*The Season 7 premiere of “The Real Housewives Of Atlanta” gave Bravo its highest-rated season premiere in the network’s more than 30-year history.
With NeNe dreading orgies, Apollo being sentenced and Phaedra having no desire to be by his side, the series returned to 3.8 million viewers and 2.2 million adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.
Not only is that up 23% and 24% in terms of total viewers and the demo, respectively, over the Season 6 debut on November 3, 2013, it also pushed Bravo to the top spot among all cable channels for the 8 PM time slot, according to Deadline.com.
The debut also shattered a demo record (2.02 million) held by the Season 3 debut of “The Real Housewives Of New Jersey” on May 16, 2011.
Proving again what a winner the Real Housewives franchise is for Bravo, the previous overall viewership debut record was held by the Season 5 Atlanta premiere. That October 28, 2012, show drew 3.23 million viewers.
Sunday’s “RHOA” S7 debut was followed by “Watch What Happens Live” with NeNe as the lone guest, which pulled in 2.6 million viewers overall and 1.4 million in the key demo. That’s the best “WWHL” has done total viewership-wise since July 6.