`Millionaire Matchmaker’ Debuts With 1.5M Viewers

Bravo continues to draw big ratings for its Sunday night lineup.

The Dec. 7 season eight premiere of The Millionaire Matchmaker drew 1.5 million viewers, the most watched season debut in the show’s history.

The season eight premiere also posted double digit audience increases among total viewers and adults 18-49 compared to the network’s season seven debut in December 2013, said network officials.

The Millionaire Matchmaker numbers follows the Nov. 9  debut of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which drew  3.8 million viewersnetwork record -- a network record for a season premiere episode. This past Sunday, the series drew 3.1 million total viewers, according to Bravo.

Also on Sunday, the network’s Fashion Queens reality series scored a season high 1.1 million viewers, while its Watch What Happens Live episode delivered 2.5 million viewers, according to network officials.

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