OWN'S HIT DRAMA SERIES "GREENLEAF" DELIVERS MOST WATCHED WEDNESDAY TELECAST IN NETWORK HISTORY WITH 2.3 MILLION VIEWERS
"Greenleaf" is Wednesday Night's #1 Cable Telecast For Women
LOS ANGELES - The hit summer drama series "Greenleaf" delivered OWN's most watched Wednesday telecast in network history last night (8/10) with 2.3 million total viewers and a 1.79 women 25-54 rating. It was also Wednesday night's #1 cable telecast for women.
Last night's telecast was up +13% in women 25-54 and +18% in total viewers vs. the prior six-week average. In addition, the episode built in each quarter hour climbing +11% from start to finish among women 25-54.
"Greenleaf" is currently the summer's #1 new cable series among women and total viewers and the summer's #1 new series on all of TV across all key African-American demos.
Source: The Nielsen Company
"Greenleaf" takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Born of the church, the Greenleaf family love and care for each other, but beneath the surface lies a den of iniquity -- greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values -- that threatens to tear apart the very core of their faith that holds them together. "Greenleaf" stars Merle Dandridge ("The Night Shift") as Grace Greenleaf; Keith David ("Community") as Bishop James Greenleaf; Lynn Whitfield ("The Josephine Baker Story") as Lady Mae Greenleaf; Kim Hawthorne ("Rake") as Kerissa Greenleaf; Lamman Rucker ("Meet the Browns") as Jacob Greenleaf; Tye White ("The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story") as Kevin Satterlee; Deborah Joy Winans ("Whitney") as Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee; Desiree Ross ("Falling Skies") as Sophia; and Oprah Winfrey ("Selma") in a recurring role as Mavis McCready. The series is executive produced by Craig Wright ("Lost," "Six Feet Under"), Oprah Winfrey ("Selma") and Clement Virgo ("The Book of Negroes"). "Greenleaf" is produced for OWN by Lionsgate in association with Harpo Films and Pine City.
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