BET has rewarded new seasons to both “The Game” and “Let’s Stay Together,” according to deadline.com. And according to a good source, I hear “Reed Between the Lines,” too, is getting a nod for a second season.
All three comedies are shot in Atlanta.
“The Game,” which was picked up by BET in 2011 after three seasons on the CW, opened at a whopping 7.7 million viewers, then settled into the mid three million viewer range by the end of the season.
So far this fifth season, ratings have fallen further, opening at 5.3 million but hitting a network low 2 million April 4. Still, it’s by far the network’s biggest show, averaging about 3 million viewers.
BET should be heartened with the sophomore year of its relationships comedy “Let’s Stay Together.” Though its ratings have dropped as well from season one, it hasn’t fallen as much as “The Game.” Over 12 episodes, it has averaged 2 million viewers.
“Reed Between the Lines,” a family-friendly comedy starring sitcom vets Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Tracee Ellis Ross, looked doomed. It averaged around 1.2 million viewers, with some weeks falling below 1 million. Given the pedigree of the actors and the promotion given to the show, those numbers were relatively modest.
But BET has received some critical praise for the show so it’s rolling the dice and giving it another shot. (There are enough examples of slow starters that pick up steam season two, from “Seinfeld” to “NCIS.”)
BET produces a bulk of its original programming out of Atlanta now, from “Sunday Best” to two of its largest awards shows: “BET Hip Hop Awards” and “The Soul Train Awards.”
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk