Basketball Wives Ratings Sink To New Lows As Viewers Turn Away From Bullying Drama

Published: Wednesday 7th Aug 2019 by David

As VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop‘ empire soars on a numbers front, its TV series ‘Basketball Wives’ finds itself skating on dangerously thin ice this season.

Find out why the show’s ratings have reached new lows below…

The demise of the show’s LA franchise saw members of its cast merge with the ladies of its Miami arm to build a new version of the show which is now set in Los Angeles.

Unfortunately, the merger has done little for VH1 on a ratings front thanks to a series of bullying scandals it has faced since it took place.

The first? Rooted in claims that members of the Miami cast bullied and harassed LA native Brandi Maxielle and were to blame for her departure for the series.

The latest? Their treatment of the Nigerian athlete Ogum “OG” Chijindu…a fan favourite.


Past seasons of the show have seen it pick up 1 million viewers an episode but this season, as a result of Tami Roman’s departure as a full-time cast mate and the weekly abuse Ogum is receiving, this season has delivered the worst ratings it has ever seen.

Fuelling its decline?

Videos like the one below….


…and tweets like these…


The third episode of this current season picked up only 700,000 viewers….less than a million (and in some cases 2 million) viewers that tune in to an average episode of ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’.


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  1. Tyty August 7, 2019

    Drama doesn’t mean bullying you can have arguments and fights that’s normal… but constantly looking for a victim (s) to bully every season is not fun to watch. Evelyn hides behind Shaunie and gets away with b******* other cast members wouldn’t. Shaunie raggedy ass can’t decide wether she is an Ep or cast member. They both dragged their has been behinds from their flop Miami show and ruined the La franchise. The viewers have spoken and cast shake up will entail or it will be cancelled thank god!!

  2. SMH August 7, 2019

    Lmao this is so stupid. ALL of those ratchet shows do this same sh*t, not just basketball wives.

    • Kris Jay August 7, 2019

      Right! I totally agree

    • Rosy August 7, 2019

      I know all the other shows are ratchet and now everyone is crying colorism really!!! Wtf wrong with these dark skin trying to start s*** are they trying to say if you have an argument with a dark skin woman you racist oh boy this is crazzzy

      • AR August 7, 2019

        I agree Rosy 100% OG just got on the show and shes becoming a bully too. She all in a family’s mix and telling S**T thats none of her business. And really who brought her into the group in the first place? Jackie?? She don’t fit in as far as I can see. Is she a relative of someone? Shes not a BBW.. How does she tie in with the rest?? Just asking..😒

    • Jasmine August 7, 2019

      There is something about the Miami version viewers were just TIRED and OVER (Shaunie, Evelyn, and Jen). The LA show had its own viewers and was doing quite well with Draya, Jackie, Malaysia, and Brandi. Shaun I ruined the show by bringing herself, Evelyn, and Jen to the LA show. It’s like Shaunie disregarded the FACT viewers forced VH1 to cancel the Miami show. Hopefully, CANCELLATION 2.0 will get the message in her thick skull that viewers don’t like the energy Shauni, Evil-lyn, or Jen brings.

      • Vanessa Hawk September 13, 2019

        It is time for Evelyn to go.Shaunie needs to own her lies also she knows Damn well she is a liar too, and just when you thought Shaunie was giving Jenn a break, she decides oh she really is a liar. Evelyn you and Shaunie need to go back to Miami and figure some **it out. My last season also.

  3. 2bad2bme August 7, 2019

    All I’m saying is Brandi was right about Shaunie. I’m sure Tami looks like a fool now that it all has come into the light.

    • Loonchiesmom August 7, 2019

      I so agree w/ you! Tami has found out how much of a friend to her Shaunie is NOT! She used Tami to raise the show’s ratings then brought back her bestie to cause drama for Tami. The show didn’t need Evelyn, but it will need Tami. Let’s see how long it lasts w/o Tami Roman. Wouldn’t be a trip if Tami’s new show aired on the same night & same time as BBW’s? 🤔🌴🕶

  4. Not David But DA’VEED August 7, 2019

    The has been on air for some time now. Shaunie should leave the show and reconstruct the cast.

    • Not David But DA’VEED August 7, 2019


  5. Jeans August 7, 2019

    Shauni is fake AF! OG is clearly getting bullied!

  6. Tiffany Ruffin August 7, 2019

    I’m not understanding where bullying plays a part in this show when every woman on the show is messy. Yall act like yall would take it lightly if somebody exposed your families business. OG ass is not nno saint…n for the record her dark skin has nothing to do with anything even if she was light skin she still wouldn’t make the cut it’s her features not her color so plz stop….OG was in her feelings bc Kristien has talked about her non committed relationship n used Byron’s son as amunition. Who said blood makes u family. So is that what u tell an adopted child? Why not go at Kristiens relationship but it wasn’t s*** she could say. Tami been a pitbull since season 1 so whose bullying her? Everybody on there is messy yall need to cut it.

    • Kris Jay August 7, 2019

      I agree with you! Imagine being forced to be around someone you don’t like. Your anger will come out.

    • ChocolateDipped August 7, 2019

      Girl please u must be a bully yourself sit down take a seat…

    • Tyler (We are the grandchildren of the slaves you couldn’t kill) August 7, 2019

      Kristin is the one who disrespected Byron to begin with. If she didn’t want her family business to be talked about, then she should have never brought it up in the first place.

    • Loonchiesmom August 7, 2019

      Girl please! Evelyn did the same shiz to Jackie but she wasn’t singled out like OG is being singled out. They don’t like OG bcuz she don’t kiss their a** to be in the “circle”, as they call it. Evelyn ain’t changed but one bit. She still the loudest punk in the crowd. I have never not once seen her really throw hands w/ anybody. She’s a shiz talker. So Christen can talk all da shiz about OG & her man but when she jabs Christen on the same level, they act like she just shot the president. Gtfoh! I don’t feel sorry for Jenn either bcuz every time she’s let back into the circle, she becomes that mean again. I’m over this show. They r too damn old to be acting like this. Shaunie always talkin bout they never show the good they do, but ur a producer so why is that so?

  7. Tosha August 7, 2019

    Clearly there is a double standard problem occurring on this season and has in the past. Bringing up other reality shows is not valid. Yes all the girls act ratchet, Yes all of them act messy, Yes all of them fight but that’s why it is clear that OG is being singled out. How is she aggressive and so much of a threat when all of them have jumped on someone or attempted to? Why is she called a “man”, “tazmanian devil or ugly?” OG is being singled out because she doesn’t fit the “standard” that people feels she should according to this superficial stigma of beauty that black people have placed on our women. OG is direct, she is confident and she isn’t conforming to the “it girl” mentality and because of that Shaunie and her fake followers peg her aggressive, a problem and wrong. This Is the reason people are stating that Colorism applies to the episodes, this is the reason why people are stating OG is being bullied, this is the way the double standard phenomenon applies and THIS is the reason why all of it is True! Colorism is extremely prevalent in the black community but black people do not want to address it but it’s real. They are loosing ratings because people dont want to see this double standard, discriminatory mess. Yea we watch it for the messiness, for the craziness for the chaos but people are sick of colorism and even worse sick of seeing black women discriminate against another simply because the darker color of her skin. We are so quick to point out white people want face their racist realities but we want either!

    • Rosy August 7, 2019

      Stfu OG !!!!

  8. Kris Jay August 7, 2019

    First of all who said OG was their favorite???? Second Evelyn does no wrong ! I’m forever watching this show. I don’t think no body on this show is a bully. If they don’t like someone and they have to be forced to be around them then their gonna be upset and annoyed

  9. Wendy Stacy Austin August 7, 2019

    Evenly, Shaunie, Malasyia, Kristen even Feby with that weak and wack rapping but they all fake and Evenly always jumping in people face but she never will jump to OG like that they all no OG ain’t going and they saying she in family business and Evenly was all in Jackie business with her daughter but none of them didn’t say nothing to Evenly that’s wrong Evenly always been overly aggresive cause she smell fear like a coward and now OG standing up for herself now she aggresive wateva we see it all so ya’ll wrong..

  10. Tyler (We are the grandchildren of the slaves you couldn’t kill) August 7, 2019

    I’m looking forward to seeing Evelyn get her ass thrown in the bushes

  11. Danielle D August 7, 2019

    Now everybody sees a problem. Tami has been a bully from day one. The icing on the cake is when she held that poor girls purse hostage.
    What a toxic show. Shaunie plays the mediator but is really an instigator.

  12. Dee August 7, 2019

    This Entire post don’t make sense this show been the same drama since it aired lol 😂 so why y’all acting surprised now smh 🤦‍♂️

  13. Adina… Adina… Say Adina August 7, 2019

    This is DEFINITELY colorism. True, they’re all messy to some extent, but OG is getting a BAD RAP… this is BS. Let’s not forget how Kristen literally THREW her FAMILY under the bus JUST to get in good with Shaunie and Evelyn. Now that Tami is leaving, OG is the only one that LITERALLY stands her ground like Brandi was and now, they wanna gang up on her. Evelyn is ratchet af and has ALWAYS been but she gets a pass… this is ridiculous. Take all the hags off and revamp

    • Marisol Salcedo August 7, 2019

      Girl please

  14. Kiki kapri August 7, 2019

    My opinion of OG has nothing to do with skin color. She is mean just like Evilyn, Jackie, Malaysia,Tami, they all say they have changed, just for an episode or two. This show has sunk to a new low this season
    Shaunie fake as hell. Cece is a piece of work tries to come off as nice n idk why they dont like me. Palease!!!! Tami at least got while the gettin was good. She walked the talk. The rest bah!!!!Good riddance to bad rubbish

    • Marisol Salcedo August 7, 2019

      This has nothing to do with color

    • Marisol Salcedo August 7, 2019

      I agree

  15. Danny Bey August 7, 2019

    I agree there is sort of a double standard when it comes to OG and the other women but Im not so sure its colorism. I think it has more to do with the fact that they just dont like her personality and that she doesnt kiss their a**. Look at everyone the “popular girls” get along with. Kristen, Feby, etc. Its bc they suck up to be in the inner circle. OG does not. nor Cece. Which is why they treat them that way. Its just easy to use the ‘colorism/ card bc OG is obviously does not fit in the aesthetically with the Western presumption of beauty that the other girls possess. And I like OG and relate to her as a dark African man myself. But you cant really use colorism when Jen, Kristen, Malaysia etc who are of similar complexions, have all been in the sister circle for some time. I think its more of a mean girl thing than a colorist thing.

  16. Loonchiesmom August 7, 2019

    Evelyn has always been the biggest punk & bully on that show. All she has is mouth. W/ all of her throwing shiz & jumping on tables, not one time has she put hands on anyone. Even when Tami slapped her ass on season 2. She still ain’t throw no hands. I’ve seen this woman sit directly across from a woman, not even 2feet, both at the end of a table & Evelyn gets up walks around the table, to get at this woman, who didn’t even move on her own. It was everyone else pushing her to move. She wasn’t scared of Evelyn. Then this punk ass grabs a wine bottle & throws it! If she really wanted to get at that woman all she had to do was reach out her arms & grab her, bcuz she was that close! I don’t feel bad for Jenn either bcuz she was a mean girl w/ ave for a long time! So was Shaunie’s hypocritical a**. Evelyn knows OG will body her a**. So does Malaysia. That’s why they don’t come at her all aggressive like they do everyone else. I’m glad Tami’s leaving bcuz Shaunie definitely ain’t her friend. She holds Tami to differ standards than Evelyn. It’s a problem when Tami don’t send Evelyn an invite, but when Evelyn doesn’t send Tami one, Shaunie has nothing to say. She’s always had more favoritism towards Evelyn over Tami, but what she didn’t realize was her show needs Tami not Evelyn! She got those ratings bcuz Tami came back. It wasn’t bcuz of Evelyn. Plus Evelyn was all in Jackie’s family drama but now has the nerve to tell OG how wrong she is about being in Kristen’s fam biz. Really? Where were those same words Shaunie gave to OG about Family business when Evelyn did it to Jackie? Do these h*** even remember everything they do & say is on camera forever?

    • Adina… Adina… Say Adina August 7, 2019

      Completely agreed… let’s not forget Evelyn’s failed solo venture on OWN. If she was bringing the ratings, she could’ve stood on her own platform

  17. Ms.Johnson August 7, 2019

    I don’t feel the show Basketball Wives is using color OG is messing as hell she has said things that she shouldn’t have said it was not her place to tell someone family business she should have told Cee Cee you shouldn’t be telling me the family business period so everybody need to get out of their feelings about OG she is not the only one on the show that is dark skin so please stop with the b*******

    • AR August 7, 2019

      Checkmate @Ms. Johnson!

  18. susan August 7, 2019

    Evelyn is a trashy s**** who always initiates the bullying & BS on the show. She hasn’t been with an NBA player since the show started so why is she on the show? Shaunie kisses Evelyn’s b*** & always takes her side. The show is an insult to black women. Please Cancel!!

  19. Marie mackee August 7, 2019

    I do not think it is about color.there are many beautiful Women of color.Jen is very beautiful All of the women are beautiful sorry but OG is not.

  20. Marisol Salcedo August 7, 2019

    Og had no buisness telling people that that boy was nit his real son. She is too damn nosey. And all u talk abkut is cor of people, that has nothing to do with it. Thats all uguys talk about all u talk about for every situation that arises.

  21. KIA August 7, 2019

    I’m sorry…. this article is BS… OG is annoying as hell…and most things she does she causes the reaction of the others.

    • AR August 7, 2019

      AGREE @ KIA 100000%

    • Sivee September 12, 2019

      BS. OG stands up for herself Point Blank Period
      She hasn’t started anything. Rewatch the season

  22. Ella August 7, 2019

    I use to watch when the series first started, now it is totally ridiculous with all the catty behavior, backstabbing and negativity.

  23. Nikki August 7, 2019

    It’s Shaunie. The arroragance and insults to the audience is coming back to bit her in the behind. No show for me!

  24. Charlotte Coachman August 7, 2019

    Colorist? Ummmm……No. OG talks too much. I swear folks use bullying too leisurely

  25. AR August 7, 2019

    I agree Rosy 100% OG just got on the show and shes becoming a bully too. She all in a family’s mix and telling S**T thats none of her business. And really who brought her into the group in the first place? Jackie?? She don’t fit in as far as I can see. Is she a relative of someone? Shes not a BBW.. How does she tie in with the rest?? Just asking..😒

  26. The Ant-Man August 7, 2019

    I don’t watch as much because Tami is not an active part of the show. Evelyn is a mess starter however she is nice to look at because she is beautiful but her attitude towards others suck. Glad Jackie has changed for the better. Malaysia is still awesome and the realest left since we don’t see as much of Tami anymore.

  27. Barbee August 7, 2019

    Y’all are killing me with this Evelyn bully mess! The worst case of bullying in basketball wives HISTORY is TAMI ROMAN and the way she bullied Keisha, where she took Keisha’s purse to the point of her having to go to the front desk! But y’all won’t say anything about that…evelyn lozada has never been a bully to that extent, ever. Evelyn is just bar none and she has been that way from day one. OG needs to learn how to be quiet and stay out of other people’s business. She did this with Kristen last year now she’s at it again.

  28. Shayla Queen August 7, 2019

    OG is the most beautiful out of them all

  29. Thapelo August 7, 2019

    this is some lying b******* …

  30. Ronald Jordan August 7, 2019

    OG is the realist!!!

  31. Larry August 7, 2019

    Y’all kill me with this colorist s***. If you have been watching this show you will know Ev, And crew are click having b******. They gang up on light and dark chicks , but this season OH come on here looking like a man acting like one and y’all jump straight to her color did you ever think it’s because she a s*** starter just like Cee Cee but oh yea Cee Cee is light skin so that would make u loon dumb ass hell. Stop with the color s*** we all black we a rainbow. Just cause these mean girls choose a darker girl to try don’t jump to colorist u helping white jumps beat us up as one race of beautiful people.

  32. Tish Jones August 7, 2019

    OG is NOT a victim of colorism. Ya’ll are really reaching. All if the females on this show are of different shades of melanin! People dont like OG because of her attitude. Her wigs being terrible are just facts

  33. Rayna August 7, 2019

    Please just stop it, please. This has nothing to do with colorism. Tammy was bullied and Tammy had bullied others such as Kesha have you forgotten that? Where were you all when tammy did that. I did not see this much post bother Kesha and Tammy are light skinned. They even talked about how kesha isnt black enough and relating Tammy to food stamps. But that’s okay. I get it you like og but then stick up for her. It has nothing to do with the skin color. Please leave that out.

  34. Mrs.Williams August 8, 2019

    Evelyn has been a BULLY for years and Shaunie O’Neal always consignee everything she does and it’s not cool..And this new chick Evelyn brought own is weak ass f*** because she says things about people then hind her hand but,she from NY and she dont hold her tongue for nobody child please she is clearly Evelyn’s mouthpiece .

  35. Irene Perez August 8, 2019

    I also stopped watching basketball wives do to all the bullying and two face people on it get rid of Evelyn and Christian

  36. Denise August 8, 2019

    Why is Evelyn being such a hypocrite by telling OG to stay out of Kristen’s family business. Did they all forget a few seasons ago when Evelyn was all up in Jackie’s family business with her daughter and why does Malaygia keep talking about my family, she is so corny. They all need a storyline, so picking on OG makes them relevant. This show has done it’s time on to the next please, it’s getting very old now…..keep standing up to them OG, you’re the only real one on the show.

  37. Karen Jefferson August 8, 2019

    I don’t like the show they are all so Petty and fake. And Evelyn I don’t like her. Malaysia gets on my nerve. I don’t like her here she comes with this fighting and throwing things on others I will not watch this show again. The show sucks they need to get off of the television.

  38. Carmen August 9, 2019

    I say stop watching bc I’m sick of shaunie getting away bc she produces the show like she’s off limits I’m sick of Kristin with her b******* i love og so i will stop watching it bc i hate shaunie so if everyone fell the same way just stop watch boycott it will be off tv im done

  39. Sivee September 12, 2019

    The fact that Shaunie the snake has labeled OG aggressive when she has NEVER thrown a chair, table, glass, bottle or fist is DESPICABLE. It’s all because OG stands up to those bullies. After the reunion, only to see OG, I’m DONE with Evilyn’s racist ass, Shaunie’s fake ass, Furball scary troublemaking ass & Malaysia who I’m totally disgusted with

  40. J September 12, 2019

    Evelyn has always been a bully that seems to be her story line always, she always got beef always being a trouble maker

  41. Samantha September 12, 2019

    I am team OG.Evelyn needs to go.This whole season she has done nothing but bully and talk about people..Cancel..that b….

  42. Lynne Larae September 13, 2019

    SHAUNIE is the WORST of the Bunch. She acts as if her & Evelyn are LOVERS. Would the Real BOSS stand up????…p.s I could see clearly why neither could keep a MAN. #TAMI #OG even # Jen

  43. Nancy Ortiz September 13, 2019

    Why everything has to be about racism a Hispanic woman cant say anything and defend herself but is ok for a African American woman to say what they want. And when they dont like it they make it about color .you guys are stuck on racism that is the only cards you guys have and use for everything.

    • Ree September 19, 2019

      The last thing she should have called her was “gorilla” out of all the words Evelyn chose that one too call OG. Come on now nooooooo. That’s like if a black women called her a wet back or beaner… s*** would be F’d up wouldn’t it?

  44. RB September 23, 2019

    I believe that majority of the ladies are a bunch of bullies. I feel that they should be a union and try to uplift one another instead of trying to get cool points by tearing each other down. I’m younger than all of them and I don’t look at them being old. I look at them being wise and strong. They should be happy that they have older castmates because some people don’t live that long. Plus, I’m sure the more seasoned castmates can help guide them in ways. It’s really an ugly look for themselves and the show. I truly admired each of the ladies but why would anyone want to look up to them when they’re being so negative. I probably would do the same as Tami Roman.

  45. Pip September 26, 2019

    Who is this ugly um oogly um he she manly chick Togum (kudos to Evelyn cuz that was LOL). IT has such a stinky stanky attitude. She/he/It is not even a basketball wife. She brings nothing of value to the show. Neither does Cece.. Togum and Cece need to exit the show to make room for new interesting cast members to be added. This season was one of the worse. Add some new blood and I can be a fan again. Not watching plastic face and ugly inside and out violent Togum aka Ogum.🙁🤦🏽‍♀️

  46. Theresa Marshall October 9, 2019

    STOP watching this show, Shanie Oneal treat women like a dog. Money is not that important. Shanie theaten these women because she pays them to belittle each other. What profit a person to gain the world and lose her soul.)

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