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4 Million People Watched The Season 6 Premiere Episode Of BET's 'The Game'

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 28, 2013 8:26 PM
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Well, the press release says "nearly 4 million" people, although it doesn't give the exact figure.

Also worth mentioning from the release is that "nearly 3 million" viewers watched the premiere of Let's Stay Together, which aired after the premiere of The Game.

Those figures include audiences who tuned in during the actual premiere hours, as well as those who watched during the encore broadcasts.

They are inline with BET's other current hit shows in Real Husbands Of Hollywood and Second Generation Wayans.

Although the "nearly 4 million" viewership for The Game is less than it was for season premiere episodes during the previous 2 seasons: 7.7 million viewers in 2011, which is still a record, and 5.3 million viewers for 2012. So a steady decline overall, over the course of the 3 seasons since the series debuted on BET in 2011.

Should the network be worried about the future of The Game?

Details via press release from BET below:


THE GAME Season 6 Premiere Is #1, Delivering More Total Viewers And Adults Compared To All Other Returning Cable Sitcom Telecasts This Season

THE GAME And LET'S STAY TOGETHER Are This Season's Top 2 Returning Sitcom Series Premieres On Cable Among Total Viewers

March 28, 2013 - BET continues to takeover primetime with Tuesday's telecasts of new episodes of THE GAME and LET'S STAY TOGETHER! Returning for a sixth season and marking its 100th episode, THE GAME premiere delivered more viewers and adults 18-49 compared to all other returning cable sitcom telecasts this season making it the #1 returning sitcom telecast on cable. THE GAME and LET'S STAY TOGETHER are now this season's top 2 returning sitcom series premieres on cable among total viewers. And, the LET'S STAY TOGETHER season 3 premiere telecast is the #1 sitcom telecast in its time-slot on cable among all viewers and adults 18-49 this season.

The season 6 premiere of THE GAME premiered Tuesday night to a total of 2.5 million viewers during its 10:00 p.m.* premiere. When combined with THE GAME's 11:30 P.M.* encore episode, it attracted almost 4 million total viewers. And, LET'S STAY TOGETHER 11:00 P.M.* season 3 premiere drew 1.9 million total viewers. When combined with LET'S STAY TOGETHER' 12:30 A.M.* telecast the season premiere attracted almost 3 million total viewers.

*All Times EST

Source: BET Corporate Research via Nielsen LIVE + SAME DAY "FAST NATIONALS" DATA

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  • Tee | December 4, 2013 3:32 PMReply

    This show is TERRIBLE now. BET made a gigantic mistake writing off Melanie and Derwin. If anything, they should have done a spin off and changed the name. At least keep the original integrity of "The Game" intact.

    If they were smart, they'd have them back on as a guest as a way of keeping them involved in the show. I find it ridiculous that these people were all like "family" and now nobody keeps in touch with them. What, the Davis' never come back to visit? Tasha was about to carry Melanie's baby and now they don't speak? This sh*t is awful! BET needs to fire their writer ASAP because this story is so unrelistic.

  • dennis | June 12, 2013 2:25 AMReply

    the game i have to say was good when Kelly was on but these two so called trying to build a relationship is so corny he cant act and she cant either his is so corny its making her corny and i know she has some kind of game because she was around little Wayne please get rid of HIM

  • Ebony | April 1, 2013 1:45 PMReply

    I have watched the game from season 1 until now I must say that the show started to suck after season 3. And now that Melanie and Derwin are gone it's really gone to crap. The premiere was horrible, horrible acting. Good story line, but horribe acting by the new guy, Lauren London, and Ciara. They are gonna have to do better if they wanna keep the fans who only watched the 4th and 5th season because of Melanie and Derwin and now that they are gone they really have nothing holding them there except for maybe Wendy Raquel Robinson.

  • sandy | April 1, 2013 6:57 PM

    I watched it from season 1 and have over and over again, I agree the first 3 seasons were the best. I teared up watching Derwin cry I wish Derwin and Melanie guest starred sometimes that would make it better and if Kelly comes back to claim her man! and where is Brittney? Wasn't Jason taking care of her? Tasha Mack is great but I feel she might have to try harder to be funny and it might get annoying we'll see.

  • AI | March 29, 2013 11:23 AMReply

    I watched. It was better than the previous two seasons, but Mel's presence was missed.

  • Roberto | March 28, 2013 10:56 PMReply

    I havent watched in seasons and I watched the premiere bcause i'm a fan of Brandy...horrible..sorry the writing and some of the acting(Ciara) was cringe worthy wont be back

  • Anon | March 28, 2013 9:56 PMReply

    I used to watch and like it, but now that Mel and Derwin are no longer on, I'm not interested. They were the core of the show and the reason for watching in the first place. The other characters and storylines aren't very interesting or realistic. I'm out. ... This show might have two more seasons and then it'll be canceled.

  • Nadell | March 28, 2013 9:05 PMReply

    Who watched "The Game"? Did it meet the expectations? Did it fall below?
    (I didn't watch)

  • Chemerai | May 14, 2013 11:08 PM

    I love the new season. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much without Mel and Derwin but I have been pleasantly surprised. Mel and Derwin had history but I really enjoy watching Nlie and Keira's budding relationship. They have great on screen chemistry. Tasha's love triangle is icing on the cake.

  • DJohnson | May 10, 2013 1:53 AM

    I am enjoying this season. I love the new additions and the developing relationship with the new football player and his potential girlfriend

  • Adam Scott Thompson | March 28, 2013 8:44 PMReply

    It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

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