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TV News - "House of Payne" #1 In Black Households; Tyra, Oprah, Tyler Among TV's 'Smartest'

FIRST, Tyler Perry's House of Payne is the number 1 show among the African-American audiences it targets, in all of network primetime, all of cable and all of syndication!

Among African-American adults age 18-54, House of Payne is the No. 1 show, beating ratings giants like Grey's Anatomy, Dancing With the Stars, Desperate Housewives and CSI, in all African-American adult demographics.

Say what? Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently, despite the unmistakably negative reception Tyler Perry and his creations have received from black audiences since his Hollywood assault began a few years ago, we (black people) are still very much supportive of him, as his films continue to be profitable, and his television show remains successful. I watched a few episodes of House of Payne about a year ago, in its 2nd season I believe. I haven't watched the program since then. But obviously, somebody is watching...

At number 2 in primetime, among African American households? Fox's Family Guy, followed by ABC's Grey's Anatomy in third place.

SECOND, Whoopi Goldberg, Tyra Banks, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry appear on Entertainment Weekly's 25 Smartest People in TV, a list of "small-screen titans who are driving today's sharpest shows and deals."

Goldberg at number 25, along with her co-hosts on The View which, during election week, reached No. 1 in total daytime viewers for the first time in 12 seasons.

Banks, 35, ranked No. 23 on the list. America's Next Top Model, which just completed its 11th cycle, remains The CW's highest-rated series, with a spin-off titled Operation Fabulous launching next year. Other upcoming reality projects include ABC's upcoming True Beauty and she recently branched into film with the direct-to-DVD tween drama The Clique.

Winfrey came in 6th on the list. Her talk show is still tops in daytime TV, and she'll launch her own network — appropriately named OWN — in 2009. Her production company, Harpo, is also responsible for daytime hits Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray, and will debut a new series next fall with Oprah staple Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Atlanta-based mogul Perry ranked 4th. In August, he struck a deal with TBS cable network to produce a new sitcom, Meet the Browns, based on his hit play and movie. This fall, Perry ditched his 70,000-square-foot studio for a twice-the-size production complex in Atlanta, which includes five soundstages and a backlot."



  1. Invisible Woman said...

    Wow :-(

  2. Invisible Hand said...

    Can't disagree with the Tyler Perry smart thing (although, I prefer "business savvy"... I saw "Why Did I Get Married out of cultural obligation and it's hard to believe any reasonably sentient being could be responsible for that). He's got his money right, that's for sure.

    I think the reason it does so well, though, is that there are NO other black comedy options. None. Who ever thought we'd miss UPN?

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