Tyler Perry's 'The Haves and the Have Nots' is OWN's Highest Rated Series Premiere in Network History, Garnering 1.77 Million Total Viewers

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May 29th, 2013

The Haves and the Have Nots

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Second Episode at 10 p.m. Builds From Premiere with Over 1.8 Million Total Viewers Tuning in

Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network continues its strong ratings momentum as 1.77 million viewers watched the series premiere of Tyler Perry’s new original series “The Haves and the Have Nots” on Tuesday night, May 28 at 9 p.m. making it the highest rated series debut in network history.


From prolific writer, director, producer Tyler Perry, “The Haves and the Have Nots” follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent mansion set in Savannah, Georgia. OWN premiered two back-to-back episodes debuting a new night of original programming on Tuesday nights, attracting 1.77million total viewers for the premiere episode at 9 p.m. (1.57 W25-54 rating) building to over 1.8 million viewers tuning in for the second episode at 10 p.m. (1.67 W25-54 rating).  The premiere episode built every quarter hour, growing +20% over the course of the 9 p.m. hour.  Continuing the solid growth for the night, the second episode at 10 p.m. also built or held each quarter.


For Q2 2013 to-date, OWN continues to deliver double-digit growth, up +12% in total viewers.


Tonight (Wednesday, May 29) marks the premiere of Tyler Perry’s new comedy series “Love Thy Neighbor” with two back-to-back, half-hour episodes 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, “A Madea Christmas”) has her hands full not only managing her customers but her family drama, too.


Source: The Nielsen Company

OWN ratings are coverage ratings.


About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey's heart and creative instincts inform the brand - and the magnetism of the channel.  Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable.  Depth with edge.  Heart. Star power. Connection.  And endless possibilities.  OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications.  The network debuted on January 1, 2011 and is available in 85 million homes.  The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com.


  • OWN Fan

    I guess that’s kind of good. But considering Tyler Perry’s history and the major promotion, I’m sure they expected around 2.5-3 million. They’ll try to get around 2 million for ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ since it was promoted more.
    But I do love that it built in viewers as it went along, which meant that people really liked the show.

  • pooty

    Well it looks awful and cheaply made but good for them.

  • Anon

    It was a pretty good show, so I’m glad it premiered well. I hope it stays above a million!

  • Meanie

    Not a fan of TP work but this show was not that bad. Not a must see TV show. It kind of remind me of a Scandal 2.0. But his comedy Love Thy Neighbor do better since his comedies all do.

  • Jazz

    It wasn’t too good but it wasn’t that bad. I hope they just needed Perry’s name to get it off the ground and they hire some good soap writers to spice it up a bit. It was sort of a low note. But, I will try it out again next week. Love seeing Tika Sumpter from One Life to Live in a new role.

  • Sean

    LOVED this show!!! so happy it did well!

  • Michelle Brown

    I like the story line/premise of The Haves and The Have Nots; however, the picture is too dark. It is 2013, and there is no light; it is almost as tough it is a copy cat/counterfeit copy that I am watching, and that it a huge turnoff.

    It is like there is no LIFE in the house, like the home is closed up for the winter. Oprah always says your home should rise up and meet you when you come home; this one does not come across as doing so. Even the view from the outside is dark.

    I need light. My hope is that you will accept this as constructive criticism and take the necessary steps to correct it.

  • TimsDale4ever

    The show got better as it went along. I almost switched channels about 15 minutes in. I’ll definitely watch next week again.

  • BrieK

    The production value is that of a daytime soap opera and the constant cheesy music in the background did not help. Still, I root for Oprah so I hope she has continued success with this.

  • Jazz

    I loved that the closet was the same size as the bedroom and the bathroom. That’s just so right to me. LOL! I hope it does well but it needs some fixing.

  • Jared

    The production looks dark and cheap and the storyline was campy and over the top..typical Tyler Perry and I LOVED every minute of it. Can’t wait to see where this show goes.

  • Adeola

    The two shows are not available on OWN Canada? What’s happening? We are missing out big time here in Canada.

  • rob60990

    I tried to watch some of this but I was bored but it was nice seeing Tika Sumpter who was wasted for years on One Life to Live on something else. It also looked cheaper than a daytime soap opera.

  • Jason

    I actually LOVED the show and shocked to even say…I actually ship two characters on a Tyler Perry show LMAO! That boy Wyatt & his BFF! I can’t wait to see what happens between the two.

  • trice

    I love love this soap opera a lot of white daytimes fans where mad that
    Oprah turn down all my children & One Life to Live thoes soap
    cost way to much money .OWN network is making money now cause of
    Afrcan American fans thank you Tyler Perry and Oprah for
    seeing that there a we like soap opera too.

  • Dan S

    I just got done watching the 1st episode. My major complaint actually had to do with my cable provider Comcast. They don’t offer a HD feed of OWN & the show was cropped on the sides top & bottom. It was like watching the show thru a keyhole & the production values were definitely lacking. I’ll give the show a chance but OWN has to get their network made available in HD or they’ll continue to look like a 2nd tier cable channel.

  • shayne

    I liked the show and definately will watch again……BUT THE LIGHTING WAS TERRIBLE…DARK!!! MORE LIGHT TYLER, by the way the sets are beautiful with a lot of rich detail.BUT AGAIN WAY TOO DARK LIGHTING WHICH MAKES THE SHOW LOOK CHEAP. AND THE MUSIC IS DREADFUL!!!!!!!!!!! outside of that i really enjoyed it and will continue to watch. Good luck Tyler and Oprah!!

  • William

    @Trice – you sound very ignorant. All My Children & One Life To Live have fans of all races!!! I’m sure that there are also a lot of “white” fans of Tyler’s new show and of the OWN network. Maybe instead of spreading your ignorance, you should learn proper grammar and learn how to spell!!!

  • Jazz

    I wish she would pick up One Live to Live and Deception.

  • pooty

    MICHELLE BROWN…great post and I totally agree. They are skimping on the lighting. And the house is dead kind of like the off season hotel in The Shining.

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