Lifetime's 'The Client List' Grows Week-To-Week

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April 16th, 2012

via press release:

Viewership during last night’s episode of Lifetime’s all-new drama “The Client List,” starring and executive produced by Jennifer Love Hewitt, grew across the key demos from its premiere last week according to Nielsen Research, including:


Total Viewers:  2.9 million (+4% vs. series premiere)

Adults 25-54: 1.4 million (+8%)

Adults 18-49: 1.3 million (+8%)

Women 25-54: 1.1 million (+21%)

Women 18-49: 1.0 million (+28%)


The Client List is about Texas housewife “Riley Parks” (Hewitt), who, after being deserted by her husband, is left in serious financial straits and takes a job at a seemingly traditional day spa in a neighboring town.  But when she realizes the business in part also provides other services, Riley must make the difficult decision whether or not to embrace an opportunity for her to resolve her financial hardships.  The series follows Riley as she delicately balances a moral conflict between two starkly different lives -- one as a single mother in a conservative town struggling to provide for her family and the other as a savvy and ambitious businesswoman working with a raucous, sexy and unpredictable group of women.  Becoming more involved in the spa’s business, where an employee objects to her choices and she works in a shroud of secrecy, Riley must reconcile her decision, despite the risk of disapproval from her family and friends.  Cybill Shepherd stars as “Linette,” Riley’s mother; Loretta Devine plays “Georgia,” the spa’s feisty and disorganized owner; and Colin Egglesfield portrays Riley’s brother-in-law “Evan.”  Based on the network’s hit 2010 original movie, The Client List is executive produced by Hewitt, Dannielle Thomas, Howard Braunstein, Jordan Budde, Efrem Seeger and John Tinker, with Fedora Films and Jaffe/Braunstein producing in association with Sony Pictures Television.

  • Oliver

    Translates to ~1.0 in 18-49. Suspect Lifetime will be happy with that.

  • silvit

    These numbers are meaningless unless we know how Army Wives did. I bet it was up too.

  • rob60990

    Not surprised. The premiere was great.

  • silvit

    For comparison, these are last week’s numbers: 2.792 million viewers, 1.157 million adults 18-49

    We’ll see how Army wives did, but I think my prediction will be accurate.

  • a p garcia

    Always like Jennifer Love Hewitt.

  • Colin

    @silvit: Who cares?

    I expect the renewal very soon. Great numbers.

  • JustToClarify

    Fantastic news, The Client List seems to be surprisingly good.

    I’m also happy for Jennifer Love Hewitt – she’s always been my favourite actress, and it’s nice to know she’s followed up her five-year stint on Ghost Whisperer with another (at least for now) ratings hit.

  • Baqinardo

    So happy with the numbers. It’s my new fave show.
    This and GCB. Hope both get renewed.

  • Alex

    Love this show

  • SmG

    I dont know about lifetimes average ratings but I think 3 million viewers and a demo around 1.0 is really good. I mean TVD on CW is pulling a little higher than these numbers and its the number one show on that channel :)

    Good for JLH. I guess she has found her new show after GW.

  • SJ

    I’m also loving the show. I’ve been a fan of JLH for a long time.

    I do, however, miss Teddy Sears from the movie version. He is yummy. But I guess the single parent thing is a better hook for a TV series, which, by the looks of it, is here to stay!

  • Harris

    Haven’t seen the latest episode. The premiere was pretty good, but a little unrealistic. I’m supposed to believe all of the guys coming in for handies are all jacked, muscle bound 6 foot model-handsome men, and that the owner of the parlor formed a strong emotional bond with Jennifer Love Hewitt that quickly?Besides those minor flaws though, good show, and Jennifer Love Hewitt is stunning as always.

  • David

    Yes! This is great, I loved the movie, love the show and love Love!

  • Harris

    @David: Is the movie canonical in relation to the show, or are they two separate entities?

  • One

    Of course, only now that everyone knows that the show where Jennifer Love Hewitt is playing a prostitute is actually on the air, they begin to show up…

  • SJ


    She was married in the movie and had three kids. Her two best friends were a bartender and a lawyer.

    In the show, her husband (played by a different actor) leaves in the pilot, there are only two children and her best friend works at the hair salon with her mother, who – also played by Cybill Shepherd in the movie version – was removing hair from, uh… other parts of the body if you catch my drift. ;)

    The redhead who plays the only girl not to give “happy endings” played the owner of the parlor in the movie version.

    Also, the brother in law character was added, probably for some sexual tension. The kids, as well as the girl who plays her nemesis, have been recast.

  • SJ

    Oh and most (maybe all) names have been changed. JLH’s character’s name was Samantha in the movie, not Riley.

  • laztrix

    I gave it 10 minutes and stopped watching. Lifetime, for the woman indeed.

  • Big Apple 22

    The numbers look weak last week but this week matters more and it did really well. This might end up being a keeper for a few years for Lifetime like Army Wives has been.

  • Fan

    I like the show…i find it interesting how she handles being a single parent all of a sudden, since her husband up and left. I also like the twist in the newest episode of why he may have left.

    I hear a lot of people mention how unrealistic it is to have a bunch of hot guys coming in all the time but I think they explained that…They have a “Client List” of men that get “extras”…and when she started she dealt with the lower end clients :)

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