Famed for its unique storyline of chronicling the social lives of Atlanta doctors and doctors’ wives, audiences were easily engaged to and by BRAVO’s ‘Married to Medicine.’ a truth underscored by the show quickly becoming a ratings force for its network.
Yet, despite commanding millions of viewers at the height of its popularity, increased competition from similarly structured programs, shake-ups with the cast, and the unceremonious ousting of fan favorites seemed to be the catalyst for decline in numbers over the last 2 years.
Faithfuls of the Mariah Huq-created show may have had higher hopes for its season 8 premiere on March 7, but Nielsen ratings analysts have dashed them with the final update on the episode’s viewership tally.
Viewership = 729,000
With the 2021 NBA All-Star Game and ‘Walking Dead’ leading the night’s most anticipated programs, Season 8 of ‘Married to Medicine’ opened Sunday (March 7) to 729,000 viewers – the lowest viewership figure a season premiere of the series has drawn to date.
Although it ranked #19 among all cable programs that aired March 7, ‘Medicine’ came in 9th place among the night’s regular unscripted series (which excludes sports, news, and specialty programming).
Look below to see how the season 8 premiere stacks up against its predecessors.
‘Married to Medicine’
Season Premiere Viewership
Season 1: 1.89 million
Season 2: 2.40 million
Season 3: 1.33 million
Season 4: 1.67 million
Season 5: 1.48 million
Season 6: 740,000
Season 7: 980,000
Season 8: 729,000
Bonus: Black Lives Matter protests, the global health crisis, and other socially pressing issues were among the hot topics viewers can expect Anila, Toya, Jacqueline Dr. Walters, Dr. Simone Whitmore, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Dr. Contessa Metcalfe and their friends, Lisa Nicole Cloud, Quad Webb and Kari Wells, to address over season 8.
See the trailer below: