The Real Housewives is a reality television series, following the lives of affluent, bourgeois housewives and professional women in the suburban or urban areas of several American cities, with the suffix of the title taking on the name of that metropolitan region. The series airs on Bravo in the United States, on Slice in Canada, ITV2 in the United Kingdom, and various other broadcasters internationally.
The series' base concept and name are provided by the television series Desperate Housewives. However, while the fictional series details the life of one suburban neighborhood, The Real Housewives features women that live in various areas in their respective regions, but still are close friends or in overlapping social circles as some of the women are antagonistic to each other. Despite its name, only some of the housewives are married. As the series expanded, a mixed group of divorcees and single mothers are introduced. While the subjects that are revolved around the show are usually trivial or taboo, the show has also included serious and more realistic issues, involving suicide, divorce, broken relationships, bankruptcy, infidelity, fraud, family feuding, alcoholism, eviction, deadbeat parents, and foreclosures.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey is an American reality television series that debuted on May 12, 2009, and airs on Bravo. It is the network's fourth installation of The Real Housewives franchise. The Real Housewives of New Jersey chronicles the lives of five women in and around several communities in New Jersey.
Television is one of the major mass media of the United States. Household ownership is 96.7% and the majority of households have more than one. Its peak was the 1996-1997 season with 98.4% ownership.  As a whole, the television networks of the United States are the largest and most syndicated in the world.
As of August 2013, there are approximately 114,200,000 American households with television.