Show draws 1.5 million viewers for the cabler

Mo’Nique is riding momentum these days.

BET’s Monday premiere of “The Mo’Nique Show” drew 1.5 million viewers, making it the top-rated program of the season for the cabler. And prelims for Tuesday showed it pulling in 1.9 million.

Airing at 11 o’clock weeknights, hourlong talkshow improved on its lead-in substantially. Director Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” saw an aud of 758,000 on Monday, and the first installment of “Mo’Nique” nearly doubled that viewership.

Guests for the inaugural episode were Steve Harvey, R&B artists Monica and Jeremih and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. The show tapes in the Georgia capital.

Mo’Nique will be a player in this season’s Oscar race for her performance in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” She’s receiving strong reviews, and at Sundance, she drew the special jury prize while the pic took the aud nod.

Sidney Hicks and Marilyn Gill are exec producers of “Mo’Nique.”

Meanwhile, CBS led Tuesday’s primetime action behind its drama trio of “NCIS” (4.3/12 in 18-49, 20.70m), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.6/9, 16.31m) and “The Good Wife” (2.9/8, 13.69m), though each was down week to week.

NBC’s two-hour “Biggest Loser” (3.7/10 in 18-49, 9.25m) won out in 18-49 for the first time over “NCIS: Los Angeles,” standing as the night’s No. 2 show in the demo.

TBS bagged some solid numbers for its baseball divisional tiebreaker game between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers (2.1/8 in 18-49, 6.54m), even though it started at 5 p.m. ET. Game, which went 12 innings and lasted more than 4½ hours, averaged 2.5 million in its first half-hour but built to 9.7 million in its final hour, when it also logged a potent 3.4 rating among adults 18-49.

It was baseball’s most-watched regular-season game of the year and also stood as television’s No. 1 program Tuesday in men 18-34 (2.8 rating).

Also in cable, FX drama “Sons of Anarchy” (2.1/6, 6.54m) logged best-since-preem scores, finishing neck and neck with NBC’s “The Jay Leno Show” (Tuesday-low 2.1/6, 6.22m) and beating ABC’s rookie drama “The Forgotten” (series-low 1.9/5, 7.55m).

(Rick Kissell contributed to this report.)

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