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‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Hits Premiere Week Ratings Record; ‘Bethenny’ Improves Slightly

Simon Cowell, Leah Remini and other guests lead ”The Ellen DeGeneres Show“ to a slight bump over last year’s premiere week

“The Ellen DeGenerous Show” premiered its new season to its highest debut-week ratings in the syndicated talk show’s history, according to preliminary data.

During the week of Sept. 9, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” averaged a 2.6 household rating — up marginally from the premiere week for its 10th season, which itself was a series high for premiere week.

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The premiere week of “The Ellen DeGeneres” show included appearances from actress Leah Remini, who reportedly engaged in a struggle to detach herself from the Church of Scientology earlier this year; “The X Factor” judges Simon Cowell and Kelly Rowland, and Celine Dion.

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Meanwhile, “Real Housewives” alum Bethenny Frankel’s new talk show showed ratings improvement in its second week, posting a 0.7 rating/5 share among women 25-54, a 17 percent improvement over both its peremiere week and the September 2012 time-period average.