Andy Cohen explains ‘RHOC’ ratings to Kelly Dodd

Allow him to explain.

Andy Cohen broke down exactly how TV ratings work after ousted “Housewife” Kelly Dodd questioned what appeared to be low numbers for Season 16 of “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

“Good morning! Reboot going great. Feels like a return to form for #RHOC,” Cohen, 53, tweeted at Dodd, 46, on Tuesday. “Look at the delayed numbers, not live. That’s what’s measured.”

The “Watch What Happens Live” host’s clapback came after the former Bravolebrity insinuated that the current season has been getting worse ratings than when she starred on the reality show.

“Wait, wasn’t I the ratings problem?” Dodd tweeted on Monday after seeing a post about Episode 4 only bringing in 822,000 viewers.

“Wasn’t there a boycott ?? We got over a million viewers 14 out of 16 weeks last season despite HUGE competition from election coverage on the news !!!” she added. “This year ? #RHOC16 under a million 3x in 4 weeks ! Hey @Andy How’s that reboot going ???”

A screenshot of Kelly Dodd's tweet about "RHOC" ratings.
Dodd questioned how successful the rebooted “RHOC” has been.

However, Dodd stands by her tweet, explaining that she intended to compare Season 15 overnight viewers to Season 16 overnight viewers.

“Numbers don’t lie,” she told Page Six in a statement. “We did a straight up comparison using real overnight data. His response is pure spin. If he’s gonna add later views to this years overnight ratings he needs to share the added views to last year too. If the reboot was truly a success, the next day ratings would reflect it.”

She added, “Season 16’s numbers would be higher than Season 15’s. Instead they’re significantly lower and show many viewers have turned off the show. Based on the Instagram comments I’ve seen, it seems like a lot of Bravo fans can’t stand Heather [Dubrow] and won’t watch anymore.”

The same website that tweeted “RHOC” Season 16, episode 4 had 822,000 viewers, also claimed that “RHOC” Season 15, episode 4 had 1,012,000 viewers when it premiered in November 2020.

Dodd, who was fired from “RHOC” prior to Season 16 over her controversial opinions about the COVID-19 pandemic, has had a challenging friendship with Cohen over the last year.

During the Season 15 reunion, Dodd called Cohen “anti-American” because he didn’t like former President Donald Trump.

She later claimed that her comment was taken out of context and that she was arguing that people on social media call Cohen “anti-American” but he isn’t.

“It’s not that he’s anti-American, I don’t think he’s anti-American at all,” Dodd told E! News in January. “But I get people that DM me that say that, doesn’t mean it’s true. That’s what I meant.”

Andy Cohen and Kelly Dodd talking at the "RHOC" Season 15 reunion.
Dodd frequently faced backlash from fans, especially during Season 15.
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Since her departure from the series, Dodd and her husband, Rick Leventhal, have been co-hosting a podcast, “Rick and Kelly UNMASKED,” where they discuss many topics – one being the current “RHOC” season.

Bravo didn’t immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.

“The Real Housewives of Orange County” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.