Real Housewives of Atlanta reunite after record-breaking finale, OC women return

When the original set of housewives–Tamra Barney, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Lauri Peterson–return to Bravo Tuesday night, they’ll be following some intense competition. The fourth season of The Real Housewives of Orange County debuts Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET, and while Tammy and Quinn will be absent, the other women will be joined by a new housewife, Gretchen Rossi.

But at 9, The Real Housewives of Atlanta will reunite first, following the dramatic finale of their first season last week (the last three episodes repeat starting at 6, a good opportunity for a drinking game).

That finale “was the highest rated ‘Real Housewives’ franchise telecast ever in all demographics,” according to Bravo, as 2.21 million viewers, 1.68 million of whom were 18 to 49, watched. While it was “Bravo’s highest rated freshman series since Queer Eye,” “it was just the second highest rated ‘Real Housewives’ season ever, behind only season three of “The Real Housewives of Orange County.'”

Bravo calls tonight’s reunion “explosive,” which is usually not the case by any television hosted by energy-suck Andy Cohen, as tonight’s reunion is. However, in both clips Bravo has released, he says nothing, which probably means that he’s a) learning that the reunion shows are not about him, b) couldn’t get a word in, or c) was scared. Based on these two clips, I vote for B and C:

The Finale of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” Posts Highest Rated Telecast… [Bravo press release]

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.