After being named one of the best television shows of 2019, Bravo announced Below Deck Mediterranean posted the largest ratings growth of any television series.
The series, which recently wrapped season 4, exploded in the ratings, consistently gaining viewership throughout the season.Bravo reports this season, “the largest P18-49 rating growth of any television series broadcast in the last four years”.
Captain Sandy Yawn shared the news to Twitter. “WOW! Thanks to all the fans and friends of #BelowDeckMed I LOVE you All! @BravoTV.”In addition to the show that surpasses the rest, the Bravo network remains number one in primetime” with the F18-49 and the F25-54 in cable. This is the third year in a row that the network has earned this ranking. “Bravo will close 2019 as the fifth cable entertainment network to achieve the highest rank ever.
A smash hit but no reunion
Viewers celebrated along with Bravo and Yawn. Some gave deckhand Colin Macy-O’Toole credit for being the heart of the series. Others believe that the nice but strong leader of the show motivates viewers to return every week. “We all love BDM and Sandy tweets with all her fans and make us all feel’ one big family. Captain Sandy is very special in the Yachting industry, which is mostly male, “replied a fan to Yawn’s tweet.
One person pointed out that despite the show being a smash hit, it still wasn’t given a reunion. Fans were disappointed when season 6, season 6 only allowed a one-hour reunion, held at the Watch What Happens Live Clubhouse. Real housewives and Southern Charm reunions take place at a target location and consist of more than one part.
However,stew Anastasia Surmava shared with Out in the Wild podcast that the production made a real episode instead of doing a reunion. “We did 18 episodes which is the most that’s ever done,” she says. “The reunion is usually the 18th episode. But we’ve done a full 18 episode season.”
Ratings continued to climb throughout the season
Below Deck Med season 4 launched on the heels of what is considered to be one of the most dramatic seasons of Below Deck. Below deck season 6 had viewers on the edge of their seats as the season included a near-death experience, fired by crew members and insane charter guests. The season was also nominated for an Emmy.
Instead of allowing viewers to catch their breath, Below Deck Med started off with a bang. The show included the first female chef to board Sirocco with food poisoning but then showed a serious lack of skill. She was fired and Surmava moved to the role of chef. Another stateroom was hired, but the scheme still didn’t work. Surmava eventually returned to the role of stew and favorite, chief Ben Robinson swooped in to save the day.
Each week throughout the season, ratings bested the previous week. When Robinson arrived, Below Deck Med had another record. Bravo Ratings tweeted, “# BelowDeckMed S04E13 – 1,705 million viewers (0.60 18-49 demo) -series high total number of viewers. Below Deck Mediterranean has reached a new series for the 3rd time this season – this is the highest number of viewers the show has ever had! ”