Bravo’s ‘Blood, Sweat & Heels’ Debut Sets Ratings Mark

Bravo’s Sunday night lineup drew the network’s best audience ever among all key demos, led by the premiere of reality series Blood, Sweat & Heels.

The series, which follows several women vying for elite status among New York’s fashion, real estate and media circles, garnered a network series premiere record 2.5 million viewers and 1.4 million adults 18-49, according to network officials.

Also pacing Bravo’s Sunday ratings boon was veteran series The Real Housewives of Atlanta, whichearned a franchise high among total viewers with over 4.5 million viewers and more than 2.7 million viewers 18-49. The show ranked as the top show on cable among all key demos for the day.

Also Sunday, Bravo’s Thicker Than Water scored a series high Sunday in its season finale, drawing 2.3 million viewers and more than 1.2 million adults 18-49, while Fashion Queens hit a series-to-date high with 1.5 million total viewers and 802,000 adults 25-54, said the network.

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