By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 21, 2013 at 8:37PM
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it has ordered an additional 26 episodes of the network's popular comedy from Tyler Perry Love Thy Neighbor (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) bringing the total season order to 52 episodes.
The current cycle will have its two-episode finale tonight, with the new episodes premiering in January 2014.
Love Thy Neighbor is set at a family-run diner, where feisty matriarch Hattie Mae Love (Patrice Lovely) has her hands full not only managing her customers but also her family drama.
Since its debut on May 29, the series is averaging over 1 million total viewers, registering high in the women 25-54 demographic, and is Wednesday night's #1 original series on all of television for African American viewers.
In addition, the network has ordered an additional four episodes of the Tyler Perry drama The Haves and the Have Nots on top of the 16 additional episodes ordered in June. This brings the total order for The Haves and the Have Nots to 36 episodes for its first season.
The series continues to break ratings records each week with its most recent broadcast on Tuesday, August 20 scoring its highest rated episode to-date in the network's key demo of women 25-54.
By the way, as previously announced, Tyler Perry's sitcom For Better or Worse will take over the time-slot beginning Wednesday, September 18, with two back-to-back half hour episodes at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m - all new episodes for season three.