OWN’s ‘Haves and Have Nots’ Sets Record With Fall Finale

Tyler Perry soap draws 2.6 million, rises in key women 25-54 demo for eighth straight week

The haves and have nots

OWN’s most popular series to date, “The Haves and the Have Nots,” wrapped its first season with a record audience Tuesday night.

Nielsen estimates than an average crowd of 2.6 million watched the Tyler Perry-created soap starring John Schneider and Tika Sumpter — nearly 50% more than the 1.77 million who tuned in for the series premiere in late May.

It has performed especially well for OWN in the net’s target women 25-54 demo, rising week to week with each of its last eight episodes.

The series about the powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their Savannah, Ga., mansion returns with its second season in January.

Also on cable Tuesday, TNT’s real-life crime series “Cold Justice” premiered to 2.9 million viewers, including nearly 950,000 adults 25-54.

And at Comedy Central, Jon Stewart’s return to “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” after a lengthy summer hiatus drew a little over 2 million viewers, about 25% above the show’s 2013 average (1.6 million).