Tyler Perry's 'The Haves And The Have Nots' Is OWN's Highest Rated Series Debut Ever!

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 29, 2013 4:40 PM
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Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots"
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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27 Comments

  • dj | June 8, 2013 4:27 PMReply

    Some pretty awful acting. Where did they get these people?

  • Latricebrandon | June 5, 2013 11:37 PMReply

    Interesting characters and plot, good soap opera acting especially from the main character Candace played by Tika Sumpter. I was quickly hooked and have my DVR set nd waiting for more drama on the week to come;=)

    I think if I can be patient "Love Thy Nieghbor" may grow on me but for now it's just not doing it it's a bit generic and still puts me in mind of Tyler Perry's stage plays. It may be something as simple as the horrible lighting that is actually noticed on both shows...I don't know what that's about but it compromises the quality of the show for me as the viewer.

  • abdichakour | June 5, 2013 8:15 AMReply

    23

  • abdichakour | June 5, 2013 8:14 AMReply

    23

  • abdichakour | June 5, 2013 8:12 AMReply

    on will smith's seemingly strategic

  • anthony | May 30, 2013 6:05 PMReply

    Does anyone know what it cost to produce each episode?

  • Orville | May 30, 2013 5:23 PMReply

    I think someone mentioned earlier on this board that Oprah was going to appeal to a black American audience in order to save her network and that's exactly what's she's doing. Despite what people say about Tyler Perry he has a brand and his audience usually supports his work this show success is not a surprise.

  • Sweet G | May 30, 2013 12:03 AMReply

    This show was awful. Bad acting, writing, music and dialogue. It was so bad I couldn't tell was decade the characters were in. Tyler Perry needs to produce and not write and direct at all.

    I will say this though, it was funny as hell.

  • Mark & Darla | May 29, 2013 11:26 PMReply

    Tell me Tambay why do keep repeating 'let's see how Tyler immediate hit holds up next week or next month.

    Your statement remind me of a happy cancer patient in remission for one day but you Tambay you is the little devil on the patient shoulder repeating 'let's see it might come back next week, next month so don't get to happy'.

  • Ghost | May 29, 2013 11:08 PMReply

    I watched the first episodes of Love Thy Neighbor. That first episode was so offensive! Especially the grandmother. I need to go to church and repent after watching that! The second episode was a little better. I'm sure it will do fine but that grandmother needs to be toned down. Not even Thelma Harper was that crass on Momma's Family.

  • that dude | May 29, 2013 11:00 PMReply

    Thank you to the poster who put in the launch numbers for Tyler's TBS shows. It would great to have some more context, like launches of scripted shows on BET, TV One and scripted shows on female skewing networks to have a sense of context.

    The bottom line is that OWN is, show by show, turning into a black network. All of their hit shows are black.

    Tyler delivers an audience. But will Oprah work with any other producers of scripted content besides him?

  • ScriptTease | May 29, 2013 10:38 PMReply

    I'm watching tonight's episode, and I'm not really feeling it. I will try and catch next weeks, but just not feeling it.

  • Mia | May 29, 2013 7:03 PMReply

    Great for Oprah and TP. From what O hear a lot of people really liked the show. Looks like another hit show for TP.

  • Nadia | May 29, 2013 6:40 PMReply

    I seriously doubt that Oprah Winfrey can look at herself in the mirror and say that she absolutely loves these new shows. I don't see it. I'm sure she's thinking strictly about pulling in an audience to save her network, and that's fine with me. But she needs to stop pretending that she thinks these are the greatest shows on the planet. Surely she can't believe that. Oprah in the past would probably be calling out Tyler Perry and these shows for their representations of women and their other problems. But she's trying to save her network and Tyler's there to help. Like you said Tambay we'll see whether the ratings hold up during the season. *Vomit*

  • uvon fruciano | March 5, 2014 2:09 PM

    love the show the have and have nots. but i dont like love thy neibors bad acting

  • CC | May 29, 2013 11:56 PM

    "Here's the thing. I can form an opinion about you based on your posts. But just because I can point and shout, "see Miles, you said this crap about Zoe Saldana so that means XXXX".....doesn't make it true. It also does not mean it is false. Because at the end of the day, what I don't know is why you think the way you do or what motivated you to post what you did on that day. And if your assumption is based off of anything that is not direct and person from Oprah Winfrey herself.........you have based your assumption on a secondary source"

    Taz, you point is very clear, but on this trip, I believe my man Miles is not listening. I mean, Miles, take a look at what you said---> "Her motives are obvious from the programming we've seen on her network." Now Miles, from your perspective YOU may believe her motives are obvious, but, it's an assumption which may, or may not be true. Furthermore, you're implying that all her programming is hot garbage (which again is nothing but your unsupported opinion/personal taste) but from others perspective, it's not hot garbage - AT ALL.

    So, I understand what TAZ was saying.... there's in NO way you can speak on Oprah's heart, as if YOU ARE Oprah.

  • Miles Ellison | May 29, 2013 11:31 PM

    There was no mention of knowing Oprah's heart. Her actions are out there for all to see. Her motives are obvious from the programming we've seen on her network. She may be the most wonderful person in the world, but she's also a businesswoman who is trying to maximize profit. Teaming up with the Tyler Perry/Kardashian/Houston/Vanzant hot garbage and exploitation machines is a means to that end. None of this is "gossip". It's right there on the screen.

  • TAZ | May 29, 2013 11:13 PM

    Miles, you say that with conviction as if you are part of Oprah's heart and know her motives and I can say 99% for sure that you are not and do not know. Let me know if I am wrong.

    Here's the thing. I can form an opinion about you based on your posts. But just because I can point and shout, "see Miles, you said this crap about Zoe Saldana so that means XXXX".....doesn't make it true. It also does not mean it is false. Because at the end of the day, what I don't know is why you think the way you do or what motivated you to post what you did on that day.

    And without a movie script written to tell me what you are thinking, I will never know and therefore, can not assume. And if your assumption is based off of anything that is not direct and person from Oprah Winfrey herself.........you have based your assumption on a secondary source....at best.......gossip

    That is all I am saying.

  • Miles Ellison | May 29, 2013 10:02 PM

    Oprah has never been above exploitation and stereotyping to further her brand. She's all about profit and emotional porn. The middle aged white lady audience is gone. Tyler Perry and his audience are now the saviors of OWN.

  • TAZ | May 29, 2013 9:41 PM

    But your doubt comes from having a certain perspective about Oprah Winfrey that may not be accurate. I am not saying that you are wrong....I am saying that when you said you seriously doubt Oprah can look at herself is based on a perception that could be faulty.

    The question is whether your perception of Oprah is based on what she has or whether you made an assumption that she left behind how she was raised and who she is.

    Just putting that out there.

  • CuriousJ | May 29, 2013 6:36 PMReply

    Um...1.7mil is extremely LOW, especially for a TP sitcom. To give you some perspective, FOR BETTER OR WORSE debuted with 3.4mil viewers...and that was considered low then. HOUSE OF PAYNE debuted with 5.2mil and MEET THE BROWNS had 4.2mil.

  • NO BRAINER | May 30, 2013 12:55 AM

    I think dish users have to pay for OWN, so not everyone has it.

  • MINCE | May 29, 2013 7:59 PM

    OWN isn't available in as many homes as TBS. Also, it does not have as many hit "lead-ins." I know that makes no difference to the haters but it is true.

  • Chris | May 29, 2013 6:59 PM

    TBS and OWN are two very diffrent networks. For a Network like own this is very good.

  • Nadia | May 29, 2013 6:57 PM

    Yeah, but it's OWN. It may be low for a TP show on TBS, but it's not low for a TP show debut on OWN, or any other show on OWN, since this is the best debut in the history of the network.

    Keep in mind that the highest-rated broadcast EVER on OWN is her interview with Whitney Houston's family which drew 3.5 million. And also Welcome To Sweetie Pies, which was their biggest series hit before wasn't even averaging 1 million viewers.

    I'm just saying that it's relative.

  • David | May 29, 2013 6:20 PMReply

    TP does it again. His new show tonight will get high ratings as well.

  • ScriptTease | May 29, 2013 5:50 PMReply

    I'm glad it done well, and I hope Love Thy Neighbor is a big hit too. I wish no failure amongst our people even though I'm not a big fan of TP and OW, every now and than, I find something I like. So Kudos to them.

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