Bethenny Frankel‘s new talk show has been struggling with ratings during her first season, but a small bump in a key demographic may be a preview of things to come for the former Real Housewives of New York City star.
Bethenny remains at No. 14 for the week ending Oct. 27, but she saw a 33% increase in the demanding women 25-54 demo, topping rival Queen Latifah for the week.
Frankel’s talk show garnered a 0.8 in the demo, while Latifah posted a 0.6 — but the Queen still holds steady at No. 1 in the rookie talk show ratings overall for the sixth week in a row.
It’s the first time Frankel has topped Latifah in any of the ratings demos.
As Radar previously reported, Frankel’s struggle has been highly publicized, with sources telling Radar she was angry with boss Ellen DeGeneres for not bringing her more A-list guests.
The 42-year-old has been reportedly drumming up fake fights and controversies in an attempt to boost her ratings.
She’s resorted to having her friends ask celebrities that they know come on the show lately,” a source said about the people that have been booked on Bethenny for an appearance.
“And once the guests show up they find out that everything is manufactured.”
According to the insider, the entire production is “fake” and contrived.
“All shows have a ‘pre-interview’ for guests where they talk about what Bethenny is going to say to them and then how they should respond,” the insider told Radar.
“It’s basically a dry run for the show, but the guests say the pre-interview is totally fake. Bethenny has apparently started ambushing guests trying to start fights.”