'Housewives' From Around the World

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Andrew Southam

Getting primped from left: Real Housewives Nene Leakes, Ramona Singer, Vicki Gunvalson, Kyle Richards and Caroline Manzo are players in a franchise valued at more than a half-billion dollars. Photographed Oct. 17 by Andrew Southam at Siren Studios in Hollywood.

With the series seemingly at its domestic cap, the franchise reaches millions abroad as it starts original spinoffs internationally.


U.K.: With the exception of the D.C. series, the entire franchise has performed strongly with U.K. viewers.

Netherlands: New York City, Orange County and Beverly Hills are popular with the Dutch.

Denmark: The Beverly Hills, D.C., New York City and Orange County shows do the best among Danish viewers.

Sweden: Orange County and Beverly Hills have had the strongest response here.

Poland: Polish audiences prefer both the New York City and the Orange County shows.

Germany: The only series resonating with German audiences is New York City.

Australia: Fans Down Under don't discriminate. Every series in the franchise has met a positive response with Australian viewers.


Real Housewives of Vancouver: Currently in production, the international series will bow in March 2012.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Now in its second season, the franchise's most decadent series has proven to be an international favorite (including in Spain!).

Real Housewives of Orange County: With its seventh season set to premiere in early 2012, the original series is among those performing well abroad.

Real Housewives of Atlanta: Despite record-breaking numbers domestically for the show's fourth-season bow, the series has not yet cultivated a strong international following.

Real Housewives of New York City: Perhaps because of its relative proximity, New York City performs strongly in most European countries.

Real Housewives of New Jersey: The popularity of HBO's Sopranos set the stage for this Garden State series to translate for a global audience.

Real Housewives of D.C.: Canceled after only one season, D.C. has seen a second life with Australian and Danish viewers.

Real Housewives of Miami: Much like D.C., the Florida-based series is connecting with viewers in Australia and the U.K.


Real Housewives of the U.K.*: With British viewers already familiar with the Bravo franchise, NBCU is looking to cast a U.K. spinoff in the near future.

Real Housewives of France*: Casting is currently under way for a French version of the series.

Real Housewives of Athens: Greece's ANT1 has already green-lighted a second season of the franchise's first overseas original format.


Real Housewives of Israel : The Israeli series bowed in October 2011, making it the second international Housewives show.

Real Housewives of Asia*: NBCU is exploring three regions for an Asian offshoot -- Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore -- but may decide to feature all three.

Real Housewives of Australia*: NBCU is in discussions to cast an offshoot in the country's affluent Gold Coast community.

* = city undetermined