via NBCU press release:
THE FINALE OF BRAVO'S "THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA"
POSTS HIGHEST RATED TELECAST IN "REAL HOUSEWIVES"
With Over Two Million Viewers, Season Finale Marks Significant
Double Digit Increases Across All Key Demos
NEW YORK – November 19, 2008 – The season finale of Bravo's watercooler sensation "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" was the highest rated "Real Housewives" franchise telecast ever in all demographics, according to Nielsen Media Research. Last night's episode posted a 2.02 household coverage rating, garnering 1.68 million adults 18-49 and 2.21 million total viewers, up 51 percent among adults 18-49 (vs. 1.11 million) and up 48 percent among total viewers (vs. 1.499 million), compared to the prior week's episode. The season finale was also the No. 1 cable telecast for the day among adults 18-49 and the No. 1 cable telecast in prime among adults 18-34.
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" is Bravo's highest rated freshman series since "Queer Eye." The series' first season was also the second highest rated "Real Housewives" season ever, behind only season three of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." The full season of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" averaged 990,000 adults 18-49 and 1.312 million total viewers. Online, the series' site surpassed all previous "Real Housewives" seasons and series, earning 18.6 million page views and 2.34 million video streams – BravoTV.com's best ever video streams for a premiere series.
Bravo viewers get an extra dose of drama when their favorite southern gals reunite for an explosive reunion special, hosted by Bravo programming executive Andy Cohen, on Tuesday, November 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion special, find out what really went down in Hotlanta, as tensions mount between the ladies and accusations fly. Will NeNe and Kim patch up their friendship? Will Sheree and NeNe ever be friends and what really went on during the much talked about catfight between Lisa and Kim? For a preview of the reunion special, please visit BravoTV.com – http://video.bravotv.com/player/?id=838261 and http://video.bravotv.com/player/?id=838262.
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Explorer, Live + Same Day through 11/18/08; Omniture SiteCatalyst