*The season 7 premiere of BET’s “The Game” ranked as the No. 1 telecast in cable Tuesday night, pulling 3.4 million viewers during its initial 10 p.m. ET airing, and another 1 million for the 11:30 p.m. rerun.
The season 4 premiere of “Let’s Stay Together” at 11 p.m. pulled in 1.7 million viewers, the network announced Thursday.
“The Game’s” premiere also ranked as the highest rated sitcom on all cable among women 18-49 this season and the No. 1 scripted series premiere among adults 18-49 on all cable for the year.
On the digital side, the official hashtags “#thegameBET” and “#LST” (Let’s Stay Together) each trended No. 1 on Twitter. In anticipation of the premiere, “The Game’s” Facebook page crossed the 7 million fans mark this week.
*It’s only been one week since Joy Reid and Ronan Farrow debuted their new shows on MSNBC…but it wasn’t a good one in terms of ratings.
According to TV Newser, their respective shows at 2 p.m. ET and 1 p.m.ET lost ground as compared to last year.
“The Reid Report” averaged 286,800 total viewers and 63,200 viewers in the coveted A25-54 demo, per Nielsen. Compared to the same week last year with “News Nation with Tamron Hall” at 2 p.m. ET, “The Reid Report” was down -8% in total viewers and -38% in the demo.
OWN: The Haves and The Have Nots
*OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network delivered the most-watched month in network history in primetime for the month of February (538,000 total viewers), the cable channel announced Tuesday.
OWN’s prime average in the key W25-54 demo marked a six-month high, up +11% versus January and up a whopping +86% versus one year ago. This makes OWN the fastest-growing cable network for W25-54 versus a year ago.
The drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” from Tyler Perry is cable’s most-watched show on Tuesday nights and the No. 1 original cable series for African-Americans. It also ranks in the top 10 original primetime series overall on ad-supported cable nets in W25-54, making OWN Tuesday nights the No. 2 cable network for W25-54, nearly tying with TBS.
*Bill O’Reilly‘s extended interview with President Barack Obama, taped after the live sit-down before the Super Bowl, aired Monday on the Fox News Channel to huge ratings.
Their testy exchange drew 4.204 million viewers for “The O’Reilly Factor” at 8 p.m., according to Neilsen.
It’s O’Reilly’s best total audience numbers since his coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings, when Fox News drew 4.825 million viewers April 15, the day of the marathon attack, and 7.626 million viewers April 19 during a Shep Smith-hosted special in the slot on the night of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended with his capture.
Monday night’s “Factor” also garnered 626,000 viewers in the key adults 25-54 news demo.