Atlanta-based “The Rickey Smiley Show” sitcom drew about 900,000 viewers for its debut appearance on TV One Tuesday night over its first two episodes.
That isn’t all that impressive compared to shows like VH1’s “Love & Hop: Atlanta” or TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” But for TV One, these are big numbers, the biggest debut in the history of the network.
Atlanta’s Roger Bobb, who produced the show and used to work with Tyler Perry, said oin an interview today that TV One has never gotten this type of market share before. “They’re extremely happy, as am I,” Bobb said.
He notes that these numbers aren’t as large as Perry’s sitcoms on TBS, but TBS is in nearly twice as many households. (TV One is seen in 57 million households vs. 100 million for TBS.)
Bobb also said Smiley’s acting improves steadily from episodes one to 10.
He is hopeful for a second season pickup but TV One has to see if the initial audience sticks around the next few weeks before it makes that commitment.
If Smiley gets a second season, it might be 13 or 26 episodes, not 90 like Perry wrangled from TBS and FX received from “Anger Management.”
“While the model was successful for us,” Bobb said, when he was working with Perry, “it doesn’t always benefit the networks financially. It’s a tremendous gamble, an unnecessary gamble. You don’t know if the 90th episode will be as good as the second or third or 40th.”
- VH1’s “T.I. & Tiny” Monday slipped to 1.76 million viewers from 2 million last week and 4 million for its season debut.
- CBS’s “Survivor” – which features “Facts of Life” star Lisa Welchel, MLB retired player Jeff Kent and two players who grew up in metro Atlanta: Sarah Dawson and Malcolm Freberg – drew 11.2 million viewers, up 7 percent from a year ago’s debut, proving the resilience of this reality show program. But it’s aging. Its 18-49 demo rating fell from 3.3 to 3.1. “The X Factor” improved from last week when it was competing against “The Voice” and brought in 9.4 million viewers and a 3.4 rating. “The Big Brother” finale hit a series low for a season finale with 7.4 million and a 2.5 rating 18-49.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk