‘Vanderpump Rules’: Final Season Numbers May Help the Network Make a Decision About Another Season

The final cable ratings are in and Vanderpump Rules season 8 is the lowest-rated season in the series.

“S08 Average – 1.159 million viewers (0.43 18-49 demo) *lowest rated season*,” according to Bravo Ratings. Adding, “last season’s comparison: S07 Average – 1.251 million viewers (0.51 18-49 demo).” In addition to the season being the lowest rated, the reunion was also the lowest-rated in the series too.

Stassi Schroeder, Dayna Kathan from 'Vanderpump Rules'
Stassi Schroeder, Dayna Kathan |Nicole Weingart/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

“S08E24 – 1.055 million viewers (0.36 18-49 demo) *lowest reunion rating ever*,” Bravo Ratings tweeted about the third installment of the three-part reunion. Adding, “S08E23 – 1.189 million viewers (0.43 18-49 demo) *lowest rated P2 reunion*.” And “also, last week was the lowest rated reunion rating in #PumpRules history.”

Why do ratings matter?

Why are some series canceled? Andy Cohen, the executive producer of the Housewives franchise shed some light on why some shows are canceled. The reason had a lot to do with ratings.

He mused about The Real Housewives of Miami on his Instagram story. While he enjoyed the series, he said it was ultimately canceled because the ratings continued to drop. “People ask me about Miami all the time and say will you ever bring it back?” Cohen shared.

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“The reason that we let it go was, I remember the ratings went down toward the end of the season,” he shared. “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.” Not only did Vanderpump Rules ratings drop overall this season, but they also dropped for the reunion.

The controversy may not help their case either

Shortly before the second installment of the reunion aired, four cast members were fired. Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired for racist actions against a former cast member. Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens, who were new to the show, were both fired for racist tweets. Boyens and Caprioni’s tweets surfaced earlier in the season. But both received a slap on the wrist and no further action.

Bravo took a serious stance during protests over racial injustice. Cohen hosted a multi-part series about racism. Amid the discussions, the Vanderpump Rules firings occurred. Fans and former cast member Billie Lee are also calling for Jax Taylor to join the list of fired cast members too. Fans assert he displayed both racist and homophobic attitudes in the past.

However friend Lance Bass recently came to Taylor’s defense. “I do not think Jax Taylor is a racist or a homophobe and I have said that millions of times,” he said on The Daily Popcast with Lance Bass podcast, US Weekly reports. “I would not be acquaintances with someone if I thought you were a flat out racist or homophobe. It doesn’t make sense.”

Lisa Vanderpump issued a statement condemning the cast’s actions but still showed support. Her remarks were met with mixed reactions. “I love and adore our employees and I am deeply saddened by some of the lack of judgment that has been displayed,” she wrote.