Tyler Perry kicked off his TV deal at OWN with his first show breaking records for the network.
One-hour drama “The Have and the Have Nots,” which debuted on Tuesday night at 9 p.m., scored 1.77 million viewers, making it the highest-rated series premiere in the channel’s history. About 1.8 million tuned in for the second episode at 10 p.m.
Perry, who made a multi-year contract last year to create scripted shows exclusively for OWN — a co-venture between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications — also signed on to executive produce, direct and write the series.
“The Have and the Have Nots” is a drama about the complicated dynamic between a wealthy Georgia family and their hired help who work in their mansion. Perry’s second series for OWN, which debuts on Wednesday night, is a sitcom following the wacky hijinx at a family-owned-and-operated diner.