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'Real Housewives' Season 2 premiere numbers are in

September 7, 2011 |  3:26 pm

Real Housewives premiere ratings 

Curiosity about how Bravo would handle the Season 2 premiere of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" following the recent death of Russell Armstrong translated to nearly 2.2 million viewers.

It's a slight dip from the 2.76 million viewers the series drew for its debut season finale back in January but a bump from last year's premiere, which drew 1.5 million viewers.

The Monday night premiere featured a brief segment with the "Housewives" and their husbands discussing the recent suicide of Armstrong, the estranged husband of Taylor, who did not participate.  

Bravo had been under microscope in the aftermath of Armstrong's death, with critics questioning how the network would proceed with the season in light of the senstive situation. The network decided on re-editing the season. How exactly that would unfold is still to be determined. The first episode scrapped a scene, which appeared in the original version, of Taylor shopping for lingerie in an attempt to spice up her marriage. Still intact was the dinner party scene that focused on Taylor defending her decision to attempt couples therapy with Russell.

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" airs Monday nights on Bravo.

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— Yvonne Villarreal

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Photo: Kim Richards, left, Adrienne Maloof, Kyle Richards, Taylor Armstrong, Camille Grammer, Lisa VanderPump. Credit: Evans Vestal Ward/Bravo.

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