June 19, 2012 10:40 am NYDailyNews... UPDATE 2:10 pm
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Lord of the Housewives, MissAndy Cohen, responded via twitter. MissAndy says “Don’t Believe Everything You Read…”
MissAndy has yet to respond to SH’s question… “Which Part of the NYDaily item was incorrect?”
‘The Real Housewives of New York” are up a creek without a Cohen.
Ratings for the first two episodes of the Bravo reality series are down considerably over last year, and, worse , a source tells us the franchise’s onetime champion, Bravo exec Andy Cohen, is so busy with his burgeoning career that he’s distanced himself from the show. NOTE: MissAndy said back in May that he wants a talk show to compete with Jimmy Fallon and Chelsea Handler…
Nielsen numbers for the first two episodes of “RHONY” tell a worrisome tale. Compared to the ratings average for last season, the average ratings of the June 4 and 11 episodes of NYC’s “Real Housewives” were down 21% in total viewers — from almost 2 million to 1.6 million.
Based on the same comparison, the season so far is down 22% among viewers 25-54, the key demographic on which advertisers base their commercial buys.
Although only the third episode of “RHONY” aired last night, the ratings will have to pick up soon — and significantly. The show is on track to be the lowest-rated since the 2009 season.
“The new girls don’t seem to be working, and Bravo is concerned,” says one show insider, referring to cast additions Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson.
Well, almost everyone at Bravo is concerned.
One “RHONY” insider says Cohen, the cable network’s exec vice president of original programming and development, “doesn’t care if the ratings for this season tank” and has “backed away from the show.”
The source adds: “This is the first season he’s not editing. He’s busy with other projects and doesn’t have time to go over hours of film.”
Cohen has recently been touring major cities to promote his memoir, “Most Talkative: Stories From Behind the Front Lines of Pop Culture.”
He also has his Bravo talk show, “Watch What Happens Live,” which sources say has become the focus of Cohen’s career aspirations.
That still leaves Bravo with the dilemma of boosting “RHONY’s” ratings, and one source who has worked on the show (but not the current season) suggests it’s time for the cable net to orchestrate the return of drama-generating housewives of yore.
“The best thing they could do is bring back Jill and Alex and pretend this season never happened,” says the source, referring to Jill Zarin and Alex McCord , who were cut from the cast last fall. NOTE: No mention of Koo-KooKelly!!!
Zarin told us, “I’m happy that these new women are enjoying their fame; I’ve reached out and offered [Bravo] any support they need.”
Zarin is working on her own projects, but says she’s puzzled producers felt the need to shake up the cast last season.
“You don’t change what works,” she says. NOTE: Jillz statement re the RHONY… Jillz has since deleted her statement!
A Bravo spokesperson says: “We’re very happy with the performance of the first two episodes especially given its new time slot and the current competitive period with over 200 original shows launched in June alone. We love both existing and new cast members.”
NOTE: Bravo may be overlooking another big reason why RHONY ratings are down: premiering RHONY while New Jersey and Orange County are still airing! Viewers need a break… THREE Housewives show in a row (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) is a bit too much. RHONY may have better ratings if not squeezed between New Jersey and Orange County…