I’m actually not at all surprised. Certainly there was a lot of curiosity, at least, even if it wasn’t pure interest in the content. I was just curious to see it all for myself, even though I didn’t tune in, because I was busy with something else.

Series premieres of new programs tend to be strong, as the strength of the content itself (and/or its appeal to its target audience), as well word-of-mouth, then determines whether those premiere ratings numbers hold up in successive weeks, for the rest of the season. 
Per press release from OWNthe debut episode of Tyler Perry’s new original drama series The Haves and the Have Nots last night, drew 1.77 million viewers total, making it the highest rated series debut in network history.

OWN premiered two back-to-back episodes; the first attracted 1.77 million total viewers for the premiere at 9 pm, building to over 1.8 million viewers tuning in for the second episode at 10 pm. 

So is this a “hit” for OWN and Tyler Perry? We’ll find out in the next few weeks. It’s obviously a strong debut, as expected.

Tonight (Wednesday, May 29) marks the premiere of Tyler Perry’s new comedy series Love Thy Neighbor, also with two back-to-back episodes, each a half-hour, from 9-10 p.m. The series is set at The Love Train Diner, a family run restaurant where every day the menu serves up good food, great laughs, valuable life lessons and a whole lot of love.  Diner owner and feisty family matriarch Hattie Mae Love (Patrice Lovely) has her hands full not only managing her customers but her family drama, too.

I expect tonight’s premiere to score high numbers as well.

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