By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Basketball Wives ratings drop? Before “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” came busting on the scene to snatch up the number one position on VH1, there was “Basketball Wives.” The Miami cast knew how to bring in the ratings like no other show on the network, and with a polarizing cast consisting of Evelyn Lozada and Tami Roman, the controversy was non stop. However, many seem to think the ladies took their drama a little too far in season four as Evelyn Lozada could be seen taking off her shoes in a restaurant and hopping on top of a table to attack her former BFF Jennifer Williams not too long after she tossed a wine bottle at Kenya Bell’s head at another restaurant. Then of course people were not pleased about Tami Roman snatching another grown woman’s purse in a drunken rage, effectively earning the label as bully in the former season. Although both Evelyn and Tami claimed they have grown since season four and we won’t see them reenact that type of behavior in season five, the memory of that online petition that managed to cause the show to lose advertisers is still in the back of minds of many of the show’s former viewers. Shaunie O’Neal recently suggested the drama is why the show has done so well for so many seasons, but we have to wonder how she’s feeling about the drop in ratings just two episodes into the current season.
Although the fifth season started off with a strong start as the season premiere brought in a whopping 2.39 million viewers, episode two only managed to bring in 1.97 million viewers. That’s a significant drop in just the span of one episode.
We’re thinking Shaunie and the VH1 executives are aware of that considering they took the ratings information completely off the show’s Wikipedia page. Before the season’s debut, a chart with ratings for every episode in the history of the show could be found on the Wikipedia page, but since the season’s premiere, it can no longer be found.
But considering that the season is only on its second episode, we’ll just have to see if the ratings continue to decline.