“The Game” Comes Back To BET With Good Ratings, But A Lot Lower Than In The Past
After big promotion and cast members (including the new ones) popping up everywhere on TV, The Game has come back and pulled in pretty good numbers, but compared to the past, there’s an obvious decline in viewership going on.
According to Shadow And Act, the show’s season premiere brought in nearly three million viewers, which isn’t bad whatsoever for a cable station, but compared to the views they used to rake in in the past, things have definitely changed. In the last two seasons that the show has been on BET, it has been pretty huge with premiere ratings. In 2011, at the height of all the hoopla surrounding the show’s return after moving from the CW, they premiered with 7.7 million viewers, and the next year, there was a small decline with 5.3. With less than three million coming in this time around, I think it’s safe to say the excitement is wearing off.
According to BET’s press release, The Game and its accompanying show, Let’s Stay Together are now “this season’s top two returning sitcom series premieres on cable among total viewers.” Still though, it’s becoming a bit more obvious that all the changes surrounding the show, including the departure of the main two cast members in Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Pooch Hall have affected the people who tried to follow the show. Not to mention the big changes in the storyline over the last two seasons as the plot has become a LOT more dramatic have also had people tuning out (the change in Melanie’s character was very drastic). But I will say that the season premiere was not bad! Definitely kept my attention. But will it keep your attention as the sixth season goes on? If not, the numbers could keep decreasing, and we know BET doesn’t want that…