Andy Cohen Reveals Why ‘The Real Housewives of Miami’ Was Canceled

As Bravo walks down memory lane, the network has been showing full seasons of shows like The Real Housewives of Miami. Fans are responding with enthusiasm wondering why the network canceled the show in the first place.

Lisa Hochstein, Lea Black, Adriana De Moura, Joanna Krupa, Alexia Echevarria
Lisa Hochstein, Lea Black, Adriana De Moura, Joanna Krupa, Alexia Echevarria |Tommy Garcia/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Bravo producer Andy Cohen recently shared that he understands how viewers fell in the love with the show. He too has been binging on the series and shared why the show only had three seasons. He agrees that it was beautifully shot and that the women (and men) on the show matched the lush backdrop of magnificent Miami.

But he said it all came down to the numbers. Like most shows that end up on the chopping block, Cohen said ratings trended downward. Plus even reunions and the end of the season show a lack of viewership.

Ratings tumbled so Bravo pulled the plug

Cohen mused about the show from bed and offered his thoughts. “It looks like a well-lit telenovela,” he observed. “The women are so beautiful. And the men and Miami. People ask me about Miami all the time and say will you ever bring it back?”

“The reason that we let it go was, I remember the ratings went down toward the end of the season,” he recalled. “Which never happens. Like it went down for the reunion, and if it’s going down toward the end that’s just never a good sign. But anyway, I hear your love all the time and really appreciate the show and the women.”

He is clearly into the show as he notes that Adriana de Moura has arrived during a scene he was watching. And she was going to cause some s**t. “You know it,” he adds. “And mama Elsa got sick and dropped out so that was a big hit for the show, it was … it just ended.”

Lea Black doesn’t think it was totally due to the ratings

Cohen shared in his book Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries that he knew the show was going to be canceled. “I knew the first question [during a Q&A in Miami] was going to be when is The Real Housewives of Miami coming back, and I said, ‘Never say never,’” Cohen wrote, US Weekly recounts. “But I could see from the women’s faces that they didn’t believe me and then I kind of didn’t believe me, but I was getting nostalgic for them.”

While he cites ratings, cast member Lea Black believes the cancellation was due to other factors. “It wasn’t the ratings because the ratings were equal to many of the other shows on the air at the time so I don’t think it was the ratings,” she said.

“The scheduling might have had something to do with it because they [Bravo] changed every week, it was on a different night or different times so that was a little confusing. For me, it was just a blip on my radar, it was four years, 30 episodes, three seasons out of my life. I met some interesting people, some of it was a bit of fun and I learned some hard lessons you know things you not only experienced in life, like people willing to do anything for attention.”