The renewal isn't a surprise, as the show's second season last summer averaged 3.26 million total viewers and 2.32 million viewers in the Adults 18-49 ratings demographic -- making it the highest-rated season ever of The Real Housewives franchise.
Last month, the New York Daily News reported original The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast members NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak were demanding more money to continue on the show -- and producers were apparently making plans to continue with the series without them.
"Bravo has been taking meetings with some notable and wealthy Atlanta women about possibly joining the show," a source told the Daily News at the time.
"They're trying their best to keep the process under wraps, but they're gearing up to make a major move in the third season."
Bravo had no comment when contacted by the Daily News, but it was reported that any casting decision would not interfere with filming for the third season.
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