As we previously reported, Married to Medicinepremiered to 1.89 million viewers, making it the highest-rated non-spinoff series premiere in Bravo's history. The ratings went up and down throughout the season, ranging from 1.18 million (the wine tour) to 2.66 million (the poolside brawl), but averaged out at 1.8 million.
The 1.8 million average makes Married to Medicine the highest-rated non-franchise/non-spinoff freshman series on Bravo since Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which debuted in 2003. Over 1.5 million viewers tuned in to Sunday night's season finale.
Yes, I find Mariah to be too aggressive and extremely unlikable, but that does not mean I'm blind to Kari andToya's antics. Do I sometimes think the snotty comments directed at Mariah are warranted though? Yes. Definitely. More than likely, if you do not like Koya, you cheer on Quariah. To each their own. If I were Kari or Toya, I'd completely eliminate Mariah (and by extension Quad) from my life, but I get that they all need to interact for the sake of the show. Lucky us!
Quad and Gregory kick off the season finale with yet another disagreement over starting a family. He wants a baby; she wants to be a reality TV star. Quad says, besides all that "pushing, tugging, pulling, and gaining weight," there are too many issues in this group of women to bring in kids of her own. All is right in Quad's world as long as she has an audience (says me) and her dogs (says her). There's nothing wrong with that, at all, but my goodness did these two ever talk about expectations, goals, family, etc. before they got married?
Kari, who organized the trip, shared, "I was glad that I had invited the ladies on the wine tour, but for me it was a very difficult day. I had worked hard to put things together, so that everyone could have a good time and hopefully heal from things. It was a generous invitation and a peace offering. One that I hoped would bring lasting peace."
Quad's "short bus" comment ruined Kari's warm and fuzzy feelings almost instantly. "Quad immediately complained that the bus was too small. I could not believe her rudeness. I guess that for Quad that a 16-passenger party bus with plush leather couches, two full bars, fiber optic lighting, and plasma TVs is not enough for a one-hour journey for six people."
Bravo is busy rolling out a ton of new shows and heavily promoting some old favorites. They've recently had some trouble in the Real Housewives of Atlanta spinoff department though!
Kim Zolciak and Kandi Burruss are arguing off-screen over legal issues, and they are also fighting it out to save their spinoffs from being canned next season. Bravo, who apparently loves them some Kandi (probably because she is on the hugely successful RHOA), moved The Kandi Factory to Sunday nights in an effort to boost viewership.
Last week the move worked and TKF received a bump in ratings.There was also a fist fight… Unfortunately it's only temporary! Bravo Ratings says that this week's showing didn't even rank in cable's Top 100 shows. Even worse, this Sunday's episode garnered only 596,000 viewers, down 32% from last week and "rated lower than three of the four occasions it aired on Tuesdays." Ouch. I think we can expect that one won't be renewed! This weekend is the season finale.
Jackie blogged about the lemon squeeze, "It usually involves people who have a willing mind and desire to resolve their differences, though tonight, I entered the lion's den with a bunch of Debbie Doubters who felt like my attempt to make peace is already a failure."
"The mind is a powerful thing so I guess we were already defeated when they entered the door," continued Jackie. "I think there are so many other things these doctors and doctor’s wives could be doing rather than bickering. I tried to maintain my peace and did a lot of deep breathing and allowed the disrespectfulness to roll off my back. Their body language screamed, 'I don’t want to resolve these issues.' Why am I even trying?"
Quad Webb-Lunceford is most definitely the breakout star of Married To Medicine. With that larger than life personality and those witty catch phrases, of course she is! Love her or hate her, Quad is reality TV gold.
While some fans of the show think she is over the top, Quad explains that she loves life, every moment of it, and that enthusiasm naturally comes out through her personality. She describes herself as "very animated" and "a character."
Needless to say, the Lemon Squeeze ends on a sour note, with Jackie leaving the restaurant in tears, and I find it sad that these women cannot act like adults for one evening. Ugh. Let's start from the beginning.
The episode beings with Simone and Cecil, who discuss their new home bar and their alma maters' homecoming festivities. First, the bar, which is Cecil's baby. Simone did not want the bar, originally, but she has since decided that it's cool as long as it remains stocked with vodka. Second, Simone and Cecil plan a Friday Night Mixer, to kick off homecoming weekend. Simone plans to invite Jackie, because they're friends, and Toya, because she needs to get her drink on after the drama with Mariah.
"Things are getting a little petty," says Jackie. "These wounds are still open and no one appears to care for a remedy of healing. Constructive debates and resolve are nowhere in sight. There is constant salt throwing (shade). Salt in an open wound burns! We are wired to respond to burns. This is a prescription for another slap-slap!!! Although I sure hope this never happens again."
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