OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network shatters ratings records delivering its biggest series premiere in network history on Tuesday night (6/21/16). The series premiere of the network’s new original drama series “Greenleaf” (10 p.m.) from Lionsgate, delivered 3.043 million viewers and a 2.18 rating in W25-54, making it the #1 series debut in network history. Additionally, it was the #2 scripted cable debut in 2016 to date (behind “American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson”).
The season premiere of popular Tyler Perry drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” (9 p.m.) delivered 2.9 million viewers and a 2.12 rating in W25-54. The episode built in every quarter hour, climbing +18% from beginning to end.
“Greenleaf” continues tonight with two new back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series will regularly air on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Did you watch last night’s premiere? If so, thoughts?
The new original drama series from award-winning writer/producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”), executive producers Oprah Winfrey and Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”), “Greenleaf” takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Born of the church, the Greenleaf family love and care for each other, but beneath the surface lies a den of iniquity – greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values – that threatens to tear apart the very core of their faith that holds them together.
“Greenleaf” stars Merle Dandridge as Grace Greenleaf; Keith David as Bishop James Greenleaf; Lynn Whitfield as Lady Mae Greenleaf; Kim Hawthorne as Kerissa Greenleaf; Lamman Rucker as Jacob Greenleaf; Tye White as Kevin Satterlee; Deborah Joy Winans as Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee; Desiree Ross as Sophia; and Oprah Winfrey in a recurring role as Mavis McCready. “Greenleaf.”