via BET press release:



1.5 Million Viewers Tune in for the Series Premiere of THE MO’NIQUE SHOW

On Monday, October 5

Cable’s #1 Talk Show Among Coveted 18-49 Demographic for the Day

NEW YORK October 7, 2009—Millions of viewers tune in to comedienne extraordinaire Mo’Nique’s late night talk show debut on BET.  According to Nielsen Media Research, 1.5 million viewers tuned in for the series opener of BET’s late night talk show THE MO’NIQUE SHOW, which premiered on Monday, October 5 at 11:00 p.m.*.  The premiere episode featured appearances from Steve Harvey, R&B artist and songwriter Monica, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin as well as a performance by R&B recording artist Jeremih.  The series debut of THE MO’NIQUE SHOW was the number two entertainment program on cable during its time slot.

THE MO’NIQUE SHOW ranked as BET Network’s highest-rated show for the season.  The inaugural episode also outperformed the competition, coming in as the number one entertainment talk show on cable overall and the number one talk show among adults 18-49 (850,000).  Additionally, the show’s delivery more than tripled the year ago time period (184%).

Tonight’s episode of THE MO’NIQUE SHOW will feature appearances from Chris Rock, Nia Long as well as a performance by Ginuwine.

Taping from Atlanta’s Turner Studios, Mo’Nique, Sidney Hicks and Marilyn Gill serve as executive producers on THE MO’NIQUE SHOW.

For more on THE MO’NIQUE SHOW, please visit

*All times ET/PT

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 98 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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