'Vanderpump Rules' Producers React to Record-Breaking Season, Explain Why It's Hard to Celebrate This Win

'Vanderpump Rules' Producers React to Record-Breaking Season, Explain Why It's Hard to Celebrate This Win
Ariana Madix
May 2023

The Vanderpump Rules season 10 finale broke viewership and ratings records.

The finale drew a combined audience of 4.1 million viewers on Bravo, on-demand, and the Peacock platform within three days, and producers are now sharing their reactions.

Ratings have been driven up by the cheating scandal when Ariana Madix discovered her boyfriend of nine years Tom Sandoval was having an affair with her close friend Raquel Leviss.

Keep reading to find out more...Producers Lisa Vanderpump and Alex Baskin said they had mixed feelings about the rise in viewership and ratings.

"There's the producer part of you that loves some of the drama," Lisa said to Variety. "I would be lying if I didn't say that you love the fact that the story keeps going. But you also have to understand I'm so emotionally invested in these young people."

"It's hard. There's a human cost, not just a joyous celebration where we can send a note out to the cast and celebrate how well we're doing," Alex said.

Lisa was asked if she thought the rise in ratings would have an impact on Emmy consideration. "I don't like to think of it like that at all because it's still still a very painful experience," she said. "But it's been an extraordinary series over the years, it has had many highs and so many lows, but we've stuck with it."

Last week, Lisa shared that she hadn't had any contact with Raquel Leviss since the season finale aired.

When Alex was asked what to expect from season 11, she said, "I always say, 'I don't know.' That's all going to have to emerge. And one of the challenges of this genre in particular is we have far less control than anyone would like to prescribe to us."

The cast of Vanderpump Rules got together again for the first time since news of Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss' affair.