Bravo’s Below Deck saw huge increases in the ratings this week with Captain Sandy firing Camille Lamb on last night’s episode, also giving a nice boost to the Southern Hospitality Season 1 finale.
Episode 9 of Below Deck earned a massive 0.34 in the P18-49 demo and 1,268,000 live viewers according to just-released numbers, easily making this week’s episode the highest-rated of Season 10 and enough to take the number 6 spot on all of cable behind only college basketball and the WWE.
The episode, which saw Captain Sandy Yawn finally fire Camille, certainly has fans talking with the #BelowDeck hashtag trending on Twitter. At the end of the episode, Bravo included the shocking Season 10 midseason trailer showing a comeback by none other than Captain Lee Rosbach.
All of the success gave follow-up Southern Hospitality a slight boost for its Season 1 finale, earning a 0.12 in the demo and 351,000 live viewers. The series, which follows Southern Charm’s Leva Bonaparte and the staff of her Charleston, South Carolina restaurant Republic Garden & Lounge, was up slightly from Episode 7 which earned a 0.08 and 269,000 live viewers just last week.
Overall, these numbers are pretty even for Season 1 of the Southern Charm spinoff. While Bravo has yet to officially renew the show for a second season, NBC executives recently expressed their pleasure with the ratings in an interview with industry outlet Deadline.
“For me, the little engine that could is Southern Hospitality,” said Kathleen French, senior vp of unscripted current production at NBCUniversal. “We’ve just had a nice kick-up in the ratings, and I’m hoping we’re going to see big things from that series in the future.”
Below Deck airs Mondays on Bravo.