Real Housewives Of New York Thriving Without Bethenny Frankel
Posted on Thu Jun 9, 2011 03:31 PM PDT

Bethenny200.jpgNEW YORK, New York (X17online) - The numbers are in, and The Real Housewives of New York is thriving without former cast member Bethenny Frankel.

The Bravo show's ratings have actually increased since Frankel departed to get her own show, Bethenny Ever After.

The second season of Bethenny on the other hand (which finished a few weeks ago), dropped 22 percent from is debut. The ratings were still strong, and the show has been renewed for a third season.

But RHONY is really bring in the numbers, with season four getting a 40 percent greater audience. More than 2.28 million viewers tuned in to the last episode. Bethenny averaged about 1.45 million viewers during its second season.