After averaging around 1.5 million viewers per episode throughout its 10th season, the Bravo reality series has plummeted with season 11, bringing in less than 1 million viewers for its premiere episode and dropping from there.
According to SpoilerTV, episode one of RHOBH season 11, which aired on May 19, captured 949,000 viewers with 0.32 of the 18-49 demographic tuning in. Then, the following week, episode two received just 899,000 viewers.
Although the second episode received fewer viewers than episode one, it was deemed to be the season-high in a key demo with 0.33 of the 18-49 age group watching the May 26 show.
In 2020, the first two episodes of RHOBH season 10 received 1.35 million viewers, according to Show Buzz Daily. Then, as the outlet also revealed, the regular episodes of the season reached a high of 1.64 million viewers and dropped to a low of 1.3 million.
After Lisa failed to turn up in a number of season nine scenes after the infamous puppy-gate scandal, which ended her friendships with Kyle Richards and the rest of the cast, Kyle insisted that viewers would continue to tune in even if Lisa wasn’t around.
“There’s a lot going on with the entire cast and their lives. Yes, Lisa’s a part of the show but it’s an ensemble cast and the numbers are very strong,” she explained on The Daily Pop in June 2019. “It’s great if she’s on the show but the show must go on and the viewers are still loving the show regardless. The numbers speak for itself.”
While RHOBH lost Lisa after season nine, they’ve welcomed a couple of big names since, including Garcelle Beauvais, who joined the show for season 10, and Kathy Hilton, who was welcomed to the group for season 11.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 11 airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Bravo.