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Has the Bravo network finally bitten off more than it can chew?

That answer might be yes based on the ratings for the newest housewives franchise – the Real Housewives of Miami.

According to a ratings report, the Tuesday night premiere episode of the show had the lowest Bravo housewives debut in recent years, bringing in a mere 1.21 million viewers.

Just how low is this? Let’s just say even the “boring” Real Housewives of DC had a higher debut with over 1.6 million viewers just less than a year ago. Also in comparison, the Real Housewives of New Jersey had better ratings for it’s 2009 debut, bringing in over 1.7 million viewers.

So is it time for Bravo to start panicking? Maybe, maybe not. Bravo did air a sneak peek of the premiere episode on Sunday night so perhaps the viewers who tuned in on Sunday failed to show up on Tuesday. But then again, it might just have been the bad word of mouth. As we previously reported, the show has been panned with negative reviews from both viewers and critics.

In general, premiere episodes tend to be low in ratings as some viewers wait for the drama to build up. Example – the October 2010 premiere of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills brought in 1.5 million viewers, but the viewership steadily grew as the show went on to average well over 2 million viewers for its first season.

And oh yeah, above is a photo of Marysol Patton and her 76-year-old mother Elsa Patton. The photo was taken this week during the RHMIA premiere party.

In other news, the ‘Real Housewives of Late Night‘ made their second season return last night on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show. The highlarious skits will be airing every other Thursday on the talk show. And just in case you’re wondering, Denise seems to be a dead ringer for Jill Zarin, while Lydia channels Caroline Manzo. Perhaps Yvonne is Nene Leakes?

Watch the video below to find out what Renee, Dale, Denise, Lydia, and Yvonne been up to!

TELL US – SHOULD BRAVO BE WORRIED ABOUT THE LOW PREMIERE RATINGS & BAD REVIEWS? THOUGHTS ON THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF LATE NIGHT SKIT?

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