New Series Delivers Record Ratings, Gets Expanded Order

Aug 31, 2017  •  Post A Comment

A series that debuted this week on cable made a pretty big impression, becoming the most-watched unscripted series premiere ever on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and quickly earning an expanded order.

The show, “Black Love,” premiered Tuesday to 1.2 million total viewers along with a 0.89 rating in women 25-54 to rank as the cable channel’s most-watched unscripted series premiere in its history and the highest-rated unscripted series premiere in the network’s key demo in more than four years. The network cited Nielsen Live+SD data.

The show moves to its regular time slot this Saturday, Sept. 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The program launched with an order for four episodes, with featured couples during the initial run being Oscar winner Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon, Hollywood power couple Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, NAACP Image Award winner Tia Mowry and husband/actor Cory Hardrict, NAACP Image Award nominee Flex Alexander and Grammy-nominated recording artist Shanice, Grammy Award winners Erica and Warryn Campbell, and others.

OWN announced today that it has ordered additional episodes, without specifying the number.

“The new episodes for 2018 will feature Emmy-nominated actor Sterling K. Brown and wife Ryan Michelle Bathe, Tina Knowles-Lawson and husband Richard Lawson, NBA All-Star Grant Hill and Grammy-nominated recording artist Tamia, Hip Hop influencer Rev Run and wife Justine Simmons, Grammy-winning gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin and wife Tammy, comedian D.L. Hughley and wife LaDonna, former NFL-running back Eddie George and wife Taj, and more,” the announcement notes.

“Black Love” comes from filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver (“The Perfect Guy”) and Confluential Films.

The series “highlights love stories from the Black community and seeks to answer the burning question, ‘What does it take to make a marriage work?,'” OWN says in today’s announcement. “‘Black Love’ dives into how love begins while showing the reality of what lifelong love looks like, and offers proof that while it can happen for everyone, it isn’t a cakewalk. The docuseries shares honest, emotional and sometimes cringe-worthy always-true love stories.”

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