Tyler Perry's ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ Is OWN's Highest Rated Series Debut

Tyler Perry's 'The Haves and the Have Nots' Is OWN's Highest Rated Series Debut

The original drama attracts 1.77 million viewers to Tuesday's premiere episode

Tyler Perry is delivering for OWN.

The producer and director's original series attracted 1.77 million totals viewers to its premiere episode on Tuesday at 9 p.m., which makes it the cable network's most-watched series debut ever. It's also OWN's highest rated series with 1.57 million viewers in its key demo, women 25-54 years old. 

The second episode, which aired as part of the two-hour premiere at 10 p.m., actually grew from the previous hour with 1.8 million viewers (1.67 million viewers in the women 25-54 demo). 

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"The Have and the Have Nots" is a modern day upstairs-downstairs drama that takes place in Savannah, Ga. It stars John Schneider, Tika Sumpter, Aaron O'Connell and Angela Robinson, among others.

"Iyana: Fix My Life" was previously the cable channel's highest rated show in the women 25-54 year old demo. And "Life With La Toya" was previously its most-watched show among total viewers.

Perry, a personal friend of OWN chairwoman and CEO Oprah Winfrey, also produces a new comedy for the network called "Love Thy Neighbor," which debuts on Wednesday.