TV Land's 'The Soul Man' is a Hit: Second Highest Rated Series Debut in Network's History

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June 21st, 2012

via press release:

“The Exes” Scores Double Digit Gains Versus Season 1 
New York, NY – June 21, 2012 – Marking another milestone in TV Land’s history, the network’s newest original sitcom, “The Soul Man,” was the channel’s second highest rated series premiere among its target audience of Adults 25-54 and Women 25-54, second only to the series launch of “Hot in Cleveland” in June 2010. “The Soul Man” premiered last night at 10 p.m. and stars Cedric “The Entertainer” and Niecy Nash.
The premiere telecast of “The Soul Man” (June 20, 2012 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) posted a 1.0 rating and one million viewers among Adults 25-54, and averaged over 1.9 million total viewers.  The season two premiere of “The Exes” (June 20, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) scored a .70/707,000 among A25-54, a +25% increase in rating and delivery over the first season premiere. The second season premiere averaged over 1.2 million total viewers.  Among Women 25-54, “The Soul Man” earned a 1.29 rating and “The Exes” posted a .92 rating. 
Additionally, TV Land aired two encores of “The Soul Man” (11 p.m. and 1 a.m.) and “The Exes” (11:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.), which, combined with the premiere telecast, attracted over 3.5 million total viewers for “The Soul Man” and 2.6 million total viewers for “The Exes.”  (Source: Nielsen, 6/20/12).
“The Soul Man” and “The Exes” scored in social media as well.  “The Soul Man” was the #2 trending topic on Twitter in the US during the premiere telecast.  Fans were ignited as the casts of both shows, including Cedric “The Entertainer,” Niecy Nash, Donald Faison and Kristen Johnston tweeted throughout the day and night.  Plus, upcoming guest stars such as Sherri Shepherd, Yvette Nicole Brown and Trina and Tamar Braxton, as well as celebrity supporters like Jessica Simpson tweeted about the shows.  Facebook “likes” increased +32% for “The Soul Man” between yesterday morning and today.
New episodes of “The Soul Man” and “The Exes” premiere every Wednesday at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively.
About “The Soul Man”
“The Soul Man” is the newest series being added to TV Land’s line-up of stellar sitcoms. The show revolves around former R&B star-turned-minister, Reverend Boyce “The Voice” (Cedric), as he moves back home to St. Louis with his family, including wife Lolli (Nash), to preach in his father’s church. Now, his family must adjust to their new humble life from their former superstar lifestyle.  John Beasley (“Everwood”), Wesley Jonathan (“What I Like About You”) and Jazz Raycole (“My Wife and Kids”) also star.
Cedric “The Entertainer” and Suzanne Martin (“Hot in Cleveland”) serve as executive producers for “The Soul Man,” along with Eric Rhone. Emmy® Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions are also executive producers for “The Soul Man.”  Lynda Obst also serves as executive producer, and Keith Cox and Larry W. Jones are executive producers for TV Land. Phoef Sutton (“Cheers”) is the showrunner and Stan Lathan (“The Steve Harvey Show”) serves as the director. The series is filmed in front of a live studio audience.
About “The Exes”
In season one of “The Exes,” Phil (Donald Faison) and Haskell (Wayne Knight) were shocked to learn that their landlord and divorce attorney, Holly (Kristen Johnston), was forcing a new roommate on them – the clingy and recently-divorced Stuart (David Alan Basche). In season two, they’re still attempting to adjust to one another’s quirks and annoying habits, but Holly is there to help avert any disasters – or in some cases, cause them. Meanwhile, Holly’s assistant, Eden (Kelly Stables), doesn’t exactly let professionalism get in the way of prying into her boss’s dating life – or lack thereof.
“The Exes” is created and executive produced by Mark Reisman (“Frasier”), and Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis (“Reba,” “Titus”) serve as executive producers. Franco Bario is co-executive producer, and Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox are executive producers for TV Land.


  • DeeAgeaux

    I watched it.

    It had the feeling of an 80’s family sit-com with obvious laugh track.

    It was ok but I deleted “series record” from my dvr.

  • Kevin USAforever

    i love the live audiences in sitcoms, it just makes the show more alive and not so stale like the single camera shows.

  • Jason

    If only NBC could go along the lines of this instead of their lame single-camera sitcoms that have started to wane in popularity. Look what they had with Night Court, Amen, 227, Empty Nest, and The Golden Girls. They should go back to trying something like these instead of what they have now.

  • BOTR

    I wonder why they only have their original shows on Wednesday nights. They seem to have enough shows now where they can expand their originals lineup to two (or three) nights.

  • louise

    This show is totally sacrilegious = Piece of crap – can’t you guys come up with something worth watching

  • Anne

    Act, overact, over-react to the point players become complete slapstick buffoons.

    Stereotyped characters, pedestrian writing, and predictable plot line.

    “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity.”
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    No one we know acts like this…much less OVER acts or over-reacts, thankfully.

    I think it takes people who can write with a certain intelligent humor, grace, elegance and class like those for The Cosby Show, and having such writing portrayed in a like fashion. People acting normally…not like a bunch of trashy dimwits!!

    It’s amazing to think there might be an actual audience for those so willing to accept the banal as anything close to amusement…just proves there is an audience of stupids in America.

    Lack of booby makes you moody? Gee, what poetic wizard thought up this gem?

    TV Land used to be a place where parents and kids could enjoy evening tv together; now it’s just a morass of sexual innuendoes and double entendres. Both classless and revolting!

    But hey, if money is your only god, then it’s easy to understand…writing for stupid is quite easy and involves no real talent whatsoever.

  • ecast

    Let me be the first to say,I LOVE this show, funny, quick humor, clever writing. go out and support the advertisers for this show.

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