Leading the way in premium unscripted content,Media will expand to seven nights a week of original programming in primetime, and unveiled a diversified slate of 11 new and 20 returning series, it was announced today by Jerry Leo, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy, Lifestyle Networks and Production . Bravo is the #1 cable network among female viewers in F18-49 and F25-54, leading the industry by at least a +16% advantage, its highest margin ever. In addition, Bravo finished 1Q18 as the #5 ad-supported cable network in P18-49, its highest ranking quarter ever in primetime.
“Our brand offers a unique environment for our viewers to escape with drama that is fun and funny, yet far from their normal reality,” said Leo, “By doubling down on noisy formats and big characters, expanding our lifestyle programming in the design and home space, and offering seven nights a week of originals, we’ll be able to serve our fans more of what they crave while also attracting new viewers with our wide scope of programming.”
“The Bravo fan continues to be one of the most affluent and loyal viewers on all platforms, deepening our conversations with marketers,” said Laura Molen, Executive Vice President, Lifestyle and Hispanic Advertising Sales, NBCUniversal. “This type of engagement means everything to our clients who are looking to make the most advertising impact, which is especially strong in Bravo’s original series.”
The network confirms new season orders for some of its most talked about series including: “Vanderpump Rules,” “Married to Medicine,” “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles,” “Don’t Be Tardy,” “Flipping Out,” “Shahs of Sunset,” “Southern Charm Savannah,” the Emmy nominated “Million Dollar Listing New York” and “The Real Housewives” of Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Orange County, New Jersey and Dallas. These series join the recently premiered original scripted series “Imposters,” and unscripted hits “The Real Housewives of New York City,” “Southern Charm,” and “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” as well as new seasons of “Below Deck Mediterranean,” the acclaimed late night talk show “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” and the Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef.”
Bravo owns 4 of the top 15 highest-rated reality series on cable in 1Q18 with “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (#2), “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (#8), “Vanderpump Rules” (#9) and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (#12) among P18-49. Bravo ranks as having the #1 most upscale and educated P25-54 audience versus ad-supported cable entertainment networks in primetime. Additionally, Bravo’s “Top Chef” is the #1 most affluent program (audience with the highest median income) on ad-supported cable. In addition, year to date, Bravo is the #1 cable network for Video On Demand among all cable networks with 20.6M views on set-top-box streams. On digital platforms, Bravo has generated 18.4M live streams and 27M on-demandviews (up +156% and up +108% vs the prior year).
Joining the scripted anthology event series, “Dirty John,” starring Connie Britton & Eric Bana, and based on the wildly popular Los Angeles Times podcast of the same name, Bravo has given the greenlight to these 10 new series:
“Thom and Carson Project” (Working Title)
Produced by Critical Content and Free Range Media with David Metzler, Tom Forman, Jon Beyer, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, Jason Hollis and Grace Lee-Toumanidis serving as executive producers.
Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia are here to help fight the uniformity and ubiquity of American home design. In this new series, Thom takes Carson under his wing to teach him interior design by channeling Carson’s impeccable sense for fashion. The formidable duo will create breathtaking and affordable home re-designs for their lucky clients using expert skills mixed with their signature endearing charm fans fell in love with during “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”
“Mexican Dynasties” (Working Title)
Produced by Shed Media and Campanario Entertainment with Pam Healey and Lisa Shannon serving as executive producers from Shed Media and Jaime Davila serving as executive producer from Campanario Entertainment.
Mexico City is the modern cultural mecca of Latin America, and is home to some of the planet’s richest elite. This series will put a spotlight on the notoriously private, high society world in Mexico City by focusing on three family dynasties that made their fortunes in the entertainment, beverage, and luxury car company industries. This docuseries will explore these successful multigenerational families through both comedy and heart in ways that only close-knit relatives can, particularly those that have known one another for decades. They will challenge stereotypes and showcase the revealing, luxurious and over the top lifestyles in this cosmopolitan destination.
“Untitled San Antonio Project” (Working Title)
Produced by Adjacent Productions and PSG Motion Pictures with Bill Fritz serving as executive producer for Adjacent Productions and Anna Rodzinkski serving as executive producer for PSG Motion Pictures.
This docuseries follows a tight knit group of women and their families living in San Antonio, Texas, who are affluent, sophisticated U.S. citizens or recently naturalized citizens of Mexican decent. In their upscale and beautiful gated communities, these women will face a new set of challenges in adapting to US culture while working to keep their roots alive and well.
“Married to Medicine: Los Angeles”
Produced by Freemantle North America and developed by Purveyors of Pop with Matt Anderson and Nate Green serving as executive producers.
This new series expands the fan-favorite “Married to Medicine” to the West Coast. In the city of glitz and glam, these doctors save lives by day and walk red carpets at night. The docuseries features a group of friends living, working and playing in this exclusive medical community, and with Hollywood at their fingertips, these ladies never truly know who’s real and what’s fake.
“Welcome to Waverly”
Produced by Our House Media with Matt Hanna, Simon Lloyd, Joe Houlihan, Jen Morton and Paul Storck serving as executive producers.
In a real litmus test for our divided country, a diverse group of people from America’s biggest cities have agreed to pick up and move to the heartland of Waverly, Kansas, where they’ll live and work alongside some very traditional locals. During this clash of American cultures, will preconceived notions be turned upside down? Are we too divided or are we all more like-minded than we think? The town’s response to these fish-out-of-water city slickers is often hilarious and quite surprising.
“Unanchored” (Working Title)
Produced by Evolution Media with Douglas Ross, Alex Baskin & Bill Langworthy
Catch a rare glimpse into the secret second life of young, elite professionals in “Unanchored,” a brand-new docuseries that follows a group of best friends as they embark on their next travel adventure – an exclusive floating festival in the Bahamas where they’ll join 30 yachts. The group leaves behind their high-level careers to travel the breathtaking Bahamas and embrace a subculture of elaborate costumes, eccentric rules, and hallowed traditions. “Unanchored” is a story about finding your tribe—and all the laughter, heartbreak, and adventure that comes with it.
“Backyard Envy” (Working Title)
Produced by World of Wonder and Renowned Films with Fenton Baily, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Todd Radnitz and Brian Robel serving as executive producers for World of Wonder and Max Welch, Tim Withers and Duane Jones serving as executive producers for Renowned Films.
Manscapers is New York City’s most exclusive exterior design and landscaping firm, specializing in full outdoor renovation design for the area’s most demanding clients. From rooftops in Manhattan to backyards in the burbs, this series follows James DeSantis, Garrett Magee, and Melissa Brasier as they transform barren outdoor spaces into lush, jaw-dropping oases. These “Two Wills and a Grace” are put to the test as they juggle tight deadlines, multiple clients and each other.
“Buying it Blind”
Produced by Kinetic Content with Chris Coelen, Katie Griffin, Eric Detwiler, Robert Zimmerman and Jennifer Faison Herron serving as executive producers.
This series will follow different couples that can’t decide, or can’t agree, on what kind of home to buy. At a breaking point, they decide to take a radical step and blindly hand the decision – and their entire budget – over to a team of three industry experts who will be charged with making the choice for these couples. The expert team will choose the property for the buyer, who will not get to view the property prior to purchase, and then be challenged to take the house through a stunning renovation. Will the experts create the buyer’s dream home? Or will the client end up with buyer’s remorse?
Produced by Rock Shrimp Productions with Bobby Flay, Kim Martin, Danielle Medina and René Rainey serving as executive producers.
After their break up, real life ex-girlfriend/ex-boyfriend Nina Klemm and Michael LeSure launched a house flipping business in Carmel, Indiana (nicknamed “the Beverly Hills of the Midwest”) called “Flipping Exes.” The show will follow their flipping business, Nina’s work as a local realtor of high-end properties, and of course, the unique relationship between Michael, Nina and their staff in a show that seamlessly mixes real estate and comedy.
Produced by Evolution Media with Douglas Ross, Alex Baskin, Brian McCarthy and Jen Morton serving as executive producers.
“Sweet Home” follows Jennifer Welch and her design business as she and her team, Alex, Sarah and Sabah, take on residential and commercial clients all over Oklahoma City. In each hour-long episode, viewers will see a project come together as Jennifer delivers sophisticated designs with the vision, passion, and sharp wit that she is known for, all while living/dealing with her ex-husband Josh as they raise their growing boys. As always, hijinks are in style as gal-pal Angie “Pumps” Sullivan is back for more hilarious fun.
Source: Nielsen Media Research, time period data based on L7 through 3/18/18 blended with L3 through 3/29/18 and LS through 4//18, NHI calendar, press prime= M-Su 8p-11p, sales prime= M-Su 7p-2a, historical averages based on comparable L7/L3/LS blend of data for full equivalent months, primetime cable entertainment ranks include all measured ad-supported cable entertainment networks that air in 100% of primetime (M-Su 8p-11p). upscale/educated based on P25-54 HOH $100K+ W/4+ Yrs College VPVHs for NHI 2018 M-Su 8p-11p based on L7 data through 3/18/18 including all measured cable entertainment networks VOD based on Rentrak January – February 2018 among cable (non-kids and non movie networks)
About Bravo Media:
Bravo Media is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content across all platforms. The network has a diverse slate of original programming that includes scripted series “Imposters,” “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” and the recently announced anthology series “Dirty John,” along with unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Bravo also boasts the only live late-night talk show on television with the critically acclaimed “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” which has become a nightly destination for A-list celebrities. Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.
FOUNDER & CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER | Founder and COO of Seat42F, a leading source of entertainment news, information, television and movie resources.