‘The Have and the Have Nots’ Snags 2 Million Viewers, Becomes OWN’s Most-Watched Scripted Telecast
Although the OWN network got off to a bit of a rocky start, thankfully, things appear to be turning around for the Oprah Winfrey owned network. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the newly introduced Tyler Perry series, The Haves and the Have Nots, attracted an audience of 1.87 million during its premiere episode, making it the fourth most watched telecast in OWN history. What’s even better is that it appears that this number will only continue to grow.
The most recent episode of the drama, which focuses on the interesting dynamic of a rich and powerful family that “becomes intimately involved with the families of their hired help, creating a web of controversy,” drew in 2 million viewers, making it the network’s second most-watched telecast. Recognizing the show’s growing success, OWN recently ordered 16 more episodes. The current episodes will run until September 3rd and the newly ordered episodes with debut in 2014.
The success of The Haves and the Have Nots is pretty ironic, especially considering how hard people tried to protest against it. Some even went as far as to sign a circulating web petition, urging Oprah to take both of Tyler’s new shows off the air. THTHN star Tika Sumpter recently addressed those critics, inviting them to change the channel if they’re not crazy about the show.
“You have the right to turn the channel. There are a lot of people who turn the channel on, who have made him this successful, so there is an audience. When we start making judgments on what’s lowbrow to some people, then you’re making accusations that this group of people doesn’t know what’s really good. I don’t think that’s fair…Don’t condemn a bunch of people who actually go to these movies for what they like,” the 33-year-old beauty told The Grio.
What are your thoughts about The Haves and the Have Nots?