Few missed out on the two-night premiere of Queen Sugar and Oprah Winfrey Network has the numbers to prove it.
For the first time in network history, the contemporary drama from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Winfrey serving as executive producer delivered the highest-rated two-episode debut. The Tuesday-and-Wednesday rollout together drew an average of 2.42 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among the net’s core demo of women 25-54. That’s up 2% in the key demo from what the previous high of the mega-church drama “Greenleaf” earned on June 21 and 22.
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While opening on a Tuesday, both Greenleaf and Queen Sugar—which chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana—are regularly slotted on Wednesdays at 10 PM. The already-renewed Greenleaf series wrapped up its first season on August 31, while the also-renewed Queen Sugar has a 13-episode Season 1. The series starring Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Scribe is based on based on Natalie Baszile’s 2014 novel.
With so many eyes on this hot new series, if you’re not watching you’re seriously missing out.