Tyler Perry Fans Go Hard: “The Haves And The Have Nots” Turns Out To Be OWN’s Highest Rated Series Debut…EVER

May 29, 2013  |  

According to Shadow and Act:

All that advertising and those commercials with Tyler Perry standing in a suit, talking in a deep voice next to the OWN logo, paid off big time. Why? Because The Haves and The Have Nots, aka, the new Tyler Perry show that looks just like a soap opera you might see on CBS (but with more black people), brought in the highest ratings for a series debuting on OWN. Oprah’s definitely somewhere bankhead bouncing to this news.

According to S&A, the debut episode of the series brought in a whopping 1.77 million viewers, and the second episode, which came on right after the premiere last night, raked in 1.8 million viewers in its 10 p.m. time slot, easily making the show the best debut of any show on Oprah’s young and once struggling network. While the success of the premiere might have a lot to do with the aforementioned advertising, I think we can all agree that it also has a lot to do with the massive following Perry has. Whether the masses love his work or love to hate it, there’s a whole sector of black folks who loved House of Payne, Meet The Browns and For Better or Worse when they were on TBS. And they probably love them some Oprah too, so it makes sense that they would be amped about the partnership between Perry and Oprah, and would flock to the new show.

And if that’s not enough for them, tonight, Perry’s other new show, Love Thy Neighbor, with his popular stage-play character Hattie Mae Love, premieres at 9 p.m.

Do you think that show will score similarly huge numbers? Do you think the success of The Haves and The Have Nots will continue?



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  • tyler perry is happy

    saw a promo and its obviously trying to capture scandal viewers obsessed w/ being n an IR relationship. Also looks like we have a DL brotha in it as well. Perfect recipe for the gay black man’s agenda. Tyler just come out and get it over wit.

  • mose2010

    Just caught up on it, its not bad and I am very critical of TP. But it reminds me of how is plays were done, and I like that. Its over the top but everything is nowadays. He is giving some people you probably wouldn’t see working a job , “so I am down with that”

  • LOL !! Yeah whateva Just another set back and 1.8 million people supporting it

    • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

      Hmm don’t see how that would be considered a set back lol

  • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

    The first episode started off really slow and then picked up at the end. The second episode was muuuuch better. I will continue to watch. Guess it can be my drama fix until Scandal returns

    • IAJS

      nothing can fix the absence of Scandal lol

  • Cidney Goodall

    I think the show was great. Im glad its helping OWN. Good to see us working together.

  • Gigi

    It’s definitely on the level of a soap opera. Many of the actors or soap
    veterans. Personally, I’m not in to soaps, but I can see this one
    keeping a loyal following.

  • Do we really need another one of these shows haven’t we’ve seen enough of this

    • ShadeThrower

      Nobody is begging YOU to watch…the other 1.8 million of us will be just fine without you.


      • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista


      • JRoc85


  • kickash

    The show actually wasn’t too bad. A little bit of overacting and some of the characters were annoying but other than that it wasn’t bad at all. Tika Sumpter is so pretty too. Now that comedy with the crazy old lady, i’m gonna pass on that. That one just looks annoying. But I might actually keep up with this show.

  • jjac401

    Tika Sumpter went hard with her role. She is doing her acting thing!

    • bigdede

      Wasn’t she great. She was able to switch it up from good girl to bad girl in a matter of seconds. Also when she push that brother’s head away from her. Loved her. Tika wasn’t used on OLTL so I’m glad Tyler employs Black actress/actors who have been overlooked. Like the Latina maid who was on Passions. I think she had more lines on those two shows then her whole run on Passions! Tyler just shouldn’t direct. He’s not a good director. If you have a green actor/actress, it’s the director’s job to make sure they look good. Tyler didn’t help them.

      • JRoc85

        I couldn’t agree more about Tika Sumpter!!!!! This young lady has really grown as an actress from her days as Evangeline’s sister on OLTL (she’s been given more opportunities to showcase her talent: The Game, Sparkle, & now “The Have & Have Nots (Candice is her BEST character)). It was also great seeing “Pilar” from “Passions” again. I don’t really share your opinion about Tyler as a director, but everything else I agree with you.

  • JRoc85

    One thing I love about Tyler Perry is that he presents characters to appear a certain way on the surface, but peels backs the layers step by step to show how each character arrived at their present state. Candice is the girl we’re going to “love to hate,” and the 2 episodes last night showed a troubled young woman out to raise all kinds of hell, BUT there’s a story behind her “hellraising” self!!!!!! GREAT JOB, TYLER! Kudos to Tika Sumpter & Crystal Fox (“In the Heat of the Night”). Can’t wait to see Hattie Mae tonight.

    • I think he takes obvious plots and does a sub-par job with character development. Its her bad her good. Her going to hell her saved. Mr. Wrong and Mr. Save the Girl. There is no gray and its just about as predictable as you can get.

      I do like that he employs blacks and it ain’t on some hoodlicious tip.