Posted on Wed Sep 7, 2011 03:45 PM PDT
The numbers are in for the controversial premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' second season on Monday -- and they're big.
The premiere got 2.2 million viewers -- up a whopping 42 percent from the first season's premiere last year.
The first season finale of the show got 2.8 million viewers, so, arguably, the second season's premiere was down a bit when compared to that. But, analysts pointed out that the drop could have been a result of the Labor Day holiday.
Ultimately, one thing's for sure: viewers did not see Russell Armstrong's suicide as a reason to stay away from the show.
But will ratings remain? Our X17online poll showed that 44 percent of readers who watched the premiere felt Bravo had handled the incident tastefully and said they would keep watching.
Only time will tell.
What do you think -- did people watch the premiere just to see the suicide controversy? Will they keep watching?
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