Tyler Perry’s first show for OWN breaks records for the network

The cast of "The Haves and the Have Nots" (George Burns/OWN)

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.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.
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