TBS’s premiere of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne did remarkably well on Wednesday night, becoming the top-rated sitcom of all time among ad-supported cable.
The series broke records among key adult demos as well as among viewers and households. More encouraging was the fact that the series, which aired two episodes and will continue to do so throughout the season, grew from episode 1 to episode 2. A sign, though it could be brief, of good things to come.
According to preliminary ratings data, the first episode earned a 3.5 household coverage rating/3.0 national rating by drawing 3.320 million households. It was watched by a total of 5.206 million viewers (persons 2+). Among the key demos, it drew 2.723 million adults 18-49, 2.728 million adults 25-54 and 1.174 million among adults 18-34.
The second episode at 9:30 p.m. managed to grow in all categories, improving to a 3.8 household coverage rating/3.2 national rating (+9%) with a delivery of 3.551 million households, 5.820 million viewers (+7%), 3.506 million adults 18-49 (+29%), 2.985 million adults 25-54 (+9%) and 1.416 million adults 18-34 (+21%).