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Tyler Perry’s ‘The Have and the Have Nots’ became OWN’s highest-rated series premiere ever.

Atlanta-based actor, writer and director Tyler Perry has scored a hit for OWN.

Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey are a match made in TV-ratings heaven! Perry’s scandalous new drama, The Haves and the Have Nots, set a new ratings record for OWN Tuesday night. The show earned 1.77 million viewers during its first episode. The ratings grew to 1.8 million in its second episode—the largest series debut in the network’s history. Life with La Toya held the previous record with 1.18 million viewers. Fans on Twitter and Facebook raved about the new show starring Tika Sumpter. The numbers for Perry’s second OWN show, Love Thy Neighbor, have yet to be released. [Hollywood Reporter]