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‘Below Deck Mediterranean’: Captain Sandy Says Season 6 Ratings Are Stronger Than Ever

Captain Sandy Yawn from 'Below Deck Mediterranean' reports that season 6 ratings are on track to smash the season 5 record. But ratings this year face a few complicated factors. This includes having the series stream one episode ahead on Peacock, plus lockdown conditions lifted and pent up demand for travel and vacations soared.

Captain Sandy Yawn shared that combined live and Peacock ratings positioned Below Deck Mediterranean Season 6 to outpace season 5. “Thanks everybody for tuning in to this new season! Just got word that with Peacock TV, ratings are higher than last year! And we are just getting started! #BelowDeckMed has the best fans,” Yawn shared on Facebook. She added two ratings posts from the Bravo Ratings Twitter account that showed live ratings.

How are the ‘Below Deck Mediterranean’ Season 6 ratings?

This season of Below Deck Mediterranean won’t be as cut and dry when it comes to tracking viewership. Live ratings are not the only avenue to view the season. In addition to DVR recordings, the entire season will stream on Peacock, dropping one upcoming episode ahead of the Monday night Bravo airing.

Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck Mediterranean Season 6 cast photo
Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck Mediterranean Season 6 cast photo | Laurent Basset/Bravo

Bravo Ratings tracked the season premiere with “1.135 million viewers (0.31 18-49 demo)” and the second episode with “1.155 million viewers (0.34 18-49 demo) *season high*.” Below Deck Med Season 5 kicked off with more than 1.5 million live viewers, held steady, and then soared from there. Some viewers commented on the current live ratings, asserting that the show took a hit. However, others observed live ratings are still higher than other Bravo shows.

‘Below Deck Mediterranean’ Season 5 was the highest rated season in ‘Below Deck’ history

Below Deck Mediterranean Season 6 comes off of the hottest season in the history of the show. “Season five of BelowDeckMed finished as the highest-rated season in Below Deck franchise history among total viewers, garnering nearly 2.6M viewers an episode,” Bravo PR reported in Oct. 2020.

Season 5 was up significantly from Below Deck Med Season 4, which was also heralded as a success. Bravo PR tweeted, “The Naughty Yachties of #BelowDeckMed are reaching new highs as they’ve sailed their way to the most-watched episode of the series-to-date among total viewers, delivering 1.3M P18-49 (up +3% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.5M P25-54 (up +2%), and 2.7M total viewers (up +6%).”

Colin Macy-O’Toole from Below Deck Mediterranean Seasons 3 and 4 spoke to Showbiz Cheat Sheet about ratings and why viewers return again and again. “I think it’s the fresh faces every year,” he remarked. “People like that. The charter guests are different every year. The location is different every year.” 

Other factors could influence ‘Below Deck Med’ and cable ratings

Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5 aired during entirely different circumstances, which could play into the ratings. The pandemic continued to create lockdown conditions and restrictions, which likely prompted more people to stay at home and watch television. However, a game-changing vaccine allowed most restrictions to lift and summer travel soared when Below Deck Med Season 6 aired in 2021.


‘Below Deck’ Surpasses ‘Housewives’ and Becomes Bravo’s Top Rated Show

But other Bravo shows are seemingly taking a hit too. The Real Housewives of New York City reports lower ratings. Also, Million Dollar Listing New York‘s ratings dropped from season 8, which aired in 2019. Thus far, Below Deck Mediterranean is the only Bravo show simultaneously airing live while streaming on Peacock.