Brandi Maxiell Saves ‘Basketball Wives LA’ From Ratings Slump

Published: Friday 29th Jul 2016 by David

Basketball Wives LA‘ star Brandi Maxiell has rescued the series from a worrying ratings slump it faced last week.

Good news below…

Currently in its fifth season, the LA arm of ‘Wives’ follows the lives of a group of women with romantic/professional ties to the world of basketball.

Its opening episode picked up 1.5 million viewers.

How things fared the week after? Miserably.

For, the second episode swept up a worrying 902,000 viewers.

All wasn’t lost.

Why? Several storylines fronted by Maxiell (her marriage, the introduction of her friend LaTosha Duffey and its affect on her friendship with cast mate Malaysia Pargo being three of them) pushed the show to a season high.

The exact number?



Her rescuing of the series is ironic, as the show’s fourth cycle saw her “fired” by one of the show’s “producers”/cast mates Shaunie O’Neal.

Fortunately for VH1, O’Neal’s role as producer is more one of vanity than power.

Put simply, she lacks the clout to fire any of the ‘Wives’ without VH1’s approval, rendering the scene below comedic for those in the know.

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  1. X_X July 29, 2016

    LMAO.. WHAT?? Her marriage is the most BORING story line of them all.

    • Bey Sting July 29, 2016

      Is that why they give her the most airtime. This season is all about her.

      • Lemonade 5 July 29, 2016

        Exactly! I think they even made her the first wife to appear in the new introductions this season. Vh1 knows what’s up.

    • Too fly July 29, 2016

      Exactlyyyy i was fast forward her marrige cause no one caressss

  2. Janet Xone July 29, 2016

    Come through Brandi! Let the fake producers continue to wield their fake power.

  3. King_Lonnie_19 July 29, 2016

    These ratings are bad who told you this lie? And she is not the reason I only watch for Meghan who is gone now And tami

    • LISA LEVINE July 29, 2016


      • Yeee July 29, 2016

        Right, the real reason is because of Tami, as she would say “bish bye”

      • Love July 29, 2016

        But if Tami is so good at bringing in ratings why did VH1 cancel her version of the show. After all, if she and Shaunie are so influential Evelyn’s leaving wouldn’t mean much. RHOA is fine without Nene so Bravo didn’t cancel when she left. The truth is that Tami can only slay when involved with drama which is why they rushed her over to LA when Draya quit. Neither she or Shaunie could carry their franchise so they HAD to join Jackie, Brandi and Malaysia.

    • Lemonade 5 July 29, 2016

      The show had its highest number this season in the week all of the storylines centred around her. I think the writing is on the wall at this point. Y’all need to learn that not everyone has to be loud and abrasive to bring viewers in. I personally think Phaedra’s comedy and one liners is just as important as Kenya’s messiness. If Shaunie and Tami were so good why did the network cancel their show after Evelyn left? They themselves knew they couldn’t function without her so ran to LA and tried to get their NeNe on but failed.

  4. #justsayn July 29, 2016

    They changed the time slot to 8pm instead of 9pm. Power comes on at 9pm! Brandi didnt do anything she didnt do previous seasons… I doubt ppl r tuning in just bcus if her! I really watch bcuz of Jackie Christie & Malaysia!

    • Lake Erie July 29, 2016

      Lmao! ! ☕

  5. Janet Xone July 29, 2016

    People who actually observe the show clocked this too. She has the most amount of scenes this season and all the stories start and end with her. It’s strange, Jackie is now a supporting character alongside Shaunie. Tami is so nice to watch now she’s in love.

  6. LISA LEVINE July 29, 2016


    • Lemonade 5 July 29, 2016

      Their husbands like that look. 🍵

  7. Justafan July 29, 2016

    Shaunie is BOOOOORRRRING. I still don’t know why and how she still has a role in the show. So stuck up for no reason #pressed

  8. Lemonade 5 July 29, 2016

    The real gag is that Shaunie wants anybody to believe she, one human being, pays each and every woman on that show with HER money. Do you think we’re fools?!! Not even Tyra would claim she paid Kelly Cutrone out of her own pocket. The production company and network are the ones who do the cheque cutting my friends. If she REALLY had power why would she cast Laura, the woman who is supposed to have slept with her husband, on Basketball Wives Miami? People are annoyed with her lies because they insult their intelligence.

  9. Danzou July 29, 2016

    Brandy Malaysia and draya are the best looking girls on the show

    • Reply At Your Own Risk. Leave the DumbFuckery At Door ~tyler July 29, 2016

      Malaysia and Draya are cute but Brandi….

  10. Kayla C July 29, 2016

    No one watches for Brandi LMAO, this site is so delusional. Draya clocked how boring Brandi was last season and now everyone is realizing it

  11. JoeJoe July 29, 2016

    Stop lying. Ain’t no ratings go up cause of no damn Brandi! Hell viewers wanted her boring ass off the show last season so why would everybody tune in now. Everybody’s tuned in cause of Tami, Jackie, and Malaysia. That’s it.

    • Love July 29, 2016

      So where is Basketball Wives Miami? Cancelled!

  12. Love July 29, 2016

    For me, I am annoyed that Shaunie thought the other girls were just supposed to accept how condescending she is and I think Vh1 made a point not to fire Brandi because of it hence all the airtime she gets now. Shaunie needs to stake her claim in the world away from Shaq so I get why she has to give the impression that she’s slaying but if she wants to claim that she is in control I need her to explain why she would give her ex husbands supposed lover her own spinoff (bbwla started off as Gloria and Laura as leads) and why its first lineup flopped. Some of the girls in that first season didn’t even last two episodes. Is Shaunie ready to take responsibility for that as an “ep.” No. That’s why Brandi doesn’t see the need to treat her as such because she knows that it’s vh1 who call the shots and pay her with the money they make from advertising. If you ask me, Shaunie’s desperation to give off this EP title actually ruined the show because now we have an entire storyline about how the show itself is produced. Brandi did the right thing by exposing this lie that has gone on for too long.

  13. Nikko July 30, 2016

    I watch because of her she doesn’t kiss nobody’s as$ lol get it girl… But I miss the original girls……

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  15. Vonc2002 August 1, 2016

    Yea, love brandi

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