The Rickey Smiley Show, TV One’s newest comedy, delivered the highest rated premiere in the history of the network. Airing Tuesday nights at 9pm, ET, the sitcom delivered the highest rated premiere in the history of the network.
The premiere episode garnered a 1.08 HH rating, delivering 621,000 homes and among P25-54, earned a .75 rating, delivering 468,000 viewers. The second original episode airing at 9:30pm improved on the premiere, garnering a 1.12 HH rating, delivering 642,000 homes and among 25-54, earned a .83 rating with a delivery of 515,000 viewers. Over the four telecasts of the premieres and encores,
The Rickey Smiley Show had a P2+ gross average audience of nearly 2.3 million viewers.
The show stars Rickey Smiley, as a comedian, nationally syndicated radio personality, and single father of three juggling life at work and at home. Upcoming guest appearances include actress Lisa Raye, gospel music sensation Fred Hammond, renowned rapper Waka Flocka and Rickey as his signature characters “Bernice Jenkins” and “Joe Willie.”
Wonya Lucas, TV One President and CEO commented, “TV One’s investment in original programming continues to propel the network forward as we reflect the breadth and depth of true Black life. We are excited to herald the returning popularity of the Black family sitcom as illustrated through The Rickey Smiley Show’s success.”