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Basketball Wives is an American reality television series that premiered April 11, 2010 on VH1. It chronicles the lives of a group of women who are the wives and girlfriends, or have been romantically linked to, professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association, though the title of the series does not make this differentiation, solely referring to the women as “wives”. The show is filmed in Miami, Florida, and beginning with season four, partially in New York City. The show premiered alongside the new series Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business and What Chilli Wants averaging a 1.0 in the 18-49 demographic, reaching 1.6 million total viewers. The Season 2 finale brought in 2.28 million viewers, with the third season premiere attracting 1.82 million viewers. The fifth season debut acquired 2.39 million viewers.
Basketball Wives spawned a Los Angeles-based spinoff, Basketball Wives LA, that premiered in 2011, featuring former cast member Gloria Govan. Ev and Ocho was to be the second spinoff of Basketball Wives, but was shelved due to Chad Johnson being arrested in August 2012 on a domestic violence charge for assaulting Evelyn Lozada and the couple’s eventual divorce.