‘Ellen’ Season 13 Debut Ties for Highest Rated Premiere Since Launch

First new episode of Ellen DeGeneres talk show featuring Caitlyn Jenner gets same numbers as 2004 series debut

Ellen DeGeneres
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“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” debuted its thirteenth season Tuesday, and earned its highest ratings since the show premiered in 2004.

The season premiere, featuring Caitlyn Jenner’s first TV talk show appearance, got a 3.2 rating and 9 share among households, matching its series premiere 11 years ago.

The show also got a 1.8/11 in its targeted demographic of women aged 25-45.

During the thirteenth season premiere, Jenner recalled when she almost transitioned from male to female at age 39, but “just couldn’t do it,” and why now was different. She also spoke about “stealthy” cross-dressing in the past, claiming to have never been caught despite being such a public figure. Jenner assured DeGeneres that she doesn’t miss being Bruce at all and that she still does everything she always used to do as a man — including golfing from the men’s tees.

For premiere week, DeGeneres will host two shows from New York City and welcome guests including presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Amy Schumer and Jimmy Fallon.