*Tyler Perry’s scripted drama “The Haves and Have Nots” continues to rise, hitting a new series high on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network with 1.87 million total viewers for its premiere telecast, becoming the drama’s most watched episode since its May debut.
The episode’s premiere also became OWN’s fourth-most-watched telecast in network history, behind only “Oprah’s Next Chapter” installments with Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina (3.5 million), the first part of Lance Armstrong’s two-night chat (3.17 million) and Rihanna (2.5 million), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The episode also was OWN’s second-most-watched telecast among women 25-54, behind the show’s May premiere.
“The Haves and the Have Nots” center on the dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their mansion in Savannah, Ga. John Schneider, Tika Sumpter and Renee Lawless star.
OWN recently ordered 16 more episodes for “The Haves and Have Nots,” bringing the season-one total to 32. The current run of episodes will end Sept. 3, with the back order slated for a 2014 premiere.