Brawny bow for BET’s ‘Real Husbands’

Comedy leads all of television Tuesday in adults 18-34

BET set network records Tuesday night for the premiere of sitcom “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” which stood as television’s top draw for the night among young adults.

The comedy-improv series created by comedian Kevin Hart that follows him and other celebs including Nick Cannon and Robin Thicke, averaged a 2.1 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 4.15 million viewers overall in its debut. It’s the most popular BET original premiere to date.

“Real Husbands” was cable’s No. 1 program of the night in both demos and total viewers and led all of television for the 10 o’clock half-hour in 18-49 — ahead of dramas “Parenthood” on NBC (1.9 rating/5 share), “Vegas” on CBS (1.6/4) and “Private Practice” on ABC (1.2/3).

It fared especially well among the younger 18-34 crowd (2.3/7), topping all primetime programs for the night. BET said “Real Husbands” is the net’s No. 3 comedy premiere to date in 18-34, behind only the fourth-season premiere of “The Game” and the series premiere of “Let’s Stay Together.”

Following “Real Husbands” on BET, the debut of “Second Generation Wayans” averaged a 1.7/5 in 18-49 and 3.35 million viewers overall. It also led all of television for its 10:30 p.m. timeslot in adults 18-34 (1.8/6).

CBS drama vet “NCIS” was the night’s dominant program, rising in the nationals to a 3.9/11 in 18-49 and a season-high 22.86 million viewers overall. The overall audience was more than the combined totals for the next six most-watched networks (NBC, Univision, ABC, Fox, ABC Family and TBS).

Tuesday’s “NCIS” stands as the No. 1 entertainment telecast of the season in total viewers.

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