July 15th, 2010
02:20 PM ET

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ episode earns record ratings

You would think another table was flipped.

Many, many people tuned in to Monday night’s episode of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” pulling in record ratings for the network that launched the five-city reality franchise.

This episode featured a showdown (once again) between Teresa and Danielle. Danielle was called a [expletive], Teresa's home was said to be in foreclosure, a chase ensued, heels were broken and then, lo and behold, Danielle’s hair was pulled (but, strangely, not by Teresa - Ashley jumped in and did it for her.)

About 3.2 million of you tuned in to watch this, because you apparently could see the fight coming from two weeks away – the previous episode had all the appropriate build-up to ensure viewers that yes, there was going to be some sort of smackdown, or at least some thrown furniture.

As a result, Monday night's episode will now go down in history as the highest-rated non-finale episode for the series.

It was also a great night for the loveable Andy Cohen. The "Watch What Happens: Live" episode following "Real Housewives" on Monday was the most-watched late night program ever for Bravo, EW.com reports, with 2.4 million viewers.

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  1. hes

    watching the 'nice' ladies justify the constant stream of nasty names that roll off their tongue and the physically threatening behavior is a little sickening. watching caroline, theresea, ashley and even jacqueline become ugle in deed, word and spirit is quite sad. caroline, calling another person a piece of garbage kinda makes you look like garbage. Theresea, flipping tables and calling a woman nasty names in front of her two young daughters shows an ugly side to you that is hard to forgive. all of you constantly accuse Danielle of ugly behavior but actually you do most of the name calling as well as all of the physically threatening behavior. ashley hasn't been nice either but i don't blame her – she is young and is simply joining the abusive example of her mom and aunts. and shame on andy, for reveling and profiting from all the nastiness. kudos to dina for giving her family an example to follow of kindness and compassion – too bad no one in her family is paying any attention.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. RK

    I have never seen so much poor judgement in fornt of children. Thats what needs ot be discussed. Theresa should be forced to watch herself and so should Danielle. Danielle clearly needs to have DFS take these girls away. None of these kids have manors and or boundries. Clearly from lack of parenting. I would not be surprised if Theresa's hubby leaves and tries to kill himself. heck that DUI may have been just the start of it. his financial obligations thanks to his wife and what he allowed is sad. These people should go back to basics and remember what is important. of course I to can not stop watching this train wreck. Glad you are not my parents. You are all except Manzo just sad.

    August 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nathan

    I love the Houswives series, but The Real Housewives of New Jersey doesn't even compare with the other ones. Every other one is better than New Jersey, New York being the best. If it wasn't for Danielle the show wouldn't even be worth watching.

    July 21, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. angelofdevs

    Real housewives, real psychological issues? Read, discuss and decide for yourself!


    July 16, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chasaty

    So far, every "rich" woman i have seen from New Jersey looks 20 years older than she is, has a fake tan, and hallucinates that she is beautiful and classy. This includes the girls from Jersey Shore and You're Cut off.

    Now, i imagine that the working class women of New Jersey look much better than the spray tanned, leather-faced women on these shows.

    July 16, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    I don't believe for one second that nonsense about how someone told Ashley that Danielle hit her mother. Ashley lied and attacked Danielle without provocation. Ashley is nothing but a snotty, spoiled little brat. And despite what Teresa says, published reports indicated that her house was in foreclosure. From what I recall, Teresa and her husband only had a combined income of $80k last year, but between their homes, his business, etc., are $11 million in debt.

    July 16, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. sharshar

    guys, it's all scripted for the show – duh! If it wasn't over the top, no one would watch. Bravo to Bravo for pulling in the ratings.

    July 16, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Robin

    Teresa caused this fight and wanted this confrontation from the beginning of the night. Danielle truly did not want a confrontation. I like Teresa but she was the cause of this. I think she handled it immaturely. And I think Ashley should be slapped. She acted like a brat! Lets move on to something beyond Danielle. Stop giving her so much power.

    July 16, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cathy

    Theresa was aching for a fight - that's no secret - she's an instigator. More than once, the other women have expressed the desire to not have Danielle's name raised or any of the issues she brings but it's always Theresa who feels the need to stir the pot. That being said - they are all idiots. Danielle and her fake posse LOL - and the paranoia thinking she needs "protection" - holy crap!! If Danielle said something about foreclosure - well that's no secret either - it's public information and has been in the papers - so Theresa put on your big girl panties and just deal with it. LOL I watch the show just for the entertainment value - they wouldn't know reality if it bit 'em on the backside LOL.......

    July 16, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Adel

      Cathy ~ i so agree with you...If Teresa was lady like as she claim she would not have gone outside and waited for Danielle...i mean what classy person does that. In addition she deserve what Danielle threw in her face regarding her home being foreclose.....You want to insitgate..well there you go......I also think this is the worst Housewives show by far. And for the record i don't watch this particular housewives just happened to catch this episode today.

      July 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michael

    How much of this is real anyway? And how much is semi-scripted with incredibly bad actors? My wife watches these silly "Housewives of" programs, and all I've ever seen is melodrama of the worst sort. Who would actually live like that with people who are supposedly their friends? Trust me, a large portion of what you see is total BS. The producers set a tone for the horrible actors to follow.

    July 16, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. maryann

    danielles face is not as scarey as teresas forehead, and they should throw the Teresa family off of the show.

    July 16, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      Yea what's with Teresa's forehead???? Why is it so small.......her hairline is right above her eyebrows? Is that fake???

      July 16, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bic Crappa

    Teresa looks like Eddie Munster!

    July 16, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      There's a huge increase in reality shows about women being mean to each other. There's the housewives, basketball wives, flavor of love, rock of love, ochocinco, cut off, charm school, etc etc. I'll be the first to admit that I watch this garbage. Then again I'm grown woman who is married and educated. I wonder how these shows impact young teenage girls??????

      July 16, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Denise

    They ALL make New Jersey women look very bad. We are quite different than what this program makes us out to be. They should be ashamed of themselves they way they are making the women in this state look like, especially Danielle.

    July 16, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Same can be said for Jersey Shore (even though the people there aren't even from Jersey).

      July 16, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. LT

    I was one of the millions watching. I like Theresa but she was in a bullying mood. Danielle could not handle her or herself–what a whimp crying over fake hair–get over it. Ashley better watch herself,act your age Ashley–go to school,get a job,stop the negative behavior– .Love Andy's Watch What Happens Live–should be 1hour.

    July 16, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. mskitty

    jacqueline's dtr should be thrown out on the street; and why does "danielle" always wear long sleeves that cover her
    hands when she's driving????? what's she hiding....not much, as is shown in her loser behavior,regardless of where she is...i can't get over why she thinks she looks good or deserves any attention, much less respect....she looks plastic, acts plastic, and the hoodlum bodyguards she has, are even too good for her.

    July 16, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  16. watchwhathappens

    I agree with sara. It is very scripted and contrived.

    July 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. sara

    This is the reason that nut Danielle will stay on this show, all of these morons that watch for the trashy fights. I wish Theresa and Danielle would both leave. I skipped the episode because you can tell this is all so scripted it's ridiculous.

    July 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  18. ProperVillain

    Let the decline of western civilization commence.

    Funny how most of the posters on here that watch the show have a less than stellar grasp of the english language and an even worse track record for correct spelling. Do I sense a correlation?

    July 15, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. nicky

    Daniel you are also watching trashy tv.......... You would not comment if you weren't watching. The world has to balance!!!!!!!

    July 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Hurts

      Just because someone leaves a comment doesn't mean they watch the show.

      July 16, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  20. Daniel Troppy

    Who is watching this crap tv program? No wonder this country is in the mess it's in look at what people watch on tv. If people just tuned into more educational programing people who wake up for their sleep and pay attention to the world around them. Dreadful just dreadful. There isn't 1 woman on any Housewives series that even has STYLE. Dreadful just dreadful.

    July 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Sassy

    Digusting display of immaturity. Instead of picking fights Teresa and Danielle should set an example for thier kids. Sad what lows people will sink to for ratings!!! Officially tuned out!

    July 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Nicky

    Teresa is full of sarcasim. She really wanted a fight, but danielle knows how to push their buttons. Teresa is playing tough, talking about she is from Patterson, like who the hell care. She knows that D is afraid of her, but now D is getting stronger. Just thinking, Teresa want to meet some Brooklyn house wives, and then would be running.

    July 15, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Horrible

    You can see pass the facade...their horribly ugly..It sickens me...Im going to puke.
    Stupid make-up cant help them. HORRIBLE!!!

    July 15, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Austin Chick

    What in the "Hell" is Danielle doing to her face! She beginning to look like Michael Jackson. No movement! At All!!!

    July 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  25. di

    instead of Dina leaving Danielle should leave and her children taken given to her ex husband she is trash

    July 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      Yea but without Danielle there is no drama. If theres no drama, there's no show.

      July 16, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |


    July 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Anjisan

    So Theresa's tipping point was a rumor about her home in forclosure? NOT Danielle ruining a fundraiser for a baby with cancer, NOT antagonizing Ashley, NOT Danielle bad mouthing Dina, Caroline, Jacqueline or Theresa for being bad mothers? Are you seriuos? Theresa, fight for what really matters.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  28. nora

    They all deserve each other! Such trash! Love to watch.... hate to be them! Teresa says she a nice girl??????!!!
    Come on? She is everything trashy about New Jersey, such a stereotype....she says she just wanted to talk..Please!
    She wanted a fight... , and her husband! What a joke!!! Who could write this stuff???

    July 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJ

      You are exactly right about Teresa wanting to fight. Personally, I would not want to be any of their friends. They are all horrible to me and so high school. And the daughter is allowed to behave the way she does, but how can you expect any less when the mother and aunts are all the same.

      July 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  29. N

    Monday's episode was everything I could have hoped for.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • sirwalt3

      boy.... guess money can buy alot of things but it does not buy CLASS!!

      July 16, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Fab

      Can't beat a fight between a Jersey girl and a tranny!

      July 16, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Darlene

      Where do you begin? The only person that really understands spirituality is Dina. Who is Danielle fooling? Theresa is in complete denial from her house to her husband. She is always throwing herself at Joe and it looks like he is repulsed by her. He doesn't even want to kiss her. Ashley is a total spoiled brat that needs to stop disrespecting her parents on TV no less. Kim G needs to take her medication because she is totally Bi Polar. They all need to drop her off at Newark Air Port and leave her there.

      July 27, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |

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