OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network

Oprah Winfrey Network’s dramatic series, “The Haves and the Have Nots,” which stars “One Life to Live’s” Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla Wiliamson), premiered on May 28, and ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!

The much-anticipated debut of the dramatic series that follows the lives of a wealthy, dysfunctional family and their hired help garnered 1.77 million viewers — making it the highest rated series premiere in the network’s history! And as if that wasn’t cause for celebration enough, the series’ second episode, which aired immediately after the premiere, drew in a whopping 1.8 million viewers.

As we previously reported, Sumpter was especially excited about starring in the show, as her character is especially fierce and feisty. So congratulations, girl!

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