endlessly. It’s too much.
Shahs of Sunset did fine its first season, and really well its second with Atlanta as a lead-in. It was moved to its own night this year, and did okay at the beginning but is beginning to do the Miami slide. I find it more watchable than some of the other shows, so I’m a little surprised.
I’m not sure what’s happening with Vanderpump Rules. I actually like it better this year now that it’s not the Stassi-Jax show, but the ratings drop could be related to the ratings drop in the lead-in – Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
I haven’t watched Thicker than Water, so I can’t comment on the show.
Nevertheless – all of the shows except Real Housewives of Atlanta are bringing in mediocre ratings at best. It’s a real problem for Bravo, and probably what led to the recent shake-ups in the executive team. The good news is we’ll probably see some new creativity. I really hope so. I think what viewers want are likable and interesting people with a few villains thrown in there. Likable villains are the best – like Jeff Lewis. Someone who can be a jerk but has redeeming qualities.
Bravo’s worst problem is Season 2 itis. Once a cast gets past Season 1 they seem to get full of themselves and think they know what viewers want. Or they just get full of themselves. The Shahs is a classic example, with Reza and Asa taking the prize. Apparently Mariah Q from Married to Medicine has alienated the entire cast with her behavior. Anyone surprised? You could see that coming a mile away.
Trying to second guess what viewers want instead of just being themselves has made many popular cast members unpopular.
Their other problem is that production and executives have been proven untrustworthy, which makes it difficult to attract quality talent. I’m still scratching my head at Dina Manzo returning to Housewives. Perhaps she feels that without Jacqueline to betray her, she’ll be okay. It’s hard to say. It really depends which way the producers decide to go. We’ve all seen the contract. The producers reserve the right to cut and splice words together into brand new sentences and put them into people’s mouths for the storyline. How is that reality?
What does work is witty people making astute observations about each other. The NeNe narrative. But with a cast that doesn’t mind being poked fun at – like Uncle Si on Duck Dynasty. If we have to have fake storylines, can they not all agree on who gets to be the clown and who gets to make the funny observations? It’s so much more pleasant that way rather than have to deal with the silly twitter feuds between cast members.
One final thought – those funny observations have to be funny digs – not mean digs. The cast must understand the difference or it is no fun to watch. Got that people out there scouting for new talent. A few clowns, a few naturally funny people, and no more crazies that cut to the bone. Can someone make that happen. Thank you for listening. NMD