LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – The looming Joe Giudice & Teresa Giudice prison time won’t just impact RHONJ but also RHOA, LALATE can report. Currently, BravoTV is dealing with two ratings powerhouses, RHONJ and RHOA, where criminal convictions are the centerpiece of the season’s storyline. Last Sunday, BravoTV debuted a new season of RHONJ in which much the entire episode was about whether Joe Giudice is going to prison, whether Teresa Giudice will be sent to state prison, and the future impact on their family. The storyline, however, was a ratings failure for BravoTV. Now, LALATE can report that BravoTV is highly likely gauging viewer reaction to the Giudices’ criminal matter, and its impact on BravoTV ratings, as a way not to repeat the same error next season when Apollo Nida goes to prison on RHOA.
Before last Sunday, Joe Giudice & Teresa Giudice’s criminal matters were readily understood by viewers. Most viewers currently comprehend that Joe Giudice & Teresa Giudice are likely to both go to prison. But the element for legal uncertainty in their looming sentencing sets the stage for a RHONJ storyline. Nevertheless, when the RHONJ ratings were out the next day, the reaction was stunning. Viewers tuned off RHONJ in record numbers. Social media showed little interest in the couple’s legal dilemma which was neither entertaining programming nor interesting programming.
LALATE can report that it is highly likely that BravoTV is watching what they did wrong with filming, editing and storylines with the Giudices to not make the same mistake next season on RHOA with Apollo Nida. RHOA is the golden child of BravoTV ratings. And disturbing that Atlanta ratings powerhouse, by focusing too much on Nida and Phaedra’s issues, could turn off RHOA viewers as well. LALATE previously reported exclusively that BravoTV was filming cast members in the ATL the very moment that Nida was sentenced. And no, Phaedra was not in court alongside her husband to give him support.