By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Love and Hip Hop reunion rumors have been spreading like wildfire, and with the speculation that breakups, pregnancies, and even fight rumors will be confirmed at the reunion show; one would think all the hype for the reunion would translate into ratings. In fact, the rumor mill says that is exactly what Mona Scott Young was hoping the buzz would do, and once Joe Budden and Consequence confirmed that they did indeed fight (Consequence even “exposed” Joe Budden’s alleged boyfriend); Mona thought it would help the ratings that were already on the decline. But it turns out that despite the excitement people may have for the upcoming reunion, it seems like most of them have already given up on the show.
Despite a full week of reports of fights, breakups, and even cat fights at the reunion show; believe it or not, ratings for Love and Hip Hop have tanked to an all season low. The Monday after all the reunion show buzz, episode 10, which aired on March 18, only managed to bring in 1.51 million viewers. The numbers haven’t been that low since season one, and this is a massive drop considering the season premiere of season three managed to bring in 2.59 million viewers.
There’s a few reasons why the show just isn’t connecting with fans of the series. But one big reason is clearly the popularity of the spin-off show, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. It’s obvious that viewers just find the Atlanta cast way more interesting than the New York cast, and just perhaps Mona’s plan to have yet another love triangle inspired by Stevie J. with Joe Budden/Tahiry/Kaylin may have backfired. Perhaps it didn’t intrigue viewers but reminded them how much Love and Hip Hop isn’t and never will be Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.