TV Ratings: Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Greenleaf’ Premieres to OWN’s Biggest Audience Ever

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Greenleaf,” the new scripted drama series starring OWN founder Oprah Winfrey, debuted Tuesday night to the cable network’s best-ever ratings in its target demographic.

Among women ages 25-54, “Greenleaf” drew 3.04 million viewers and a 2.18 rating in Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers. That makes it the No. 2 cable premiere in the demo in 2016 thus far, behind FX’s “The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

“Greenleaf” marks Winfrey’s return to series television as an actress. The host and media mogul starred in the single-season ABC drama “Brewster Place” in 1990. Her last on-screen acting work was in the 2014 feature film “Selma.”

Written by Craig Wright and executive produced by Winfrey and Clement Virgo, “Greenleaf” explores the inner workings of the powerful family behind a Memphis megachurch. Merle Dandridge, Keith David and Lynn Whitfield star alongside Winfrey. The series is produced by Lionsgate.

“Greenleaf” will air two new episodes Wednesday at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Next week it will settle into its regular 10 p.m. Wednesday time period.

The season premiere of Tyler Perry drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” debuted at 9 p.m. after “Greenleaf,” drawing 2.9 million viewers and a 2.12 rating among women 25-54. “The Have and the Have Nots” is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry and produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios.

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  1. Michael Shine says:

    I was really disappointed at not seeing Grace Greenleaf preach her first sermon. Not showing this portion of the show was a total disconnect to next portion of the show. This is like watching a football game and missing the final touchdown. This was a total “Miss” for the series. This is poor bridging of the two scenes. The cliff hanger, if it was a segway to next week’s series was misleading.

  2. Danielle says:

    It’s a hit!! Well castes, and the acting is seamless. Hard work pays off; kudos to OWN!

  3. Lynn Ganey says:

    I am watching the third instalment. This is great! I was hooked from the start. I told myself 3 shows no matter what. If you have not seen Greenleaf, you are missing a great show.

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  5. Angie says:

    This has been added to my night time soap schedule. I love it.

  6. Eloise Minn says:

    I plan on watching the show weekly as another one of my guilty pleasures.

  7. Tania says:

    I like the show but I feel like it is based off Russ Parr’s movie The Under Shepherd.

  8. Randy says:

    I think “The Haves and the Have Nots” has been over 3.5 million viewers, I think — so headline isn’t right

  9. Shirley Brockenborough says:

    I am so excited! This is a well put together series that combines so many facets of life. I can’t wait to delve into the full stories of each character. Thank you, Ms. Oprah!

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