Bravo profits from the Housewives’ businesses.
The women are known to hock their various ventures, but it’s not exactly * free * publicity. Per their contract, Bravo receives a percentage of the revenue earned from any business promoted on the show, with one exception: Bethenny Frankel. “In the first season of Housewives, I made $ 7,250 for the entire season but was the only person to put in my contract [that] anything I ever do, I own. And that ended up being a pretty good thing when it came to Skinnygirl, ”Bethenny told CNBC.