Given the intense media coverage of the recent suicide of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-star Russell Armstrong, there were high ratings expectations for the Monday season premiere of the Bravo reality series. The second season opener did solid business on a holiday night, drawing 2.2 million viewers. But that was nowhere near a record — it as down 21% from the show’s first season finale. Still, it was up 42% from the series’ debut last year.
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