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'Love Thy Neighbor' Premiere Is 2nd Highest Rated Series Debut In OWN Network History

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 30, 2013 at 5:27PM

Not quite the same record-setting digits for The Haves And The Have Nots, but, compared to other OWN shows, a strong start - enough to make it the second highest-rated series debut in the network's history.
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Drew Scott (Darmirra Brunson); Floyd Stanley Jackson (Palmer Williams, Jr.); Hattie Mae Love (Patrice Lovely); Linda Love Harris (Kendra C. Johnson); Danny Harris (Andre Hall); Sam Parker (Jonathan Chase); Marianna Perez (Zulay Henao) from "Love Thy Neighbor." Photo courtesy of OWN
Drew Scott (Darmirra Brunson); Floyd Stanley Jackson (Palmer Williams, Jr.); Hattie Mae Love (Patrice Lovely); Linda Love Harris (Kendra C. Johnson); Danny Harris (Andre Hall); Sam Parker (Jonathan Chase); Marianna Perez (Zulay Henao) from "Love Thy Neighbor." Photo courtesy of OWN

Not quite the same record-setting digits for The Haves And The Have Nots, but, compared to other OWN shows, a strong start - enough to make it the second highest-rated series debut in the network's history.

As I said yesterday, let's see if both new shows have legs.

Details on Love Thy Neighbor's figures via press release from OWN below:

OWN PREMIERES SECOND NIGHT OF ORIGINAL TYLER PERRY PROGRAMMING WEDNESDAY AS SITCOM "LOVE THY NEIGHBOR" DELIVERS 1.65 MILLION VIEWERS AND BUILDS TO 1.8 MILLION WITH SECOND EPISODE

Tuesday's Record-setting Premiere of Perry's Drama "The Haves and the Have Nots" Ranks in Top 10 Cable Telecasts for All Women

OWN is Tuesday Night's #1 Cable Network in All of Television for African-American Women 25-54

OWN is a Top 10 Cable Network Across All Key Demos on Tuesday Night

Los Angeles - OWN premiered its second night of original programming from Tyler Perry on Wednesday, May 29 with two back-to-back half hour episodes of the sitcom "Love Thy Neighbor" 9-10 p.m. Continuing OWN's solid ratings momentum, 1.65 million total viewers watched the premiere at 9 p.m. (1.4 W25-54) making it the second highest rated series debut in network history across all key measures (second only to Tuesday night's premiere of Perry's drama "The Haves and the Have Nots"). The second episode of "Love Thy Neighbor" at 9:30 p.m. built to 1.8 million viewers, growing +8% in the network's key demo W25-54 and +9% in total viewers.

In addition, with competitive data in today from Nielsen, Tuesday night's two-episode premiere of "The Haves and the Have Nots" (9-11 p.m.) ranked among the night's Top 10 cable telecasts for all women and was the night's top two non-sports telecasts in all of television across all key African-American demos (overall #1 AA W25-54, #2 AA W18-49, households and total viewers.) OWN also ranked as a Top 10 cable network across all key demos on Tuesday night and the #1 network in all of television for African-American W25-54 (6.71) finishing +19% ahead of second place. The series was OWN's highest rated premiere in network history with 1.77 million viewers tuning in to the premiere at 9 p.m. and building to 1.8 million viewers at 10 p.m. (Competitive data for "Love Thy Neighbor" will be available tomorrow).

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