How Many Viewers Are Watching These Black TV Shows?

by on February 5, 2013


Looking at the past week’s TV Ratings, let’s compare how some of the newest and most buzzed about Black TV shows are doing.

Right now some of the most buzzed about Black show titles include Scandal, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Second Generation Wayans, and the new Winter show, Deception.

Deception, which stars Meagan Good as an undercover cop,  has been consistently dropping in viewership since its release. The show started off with a just “okay” performance. Here’s how things have progressed

  • Episode 1 – 5.66 million viewers
  • Episode 2 – 4.9 million viewers
  • Episode 3 –  4.47 million viewers
  • Episode 4 – 4.29 million viewers

Rumor has it the network is on the fence about renewing it for a 2nd season.

Scandal needs no introduction.

Scandal’s performance this season has trended in the opposite direction of Deception. Ratings have increased consistently.  Here is the viewership for the new 2013 episodes.

  • 1/31/2013 – 6.85 million viewers
  • 1/17/2013 – 6.74  million viewers
  • 1/10/2013 – 6.43 million viewers

Generally the show stays in the 6-7 million viewer range. It could do better, but its usually the most viewed in its time slot, the buzz is loud, and no complaints from ABC.

Ratings for the above shows were taken from tvbythenumbers.

Real Husbands of Hollywood started out strong. So strong that BET put out a press release announcing it as the “#1 sitcom premiere telecast on cable this season among households, all viewers and adults 18-49 and a top 3 sitcom debut in cable TV history among adults 18-34, only behind BET’s sitcom debut of The Game season 4 (#1) and  LET’S STAY TOGETHER season 1 (#2).”

The show attracted 4.1 million viewers on the first episode of the season which debuted on January 15th.

However, on the last episode which aired on January 29th the show had a reported 2.21 million live viewers according to tvbythenumbers.

BET announced of Second Generation Wayans that it was:

“The #1 Tuesday cable original series telecast in its time-slot this season among all adults 18-34, adults 18-49 and women 18-49, delivering triple and double digit times lot gains.”

It attracted 3.4 million viewers for its first episode on January 15th. Last week, on January 29th, viewership dropped to 1.46 million viewers according to tvbythenumbers. 

TV viewership for broadcast networks and cable networks are very different. While the type of viewership Deception receives would be revolutionary for BET, NBC looks like they may drop the show. Meanwhile Real Husbands, which has around half of Deception’s viewership, looks like a win.

Which of these shows do you tune into?









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