There Will Be No Reunion for ‘The Real Housewives of New York City,’ Bravo Says
After a challenging and low-rated season of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” for the first time in “Real Housewives” history, Bravo has canceled the show’s reunion episodes.
On Friday, a Bravo spokesperson told Variety: “Due to scheduling challenges around taping the reunion of ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ in a timely manner, Bravo confirmed there will not be a reunion for this season. It’s disappointing to not be able to bring the cast back together, but we are happy to have ended on such a high note with the finale, and are now shifting our focus to next season.”
“Real Houswives” reunions generally tape in the weeks before the show’s finale, and then are spread out over two or three episodes. But with this season of “RHONY,” a source said that because the season of the show went over so poorly, the network wants to focus on rebuilding what has generally been one of the most popular franchises of the “Real Housewives” offerings. Scheduling it was difficult because of the women’s summer plans, as well as friction among the cast, several of whom were in no rush to face one another.
And after this season’s low ratings, there were doubts at the network that viewers would even care to see the annual ritual of confrontation and reconciliation in the current cast. In Nielsen’s Live + Same Day ratings, “RHONY’s” Aug. 31 season finale of the show drew only 841,000 viewers; for comparison’s sake, last year’s finale drew more than 1.1 million total viewers.
The gossip press, particularly the Daily Mail, has been publishing stories all summer about behind the scenes problems at “RHONY,” and harping on about the reunion postponements. In August, new cast member Eboni K. Williams, who was at the center of a lot of the confounding plots this season, told Variety that the reunion had indeed been scheduled — but then it wasn’t. With several cast members still away for the summer, Bravo’s hope was to just do it after the finale aired, and there were several dates on the books for September.
But then Bravo decided to focus on reviving one of the cornerstones of the “Real Housewives” universe instead.
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