Shows are bright spots during tough times at cabler

Searching for some positive ratings stories since its birth nearly a year ago, OWN is making strides with “Our America With Lisa Ling” and “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.”

Cabler has ordered eight more segs of “Our America” and 10 for “Sweetie Pie’s.” The additional episodes for both shows will air in the spring.

For the current season, docuseries “Our America,” which is OWN’s most-watched program and airs at 10 p.m. Sunday, is averaging 405,000 total viewers and is up 47% compared to the Discovery Health programming from a year ago.

Reality skein “Sweetie Pie’s” examines a St. Louis family running a soul food restaurant. Show is averaging 388,000 and is OWN’s top show in the 25-54 demo. Series airs 9 p.m. Saturday

Ling, David Shadrack Smith and Greg Henry exec produce “Our America.” Exec producers for “Sweetie Pie’s” are Craig Piligian, Jenn Duncan, Tim Brietbach, Jeff Keane, and Steve Luebbert.

It’s been tough sledding at OWN, so the news on the additional episodes comes at a crucial time. Discovery-owned cabler has lost more than $55 million this year and recent new shows “Rosie” and “Oprah’s Lifeclass” have performed modestly.

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