Left to right: Actress Tia Mowry-Hardict, son Cree and husband, actor Cory Hardict were featured on OWN’s “Black Love” series.
On the heels of record ratings for its series debut, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network recently announced it has ordered more episodes of its “Black Love” docuseries. the exact number of Additional episodes hour-episode series is still being finalized, according to a network spokesperson.
The series’ premiere episode drew 2 million total viewers and 0.89 rating for women 25-54 in live and same say, making it OWN’s most-watched unscripted series debut in network history and its highest-rated unscripted series debut in more than four years in he demo.
The series premiere also was No. 2 the time period across all cable for women 25-54 and was the No. 2 most social prime time episode on national cable, according to OWN. “Black Love,” from husband and wife filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver (the Perfect Guy) and Confluential films, highlights love stories from the black community and seeks to answer the burning question, “What does it take to make a marriage work?” the new episodes for 2018 will feature Emmy-nominated actor sterling K. Brown and wife Ryan Michelle Bathe, Tina Knowles-Lawson and husband Richard Lawson, among others. the series debuted in its regular saturday 9 PM ET/Pt time-slot, beginning September 2.
The first season features some of Hollywood’s most celebrated black couples including: Oscar-winner Viola Davis and Julius Tennon; Hollywood power couple actress Meagan Good and entertainment executive, preacher and author Devon Franklin; NAACP winning actress Tia Mowry-Hardict and actor Cory Hardict; NAACP Image Award nominee flex Alexander and Grammy-nominated recording artist Shanice; and renowned gospel singer Erica Campbell and music producer Warryn Campbell, among others.
The series – which shares real, honest, emotional and sometimes cringe-worthy love stories from some of the most successful people in entertainment as well as everyday couples – has been a hit among audiences.
One viewer, Dione Rhoads, wrote on Facebook, “I love this show. It’s really touching … and (to see) the positive outweigh the negative, is wonderful.Such Power.”
Another viewer, Dennis Howard echoed Rhoads sentiment when he wrote, “this is such a beautiful show. I love that it shows that even the couples who appear to have the perfect relationship today, had to work on it. It’s never easy, no matter who you are.”
Kathy sims, who said she’s been married for 20 years, added that she could relate to the things the couples shared.
“I missed the first two episodes, but caught up during my morning coffee. having grown up in a single parent home, I always dreamed of getting married. I wanted the amazing wedding, house with the white picket fence, 3.4 children, dog, goldfish, soccer, football, dance, boy/girl scouts … all those things I didn’t have while growing up. Well, I got the wedding, adopted 3 children, the dog but like last night’s show, we had/continue to have so many hurdles that we had to clear. Marriage Is a labor of love! Even when I’ve wanted to boink him on the head for being/saying/doing something foolish, I still love him more than I did the day I met him.”