OWN's first scripted drama, Tyler Perry's "The Have and the Have Nots," got off to a great start among viewers, scoring record ratings, but was blasted by some critics.
The creative marriage between Perry and Oprah Winfrey -- at least for now -- seems to be a match made in ratings heaven for Winfrey's OWN. Tuesday’s back-to-back episodes of “The Haves and the Have Nots” were the network’s highest-rated premiere “ever,” according to a release from OWN.
The 9 p.m. airing delivered 1.77 million viewers (1.57 million of them women age 25-54). The second episode at 10 p.m. grew to 1.8 million viewers (1.67 million were women 25-54).
However, initial reviews for the series were not kind. OWN did not send the show out to critics prior to its premiere, mirroring Perry's policy of not allowing his films to be pre-screened for reviewers.