The ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ most-watched season premiere in network history

Love them or hate them, it’s undeniable that the Real Housewives of Atlanta are a powerhouse franchise.

Season 5 of the reality series starring NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, Kim Zolciak, Kenya Moore, and Porsha Stewart debuted last night on Bravo and scorched ratings records, earning the network’s highest-rated season premiere among total viewers. According to Bravo this was the highest-rated season premiere for the series among all key demos.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta earned substantial activity in social media as well, practically dominating Twitter, with a 129 percent increase in mentions compared to last season’s day of premiere.

A new episode airs Sunday, November 11 at 9pm ET/PT.

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