‘Below Deck Med’ Ratings Hit All-Time High

Below Deck Mediterranean set sail after coming off one of the most explosive seasons in the franchise’s history.

Below Deck, season six was consumed with serious drama that included a near-death experience, verbal assault, a crew firing, and more than one crew romance. In fact, the season is up for two Emmy awards as viewership exploded.

Joao Franco, Captain Sandy Yawn |Photo by Greg Endries/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

So did viewers stick around for Below Deck Med? The season is a few episodes in, so has viewership enthusiasm been sustained? Or was season six of Below Deck like capturing lightning in a bottle?

Below Deck Med began with big news

Before the season started, Captain Sandy Yawn broke thrilling relationship news exclusively to Showbiz Cheat Sheet. The charismatic captain shared she’s finally found love with gospel singer Leah Shafer.

Yawn was so smitten with Shafer she packed up and moved to Shafer’s hometown of Denver, Colorado. “I moved here for love,” she said. Shafer said she too couldn’t be happier.

“It was definitely unexpected,” Shafer shared. “It just happened, when you meet another soul that you connect with at such a deep level, it is unexplainable and so beautiful.”

Which made the new cast pretty interesting

Viewers eagerly anticipated Yawn’s return. But they were also thrilled to learn deckhand Colin Macy-O’Toole was back. Plus the season is revealing a kinder, gentler side of bosun João Franco and a super-focused chief stew, Hannah Ferrier.

Like every season of the franchise, viewers also meet new cast members. While the new deckhands and stews seem to be fun and positive choices, the chef is bringing more drama than perhaps the show anticipated. Chef Mila Kolomeitseva kicked off the season suffering from food poisoning. But then showed that her culinary skills were extremely lacking.

However, the most controversial part was the chef’s homophobic views and opinions. She shared them with some crew members, who immediately shunned her. Media outlets begged to know what Yawn thought. “You know, to be honest, nothing. I would have pulled her aside and talked to her,” she said during a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. “However, she’s there to do a job. I don’t bring social biases into that.”

Are viewers tuning in?

Based on social media comments, it appears that viewers are more engaged than ever. Cast member social media followings have increased. Plus fans appear to be excited to interact with several crew members on Twitter.

But what do the numbers show? Bravo Ratings tweeted that episode three of the current season was the highest rated episode of the show at the time. “S04E03 – 1.699 million viewers (0.61 18-49 demo) *series high*” Adding, “this is the highest rating (total viewers and demo) that #BelowDeckMed has received in all 4 seasons!”

Although episode three rocked, episode four was just as highly rated. Bravo Ratings tweeted, “S04E04 – 1.617 million viewers (0.63 18-49 demo) *series high in 18-49 demo*” and “for the second week in a row, #BelowDeckMed reached a series high in the 18-49 demo – this is the highest the demo has been in all 4 seasons!”

Bravo PR also shared the exciting news. “With an ocean of drama #BDMed sailed it’s way to the highest-rated episode of the series across all key demos, delivering 1.3M P18-49 (up +18% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.5M P25-54 (up +15%), and 2.6M total viewers (up +10%)”