The "Real Housewives" franchise make up some of Bravo's most popular shows, spanning from New York to Beverly Hills and beyond.What goes on behind the scenes may be even more dramatic than what you see on television.These are 17 things you probably didn't know about the "Real Housewives" franchise.From the outside, Bravo's "Real Housewives" appears ultra-glam. There are luxurious trips, fancy cars, and designer clothes, all appearing among drama-packed feuds as well as silly, meme-worthy moments.Sometimes, it's hard to know what exactly is real about the popular reality show. Are those phone calls happening in real time' Is the drama organic'These 17 strange, little-known facts prove that sometimes the truth behind the glamorous world of reality television is much stranger than fictionand the lines between the two are often blurry. The "Real Housewives" franchise isn't limited just to the United States.Though the show has seen hundreds of wives in its iterations across the country, spanning from Beverly Hills and Orange County to New York and New Jersey, those aren't the only wives on TV screens.International versions of the show, including "Real Housewives of Vancouver," "Real Housewives of Athens," and "Real Housewives of Israel," are broadcast in their respective countries.Vicki Gunvalson is the first (and longest-running) housewife in the original franchises.Gunvalson was a member of the original "Real Housewives of Orange County" cast, which made up the very first version of the show. Over nearly 13 years, fans have seen Gunvalson in just about any and every situation, from screaming about "never having been with multiple partners" on a ski slope to screaming about being forced to ride in a "family van" to the airport. "Real Housewives of Atlanta" scores the highest ratings most consistently.The wives of Atlanta tend to garner the most consistent ratings. Nene Leakes was, at one point, considered the "highest rated" castmate in the franchise. At its peak, "RHOA" captured an audience of nearly 4 million live viewers.Recently, though, "Real Housewives of Orange County" came out on top in terms of ratings. Currently, it's the most-watched version of the series. See the rest of the story at Business Insider Click here to read full news..