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Michaele Salahi's 'Real Housewives' real popular with viewers

More than 1.6 million people checked out the unveiling of "Real Housewives of DC" Thursday night at 9.

That's slightly shy of last year's "Real Housewives of New Jersey" premiere which copped 1.7 million.

On the other hand, "New Jersey" premiered in May (of '09) while "DC" is opening in August, when the number of Homes Using Television -- the so-called HUT level -- is down.

On yet another hand, none of the "Real Housewives" iterations has enjoyed the kind of pre-premiere publicity as did the "DC" version, thanks to the antics of cast member Michaele Salahi and her husband, Tareq who have managed to turn the ensemble reality series's other housewives into unwilling supporting cast members, including include Catherine Ommanney, the British divorcee who was married to a Newsweek photographer at the time of shooting; Mary Amons, the self-described super-mom who lives in a McMansion in McLean; real estate agent Stacie Scott Turner; and modeling agency owner Lynda Erkiletian.

In the most recent Salahi stunt, their lawyer is saying they are considering their legal options in re Whoopi Goldberg and "The View." The Salahis are unhappy that the show called them "White House gate crashers" when Michaele and the other housewives were on the ABC daytime talk show and are also mad that Goldberg touched Michaele Salahi during the show and yelled a four-letter word at then backstage.

"Real Housewives of DC" came in laps ahead in the ratings of all of the franchise's other iterations.

That includes "Atlanta" which opened to an audience of 656,000 in Octover of '08, "NYC" which logged 824,000 in March of '08, and the very first episode that started it all, of "Real Housewives of Orange County" which attracted 430,000 viewers back in March of 2006.

Oh, and you know all those people in Washington who said there was no way they were going to watch this drivel? More people in the Washington market watched "Real Housewives of DC" Thursday night at 9 than watched any other TV program -- cable or broadcast. About 5 percent of the town was glued to the show.

Washington was the show's highest rated market. But it also clocked strong numbers in surrounding markets like Baltimore, Philly, and Norfolk. It also performed well in other towns where "Real Housewives" franchises are located including New York and Atlanta.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 6, 2010; 8:21 PM ET
Categories:  Local TV  
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I am sure most of the ladies on DC Wives are nice enough BUT Salahis scumify the show. Oh well.

Posted by: MissClarty | August 6, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The Salahis say they would like to move on and stop talking about the White House crashing but maybe they shouldn't be so quick. If they don't have the Party Crasher shingle to hang what else do they have? Dead beat? Social Climber? Egomaniacs? They just aren't interesting. Without the Party Crasher title there is no reason to talk about them or watch them. Up until their 50K/episode job they were broke yet painting a picture of the international jet-setting couple. According to posts made by people that have known them this is their MO. Appearances are everything.

Join our Facebook page where we hold a mirror of truth up and have fun doing it: Tell the White House Party Crashers to Go Away

Posted by: seraphina2 | August 6, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Of course people watched, who doesn't want to see what these two despicable baby killers will do next?

Posted by: bromo999 | August 6, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

This looks like the "Real Housewives" series has another spoiled brat cast member in DC. The California and New York cast member groups were funny, if dumb. The Atlanta and New Jersey groups were dull, boring, obnoxious and stupid. Will we be able to laugh at Ms. Salahi or will we need to change the channel when she comes on the screen? We'll know soon enough.

Posted by: ejkelleher3 | August 6, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Shark week was better. Oh, no wonder the DC fake trophy wives show debuted this week!

How horrible to give the White House gate crashers more publicity. They deserve to be in jail!

Posted by: hockeymom1 | August 7, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

I don't get it. I've only seen a few minutes of The View and I HAD to stop watching it. Completely unbearable. What a waste of air these women breathe....

Posted by: cmecyclist | August 7, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I meant D.C. Housewives on The View....

Posted by: cmecyclist | August 7, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The Salahis are totally out of control! It's time for Michaele to go to rehab--image rehab! Do some charity work or just resist the urge to jump on every TV show that invites her b/c she inevitably fights with someone ...
That's just my opinion:
Image Rehab: What Should Michaele Salahi Do Next? | Famecrawler

Posted by: tonifitz | August 8, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

The Salahi's should maybe think about getting their own reality show and not taint the name of the District of Columbia since they seem to be bent on making everything about them. One thing DC and this administration does not need is anyone else trying to make them look bad, especially when there are so many other serious issues that need to be taken care. I personally think the Salahi's need to take a chill pill and stop thinking the world revolves around them because it doesn't. Actually this reality show needs someone else who is more positive that more folks can relate to.

Posted by: MB2007 | August 10, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

The Salahi's are the show.

I would have never watched it had I not met them.

Michaele there are more people that love you than hate. These same few women who were turned down for the show are SO JEALOUS of You. It really is funny. Still they have no life and are obsessed with posting messages of hate to you. Guess that is the only way they know how to relate. I heard Laurie S contacted one of the women and told her she looks crazy and to stop. Now she has to live under fake names to post her hate. Oh and the woman who hates you because you are skinny. More Jealousy. People like her have to pay to be thin. She is just angry you have it naturally.

Keep doing what you do Michaele.

The show is great so far.

Posted by: lisag1 | August 13, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

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