Monday's episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," which involved a hair-pulling catfight between the classy Garden State ladies, broke a ratings record for Bravo, the network said Tuesday.
The episode drew 3.29 million total viewers and 2.28 million adults 18 to 49, becoming the highest-rated, non-finale episode of the reality series.
In fact, the cable network Bravo recorded series highs for both "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" and its after show, "Watch What Happens: Live," delivering the highest Monday telecast in network history among all the key demographics, according to Nielsen Media Research.In Monday's episode, at a fashion show Jacqueline Laurita's daughter Ashley Holmes, 19, yanks out one of Danielle Staub's hair extensions. Staub is the reality show's resident villainess.
Holmes was found guilty of simple assault against Staub for the hair-pulling episode in January.
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" continues to deliver double-digit growth versus Season 1, averaging 2.49 total million viewers, up 15 percent.
"Watch What Happens: Live" Monday scored a record-breaking 2.4 million total viewers and 1.65 million adults 18 to 49, making it Bravo's highest-rated, late-night telecast ever and the highest-rated episode in series history across all key demos.
Hosted by Bravo's Andy Cohen, "Watch What Happens: Live," the late night interactive talk show, has averaged 1.47 million total viewers since moving to its 11p.m. time slot in April.
In next week's episode, Staub seeks her day in court and Laurita tries to get her daughter Ashley to face the seriousness of her actions.