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Meanwhile... Premiere Of Tyler Perry's 'For Better or Worse' Makes History On OWN

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by Tambay A. Obenson
September 23, 2013 11:34 AM
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cast of For Better or Worse (courtesy of TBS)
cast of For Better or Worse (courtesy of TBS)

While the debate continues about the lack of, shall we say *color* amongst last night's Primetime Emmy Awards winners... Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network continues to make its own history, thanks to one Mr Tyler Perry.

Over 1.5 million people tuned in for Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse premiere on Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network last week.

The second episode (they aired back-to-back) did even better, drawing 1.6 million viewers.

The series led OWN to its most-watched Wednesday night in network history in total viewers and OWN ranked as the #3 cable network for the night in the key demo of women 25-54.

In addition, both episodes delivered triple digit growth in the time period versus their prior six-week average, and ranked as Top 10 cable shows on Wednesday night (W25-54).

Key Premiere Highlights courtesy of Nielsen:

For Better or Worse (Wednesday, September 18 at 9 p.m.)
· 1.23 W25-54 rating; 1.5 million total viewers
· +16% growth (W25-54) versus last season's average (TBS)
· #2 in the time period across all of cable (W25-54)
· Triple digit growth versus the prior six-week average (+102% W25-54)

For Better or Worse (Wednesday, September 18 at 9:30 p.m.)
· 1.29 W25-54 rating; 1.6 million total viewers
· +22% growth (W25-54) versus last season's average (TBS)
· #3 in the time period across all of cable (W25-54)
· Second episode built +6% from its 9 p.m. premiere in W25-54
· Triple digit growth versus the prior six-week average (+108% W25-54)

Will OWN one day be in consideration for Primetime Emmy Awards in the scripted drama or comedy series categories? Not with Tyler Perry's triple: For Better or Worse, The Haves And The Have Nots, as well as Love Thy Neighbor.

Although maybe OWN is probably most occupied these days with just staying afloat.

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11 Comments

  • CareyCarey | September 24, 2013 3:01 PMReply

    "this is the kind of entertainment black people demand. When you look at the shows that deservedly won awards, they aren't the kinds of shows that black people would watch in anything resembling the numbers quoted in this article. That is the problem" ~ Miles

    Well Miles, it's time we have a man-to-man talk. You know, the type in which two brothas sit on the front porch as the world passes by as they chop it up without fear of persecution or rejection from outside influences.

    First, I think it's important to note that I view you as I do Sergio, sometimes we disagree but there are other times in which we see eye-to-eye and are not afraid to tell others that we are in agreement. But today we seem to be at a bit of a crossroads which finds me objecting to the above quote.

    So, without further ado lets talk turkey, not some "film critics speech" laden mumble jumble designed to stroke egos and ingratiate oneself with the film snob crowd (read highbrow criticism). I'll go first because I am tired of people talking to me like I am a bald-head sucker with a tail.

    Now listen, about a year ago Malcolm Woodard wrote a post, "In Defining "Quality Black Cinema," Whose Lens Are You Looking Through?" in which, in essence he was implying that "quality" is in the eye's of the beholder, which is not necessarily defined in white folks terms nor that of film snobs of any color.

    Running with that ideology, when I look at your characterization of "black folks demands" and you classifying them as a "problem", I have to object. The problem does not rest at the feet of black's demands. I believe most blacks do not find pleasure in watching the plots/storylines of the Emmy winners. Lets take a look at the details of that "quality" entertainment.

    Mad Men: The life and times of white "Mad Men", focusing on one mad man and the people in his life, both in and out of the office. The plot focuses on the business of the agencies as well as the personal lives of the characters, regularly depicting the changing moods and social mores and decadent lifestyles of white people of the United States in the 1960s.

    House of Cards: People back-biting, lying, killing, cheating, deceiving others and screwing each others wives... fornication everywhere.

    Game of Thrones: A fantasy drama (that does not fantasize about black folks). Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores the issues of social back biting hierarchy, religion, corruption, sexuality, war and crime.

    As you can see Miles (and might agree), those plots may be the apple of many eyes and some would define them as quality entertainment but one can dress a pig in shinny Christmas paper adorned with well-written poetry, but the pig will still smell like sh*t, which will turn many away.

    That's right, black folks are being given the wrong rub. Because of their penchant for not loving films depicting unadulterated crime, blatant fornication, blood, guts and gore, some are misguidedly labeled as lessor-than's, po' church folks, uneducated, simple-minded and "having a problem".

    NO-NO-NO, a thousand times NO! The problem does not rest with black folks, many simply do not find entertainment in the above examples. The problem can be found in the title of Mr. Woodard's post "Whose Lens Are You Looking Through?".

  • CareyCarey | September 25, 2013 5:03 PM

    " Are people getting the entertainment they want or have they been conditioned to want the entertainment they're being given?"

    That's not a chicken or egg question, it's a straight forward question with an easy answer.

    Since all types and genres have been, and are, at their disposal, they're obviously getting what they're looking for. And yes, the "problem" is multilayered.

    So, I think that just about closes my argument.

  • Miles Ellison | September 25, 2013 4:36 PM

    This would be a chicken and egg question. Are people getting the entertainment they want or have they been conditioned to want the entertainment they're being given? The "problem" I mentioned has multiple dimensions. Some people complain about limited, stereotypical, offensive, or ineptly executed content, but don't take the trouble to patronize anything else. Other people are satisfied with the fact that a black creator of something is making money, regardless of whether or not it's actually any good, then are outraged when they don't win any awards for it.

    There are many black people who love movies featuring unadulterated crime, blatant fornication, blood, guts, and gore. There have been many such films made. Some of them have even had their directors promoting them on this very website.

  • Miles Ellison | September 23, 2013 11:04 PMReply

    The worst, most head-scratching winners at the Emmys are light years ahead of Tyler Perry's soapy dreck-o-ramas in terms of acting, directing, and writing. Judging from the ratings, this is the kind of entertainment black people demand. When you look at the shows that deservedly won awards, they aren't the kinds of shows that black people would watch in anything resembling the numbers quoted in this article. That is the problem.

  • Rocket | September 24, 2013 6:10 PM

    Marie,

    Yet Perry is single handedly saving Oprah's network. There is consumer base out there who responds to what Perry, Talbert, and others put out. It's senseless to look down our noses at them. They like what they like. They play the game better than many of their more "artistically inclined" counterparts.

  • Marie | September 24, 2013 9:32 AM

    Miles: you've said it all. Thank you! Tyler Perry's movies, plays and tv shows do serve one purpose, though—they can be used in schools to teach writers, directors and actors what NOT to do. His work is a masterclass in how not to tell a story well.

  • david | September 23, 2013 10:49 PMReply

    congrats, Ki Ki!

  • ChgoSista | September 23, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    "For Better or Worse" sucks giant, enormous, king-sized monkey balls. I did a better acting job when I was in a play in the 7th grade...

  • Ace | October 25, 2013 11:20 PM

    I had to search for a forum to talk about the bad and seemingly deteriorating acting in For Better or Worse. I just watched the Oct 23 episodes and it was painful. I really think the acting is getting worse. How can that be?

  • Jenni | September 23, 2013 10:27 PM

    The writing is appallingly bad. It's just filled with bad stereotypes.

  • sliceit | September 23, 2013 6:10 PM

    Thank You!! I thought I was missing something, but I do feel sorry for my girl Tasha Smith, she's surrounded by mediocre talent and a thinkless dialogue.

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