Real Housewives of Atlanta Premiere Sets Ratings Record for Franchise

The 404 gals drew more eyeballs than any other city or season.

Posted: 11/09/2011 12:23 AM EST
Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes, Kandi, Kim Zolciak

No one can do it like Southern gals. The season four premiere episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta set a ratings record for the entire franchise, becoming the most-watched season premiere of any city, any season thus far (take that, Beverly Hills!). 


Nearly three million viewers tuned in to watch the cat fights, name-calling and special guest appearances (America's Next Top Model's Miss J Alexander popped in). But the season has a long way to go to beat its own series-high record: 4.4 million viewers watched the season three finale at the end of January, says the Hollywood Reporter.


The new season kicked off with an instant-classic fight between Sheree Whitfield and Nene Leakes; plus, we see a very pregnant Kim Zolciak, and Phaedra, Kandi and Cynthia embarking on new businesses: modeling, funerals and sex toys. You guess which business belongs to which housewife.


Next week, Nene, Cynthia and Kandi head to Miami; Phaedra looks into the funeral business while Sheree and Kim discuss motherhood. Don't be tardy for the party!


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