Well — that was fast! Bravo has pulled the plug on The Real Housewives of DC after just one season, a new report claims.
The move makes the Washington edition of the smash hit reality franchise the first in the network’s history to get the heave ho. The Housewives franchise has been a phenomenal success for the NBC-owned basic cable network since launching in suburban California in 2006. The docu-series has spawned a total of seven different franchises – Orange County, Atlanta, New Jersey, New York, DC, Beverly Hills, and most recently, Miami.
Ultimately, it was lackluster ratings and poor reception from fans that have left The DC Housewives — which included so-called White House Gatecrashes Tareq and Michaele Salahi — looking for a new outlet to extend their 15 minutes of fame. Georgetown Cupcakes and the annual Cherry Blossoms Festival have been drawing throngs of tourists to the Nation’s Capital each year, but when it comes to attracting a healthy audience of Reality Stans, Washington’s monuments can’t compare to TV titans like NeNe Leakes and Teresa Guidice.
“The show just didn’t do well and it wasn’t worth airing another season,” squeals a production source, who claims the “boring” Housewives series simply never caught on with viewers. “The DC housewives were meant to be starting shooting their second season now and they haven’t heard a peep from Bravo. No one from the cast has been contacted yet and told that the show is cancelled.”
Washington isn’t the only city on the chopping block at Bravo. Ratings have also been less than stellar for The Real Housewives of Miami, which has struggled to find an audience since its premiere last month. The latest failures have caused network producers to refrain from expanding The Housewives franchise into any futher markets, insiders say.
“Bravo used to think it was about the brand and they could switch the housewives at any point but now they have realized it is about the women involved and that has changed their perspective. They’ve realized a lot with the failure of DC and Miami, and they’re going to concentrate on the successful shows they have and not expand any further.”
Guess that means we can forget about that rumored move int San Francisco!