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'Real Housewives of New York City' Ratings Do Just Fine Without Bethenny

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 11th 2011 2:00PM
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Maybe Bethenny Frankel wasn't as integral to the success of 'The Real Housewives of New York City' as we thought -- ratings for the Bravo show have actually increased since Bethenny Frankel left the show.

"During filming and again just prior to our fourth season airing, many articles popped up stating that RHONY would flop after Bethenny's departure," a current cast member told Rob Shuter of AOL TV sister site PopEater. "Many of these seemed to be veiled leaks by B and her team, designed to hurt us and boost her own spin off. Unfortunately for them, those plans didn't pan out."

While the NY franchise has seen its ratings continue to grow, Bethenny's second season has dropped 22 percent from her debut. That isn't to say it's not still a hit, though, and it remains the highest-rate solo show on the network. A third season has been ordered. Meanwhile, 'RHONY' continues to outstrip hers with 40 percent greater audience with more than 2.28 million viewers tuning in last week.

"Bethenny saw herself as the star of that show and assumed without her, less people would watch," the Bravo insider tells Shuter. "This is Bethenny's worst nightmare. She would have liked nothing more than the show to fail without her. She desperately wants her own reality show about her new married life with her baby to kick Jill Zarin and the other ladies asses."

'Bethenny Ever After' averaged a very healthy 1.45 million viewers for its latest season and has already been renewed for a third season. But more importantly what this has taught Bravo is that no one lady is more valuable than the show itself. So watch out NeNe, Teresa and Gretchen ... as much as we love you the real star is the show itself!

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HELLO MEANLADY

Bethany is doing quite well WITHOUT the housewives!!! hanks tp jill bethany moved on to much bigger and better things.

June 22 2011 at 11:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ppibac

I agree wholeheartedly with Starky , Nancy & Mails News........RHONY(whoever) are BRIGHT GREEN with envy & SOUR GRAPES!! I've watched since beginning, but other than 10 minutes of a couple of shows, have not cared to watch not the past (2) season. Those women (except Alex) are sooooo insiped & shallow. Their whole world revolves around NYC, which illistrates how narcisstic & empty their lives are. The producers of this group really get paid for such story lines that are so contrived and bring nothing to the series or entertainment TV. Also can't believe the planted rumors, re: ratings or negative Bettenny comments, probably by Jill & Ramona, as with others they have put out just to get the press exposure.
Bettnney was the most original personality of the group and that shows in her many accomplishments. Will continue to watch BEA, but not RHONY!!!!!

June 16 2011 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lore

I really can't stand to watch Bethenny. She's sarcastic and mean spirited and her last season on Housewives really turned me off. Good riddance was my thought when she left. The show is much better without her. Had no idea Bethenny's show was even still on the air. Guess I don't make an effort to follow her.

June 11 2011 at 10:49 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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HELLO MEANLADY

Well since you don't follow her let's fill you in with the fact she's now worth $120,000,000 BUCKS!!!! I doubt she's worried about folks who don't like her because life is soooooo good for her!!!

June 22 2011 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yolanda Lewis

Cindy is dead weight but Sonja is a great asset. If they add another lady please let her be a woman of color. NYC does have those ya know!

June 11 2011 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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HELLO MEANLADY

That would be the wrong mix with this group of nutcases!!1

June 22 2011 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Starky

Sounds like the RHONY castmate may be green with envy at Bethenny's monetary success. Whether Bethenny's people planted the articles or not, Bethenny is a winner in my book, with hard work, determination and refreshing honesty. Her show is uplifting and positive, while the housewives' shows are all about the "drama." Sour grapes, anyone?

June 11 2011 at 7:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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HELLO MEANLADY

Amen Starky, i am a fan of bethany as well. She's down to earth about who she is and what emotional issues she has and doesn't preend to be something she's not. I am glad God has blessed her with what she wanted most in her life, a good husband and a beautiful baby girl.

June 22 2011 at 11:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Nancy Martin

What a load of crap this is. "An Insider At Bravo said"......this insider should be fired. And the inference that someone on Bethenny's team started rumors that RHONY would bomb without Bethenny is just another case of Jill and company putting unwarranted blame on Bethenny for newspaper leaks like she did when Bethenny was on the show. They should all realize by now that Bethenny doesn't even think about them or their ratings or their business ventures. Why should she? They can't hold a candle to what Bethenny's done both in her personal life as well as her business life. Let the jealous mongers talk all they want. Bethenny has it all.....actually, that should be the title of Season 3.

June 11 2011 at 7:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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HELLO MEANLADY

Two thumbs up to all that you said. Jill with her evil hateful jealous self get's more pretentious and phony with each new season. Amen to you!!

June 22 2011 at 11:48 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Malls New

Bethenny's show is great, and it seems one is very jealous of her as the article mentioned "An Insider said"
It's an UP show unlike the fighting of the shows of all the HW's.

She had a passion and went with it. I'm so proud of her. She makes me smile, laugh, and cry. I just hope she can just enjoy the moments.

June 11 2011 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Malls New

Bethenny's show is great, and it seems one is very jealous of her as the article mentioned "An Insider said"
It's an UP show unlike the fighting of the shows of all the HW's.

She had a passion and went with it. I'm so proud of her. She makes me smile, laugh, and cry. I just hope she can just enjoy the moments.

June 11 2011 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Malls New

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June 11 2011 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
misspastel

Bethenny's show is great, and it seems one is very jealous of her as the article mentioned "An Insider said"
It's an UP show unlike the fighting of the shows of all the HW's.

She had a passion and went with it. I'm so proud of her. She makes me smile, laugh, and cry. I just hope she can just enjoy the moments.

June 11 2011 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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