Tuesday’s episode also established a high-water mark for an OWN telecast since its January 2011 launch, surpassing the 3.5 million who tuned into to Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Bobbi Kristina in March 2012. The series opener for “Haves” last May drew a modest 1.77 million, but the show wrapped its 16-episode order in early September with a 2013 best of 2.61 million, and viewership only picked up when it returned for 10 additional episodes to end its season. A second season is scheduled to launch in May. In adults 18-49, “The Haves and the Have Nots” averaged a 1.1 rating — not quite a series record but 89% higher than the show’s premiere last May (0.57). It was cable’s No. 1 scripted program for the night in the demo and also beat out ABC comedy “Trophy Wife” (0.9) and finished closely behind Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.2). The soap did set a record in women 25-54, with its 1.96 rating representing a 20% week-over-week gain and good enough to lead all of cable for the night. The show ranked number four in all television.
Sidebar: This is epic! I love the Tyler Perry, Oprah team. I'm so glad they are winning. Can you imagine this being a failure? I don't care if you hate this show she has a whole network and I'm sure there is something you can find that resonates with you. Oprah needed this hit and I'm glad it came from a friend, and from someone who has admired her forever. I look forward to asking Tyler Perry what it must feel like to deliver for one of your heroes. Oh yeah that interview is coming and one day soon. I believe! If they can do this, then I can do that. Know dat!