ORANGE COUNTY (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Barney this week proved an unlikely ingredient might work in Bravo Housewives programming: positivity. Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Barney this week ended a season in which both women, on screen and off, told viewers that positivity has turned their lives around, both professionally and personally. A year ago this month, Tamra was throwing wine in someone’s face, and another housewife was threatening to throw Tamra into a pool. This week, Gretchen and Tamra still pulled in nearly the same television ratings, but while promoting positivity along with newcomer Heather Dubrow.
For Rossi and Barney, the season started with the two telling viewers that they had renewed their friendship. While some viewers were skeptical, true fans knew it was real. Online, Rossi and Barney have been Twitter friends all year long, retweeting each other’s business projects and personal successes far before the season started.
The friendship, moreover, grew as Heather Dubrow added to the Housewives’ mutual admiration. Progressively, that positivity turned into growing ratings. LALATE reported exclusively throughout the season how positivity because Gretchen, Tamra, and Heather was improving ratings, not dropping them.
The real test, however, was this week’s finale. While final ratings this week were slightly down compared to last year’s reunion, the ratings generally held well.
Since the season has ended, Tamra, Heather, Gretchen, and Slade’s business ventures have taken off. Rossi now stars in the new series Mia Mundo for Telemundo. Her Gretchen Christine Collection has expanded with references on Good Morning America, Chelsea Lately and Bethenny. Her new song first exclusively reported on LALATE, Unbreakable, has earned critical praise.
Slade’s new radio show has been a hit for Playlist 92.7. And recent Slade told news that Dr Terry Dubrow will be a regular guest on the program to discuss plastic surgery.
Barney’s biggest project, her fitness studio, is still in development. “Today has been a wonderful day. Great things happening with my fitness studio, can’t wait to share! Wishing everyone a relaxing weekend” she told news recently.
And yet, the Barney-Rossi-Dubrow positivity is certainly not the only Bravo example in which friendship leads to ratings gold. Earlier this year, Shahs of Sunset Season 1 ended with strong TV ratings. In their finale, the Shahs all gathered for a local meal and admitted that, despite all adversities, they are the best of friends.
While Bravo has yet to announce which cast members are returning for the next RHOC season, fans can be sure that Rossi-Barney-Dubrow for now are unbreak-a-ble, ‘ble and that you’ll never break them down.
Gretchen Rossi, Tamra Barney