TV Ratings: OWN's 'Greenleaf' Bests Tyler Perry Suite as Network's Top Premiere

The church drama opens to 3 million viewers on premiere night, trailing only 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' in 2016 cable debuts.
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'Greenleaf'

OWN delivered its strongest series premiere to date on Tuesday night.

Greenleaf, the church drama which counts network head Oprah Winfrey among its cast, debuted with just over 3 million viewers on Tuesday night. That bests OWN's robust catalog of Tyler Perry-produced scripted series to rank as the network's most-watched series premiere to date.

The drama, which has been greeted with warm reviews, also nabbed a 2.2 rating among OWN's key demographic of women 25-54. Perry fare remains a huge draw for the cable network. The season premiere of The Haves and the Have Nots was just behind Greenleaf with 2.9 million viewers.

Looking at cable premieres to date, Greenleaf trails only FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson in scripted premiere hauls. Greenleaf's two-night premiere continues on Wednesday.

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