"The Real Housewives of New York City" are back, but unfortunately, their debut didn't capture the amount of viewers Bravo was hoping for. In fact, Tuesday's season six premiere saw a double-digit percent decrease in viewership from last year's season five premiere.
According to a March 12 report by The Wrap, the cast's season six return captured 1.3 million total viewers, which is down 24 percent from the season five premiere, which received 1.7 million viewers. The premiere also received a drop in the key demo, losing a whopping 33 percent.
But despite the ratings drop, Rumorfix reported on March 12 that Bravo is already planning to renew the series. A source close to the show told the site's Real Mr. Housewife, “The show is over. There is already a Season Seven set up and we begin filming in September.”
Following season four, producers opted to cut the majority of the cast, firing Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, Jill Zarin, and Cindy Barshop. Although the series certainly needed to be reworked, the move was quite bold and for Bravo, it ended badly.
Ever since, the series' ratings continue to drop, but for whatever reason, Bravo continues to air the series in hopes that it will soon be revived. Hopefully, Kristen Taekman's addition to the show will give "The Real Housewives of New York City" the boost it needs.