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Report: 'The Real Housewives of NYC' cast unsigned for second season


By Christopher Rocchio, 04/26/2008 

The women on The Real Housewives of New York City may not want to be portrayed in the same light as their Orange County counterparts, however they apparently wouldn't mind being in the same pay bracket.

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Although Bravo recently renewed The Real Housewives of New York City for a second season, the show's five stars -- Alex McCord, Bethenny Frankel, Jill Zarin, LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer -- have yet to sign on for it, sources told the New York Daily News in a Friday report.

"They made under $10,000 for the first season, while the Orange County housewives get $100,000," another "insider" told the Daily News. "They can't even get their hair done at these prices."

The Real Housewives of New York City was Bravo's highest-rated first season docu-reality series in the network's history in both total viewers and the Adults 18-49 demographic.  The show averaged 1.137 million total viewers and 843,000 viewers in the Adults 18-49 demographic during its broadcast run, according to Nielsen Media Research.

In addtion, the show's April 15 finale broadcast was its highest-rated episode across all demographics -- garnering 1.462 million total viewers and 1.059 million viewers in the Adults 18-49 demographic.

Prior to The Real Housewives of New York City's March premiere, a few of its stars were vocal about being compared to the women featured on The Real Housewives of Orange County.

"We are pretty different people," McCord told the Daily News at the time. "We are not in a gated community. We are in the thick of things, doing our activities and coexisting with 8 million other people."

"I would not want to be portrayed as the women on The Real Housewives of Orange County, to be perfectly honest," added Frankel, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart's runner-up.  "So that was a little scary."

Bravo announced it had renewed The Real Housewives of New York City for a second season -- and The Real Housewives of Orange County for a fourth season -- earlier this month.  Both renewals were announced as part of an aggressive programming slate that will see the network launch a fourth night of original programming on Monday nights.

In addition, Bravo also ordered The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which will follow five of the Garden State's most affluent women and their families.

(Photo credit Bravo)


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