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Ratings: ‘Real Housewives of Potomac’ Tops ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ for the First Time Ever

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Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard’s altercation is polarizing.

Real Housewives of Potomac” is in the middle of a very eventual fifth season. While the show has never lacked in drama, fans have been discussing the current season since last year. This is due to Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard’s altercation. To no surprise, the situation impacted the rest of the cast. Gizelle Bryant refused to film with Monique and said that being around her could hurt her image. Plus, she wanted to protect Jamal Bryant’s image as well by not being around Monique.

Robyn Dixon followed suit, and Wendy Osefo also didn’t film with Monique after the altercation.

However, Ashley Darby and Karen Huger continued to support Monique.

Ashley ended back up in a bad place with Candiace after she agreed to write a character statement to help Monique’s countersuit. Candiace felt betrayed, so she and the others pressed Ashley about this.

Karen was also pressed for her continued support of Monique. And she still believes both women were at fault for the altercation.

The reunion is even more controversial.

With the cast being so divided, it’s no surprise that the drama spilled over into the reunion. While Gizelle expected that it would just be Monique in the hot seat, it was Gizelle who got the most heat in part one.

Karen and Monique came for Gizelle’s relationship with Jamal. Both women accused the couple of faking a reconciliation for a storyline. Monique then accused Jamal of sleeping with his congregation. In response to this, Jamal fired back on Facebook Live. And he made some accusations of his own.

He accused Chris Samuels of having CTE. And Jamal accused Chris of trying to attack Robyn and Gizelle at the reunion. To make matters even messier, he also accused Chris of verbally attacking a black woman at Safeway. Jamal alleged that he had footage of this.

As a result of all of the drama, the “Real Housewives of Potomac” reunion has been a hot topic on social media. People had a lot to say about Monique’s binder, the accusations made during and after the reunion, as well as Karen’s focused effort to keep applying pressure on Gizelle.

Ratings continue to surge for the Potomac cast.

So it’s probably no surprise that the ratings only went up for part 2 of the reunion. Part 2 brought in 1.275 million viewers. Part 1 of the reunion amassed 1.174 million viewers. So that is an increase of 101,000 viewers.

Interestingly enough, this is the very first time in history that “Real Housewives of Potomac” has topped “Real Housewives of Atlanta” in ratings. The latest episode of RHOA brought in 1.211 million viewers. While it is a bump up from the previous episode which pulled in 1.189  million viewers, RHOA only saw an increase of 22,000 viewers.

Amid RHOA’s dip in ratings, NeNe Leakes has urged people to boycott Bravo. Prior to her position, supporters of NeNe and “Married to Medicine” creator Mariah Huq created a petition calling for a boycott of the television network.

Amanda is a TV junkie with a passion for all things reality television. She's from Decatur, GA.



  1. Yeah I Said It!

    December 22, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    LOL. This is why Andy said no one from RHOP is getting fired.

    • John

      December 23, 2020 at 8:46 am


  2. Michelle

    December 22, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    RHOP is the better show now. Congrats to the RHOP ladies.

  3. Just My Thoughts

    December 22, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    RHOP has been better than RHOA for seasons now if we’re being honest. I just hope they won’t flop next season because the group dynamic needs to be changed without people being fired. This cast is stellar but there’s been a lot of bad blood. Relationships will have to be fixed enough for the show not to suffer. It has to start with Monique and Candiace. The show is better when they are friends.

    • Hmmm

      December 22, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      The show will lose its authenticity if you force cast members to interact with each other…..

      • X

        December 23, 2020 at 10:31 am


      • Bee

        December 23, 2020 at 10:35 am

        What authenticity? These women are not real friends with the exception of Robyn and Gizelle. They don’t even hang out like that outside of filming. These women are all just coworkers and this is a job. If they’re going to refuse to film with someone, they should be fired.

    • Pearl

      December 22, 2020 at 7:33 pm

      Ratings are up because the head mean girl and bully got a taste of her own medicine. They better not fire Monique. This show is only good when the mean girls are called out.

  4. Anonymous

    December 22, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Monique, Karen, and that binder are to thank. It’s unfortunate Michael wasn’t at the reunion because he and white Chris saved the season finale.

  5. Veronica

    December 22, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Andy and Bravo need to pay attention. They let go of any of the fan favorites and RHOP will flop harder than RHOA is right now.

    • Hmmm

      December 22, 2020 at 5:53 pm

      you must be one of the people who thinks Nene leaving is the reason for the ratings drop. Oh boy smh

      • Veronica

        December 22, 2020 at 6:39 pm

        And you must be one of those people who hates fan favorites because you think it makes you edgy. I’ll let you in on a secret, it doesn’t.

      • Pretty Girl

        December 22, 2020 at 7:20 pm

        Oh so that’s what y’all are doing now? Gaslighting? Because I could have sworn the narrative was RHOA’s ratings would be even higher without Nene. Now that they’re not, y’all are on here with dry sarcasm and no receipts. Almost every other show is up in ratings at Bravo with the exception of RHOA and M2MLA which was just canceled. For RHOA to lose nearly one million viewers in a span of a few months, what’s the reason sis? Why were the least watched episodes last season the ones Nene wasn’t on? Why was the last part of the reunion which Nene wasn’t on the least watched reunion episode in history? Y’all are putting more energy into discrediting Nene than watching RHOA. Hate all you want, but even celebrities were on Twitter asking what show RHOP was when those clips of Monique and Karen went viral. That’s why they had over five times the bump up over RHOA. If they lose Karen or Monique, RHOP will decline. Ratings always tell the truth. And a lot of y’all were lying about not liking Nene because you should be supporting it more with her gone. It is a thin line between love and hate though.

  6. Sheryl

    December 22, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    This cast is more likable than RHOA. Right now you have Kenya shading BLM activists in her attempt to come for Porsha. Why would I want to watch a show with a person like that on it? Give me RHOP instead. Thanks.

  7. TheJohnEffect Podcast

    December 23, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Honestly given the scuffle with Candiace and Monique they both need to be demoted to friends of the show for season 6. I say this because when Porsha drug Kenya across the stage in that Rico Chappelle number she was demoted the following season and brought back as a housewife the season after. Keep the same energy. Shoot have Charrisse boulder shoulders be a housewife for a season or bring Katie Rost back. Or they could just have five for season 6.

  8. Quay

    December 23, 2020 at 10:42 am

    I hope everyone stays on Potomac, the show would be nothing if Gizelle was gone, because you all would not have anyone to show your vicious hatred to! And Monique should stay on the show so her vicious schemes, violence, and lying can catch up with her, and it will, that woman is going to reap what she has sown.

    • Hazel

      December 23, 2020 at 10:59 am

      You stay on these blog pressed about Monique. You Gizelle stans and Candiace stans love to point Monique’s actions and love to look over and make excuses for everything your favorites do. Neither Candiace nor Gizelle are innocent and you’re mad they’re getting called out.

      • Quay

        December 23, 2020 at 1:10 pm

        You stay on these blogs pressed about Gizelle and the others, and you all acts as if Monique never does anything wrong, I do not need to say anything about the other ladies because because just about everyone on this sight bashes the sh*t out of them. I am going to have my opinion whether you like it or not, and how would you know I am always on the blogs, it is because you are always on them yourself. I am not angry that someone is getting called out I just don’t care for people like you lying their a*s off.

        • Hazel

          December 23, 2020 at 2:11 pm

          I’m most certainly not pressed especially not about Gizelle. Nobody ever said Monique was an angel but stop acting like she’s the devil. I can’t even count how many times I’ve see you on here calling Monique all types of insults but never point out Gizelle or Candiace’s actions. They can do no wrong in your eyes. But, continue to defend someone as nasty as they are. It shows your character.

          • Quay

            December 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm

            “I WILL” and you keep right on defending someone as violent and calculating as Monique, which says something about your character. I’m DONE with you.

        • Hazel

          December 23, 2020 at 4:25 pm

          You’re done because you know for a fact this is a argument you can not and will not win. Your favorites got called out. Get over it.

  9. Wow

    December 23, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Gizelle and Robyn can go since they are both the most useless. Keep the others.

    • Sandra l Jansen

      December 23, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      Candace is the problem too. She thinks she’s above all others as well. Crying everytime she gets a chance. She can’t stand that she lost her wig in the altercation. Embarrassed her for sure. She likes to look so put together. Monique went too far when this started over a get together where Giselle and Candace remained in her house to discuss another housewives marital situation.

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