‘The Game' Audience Slips


Viewership for BET's original comedy series The
fell below the 5
million mark for the first time this past Tuesday, but the comedy series is still on
track to become the network's most watched original series in its
31-year history.

The Game's Jan. 25 episode, which follows relationships of players on a fictitious pro football team, drew 4.6 million viewers, 59% below the record 7.7 million viewers the series garnered in its Jan. 11 premiere.

Overall, the 13-episode series is averaging 6 million viewers for its first three shows, which is still well above the network's most watched series ever, reality series Tiny & Toya, which averaged 1.8 million viewers in 2009.

BET's other new comedy series, Let's Stay Together, is also on target to become BET's second most watched series. The show, which follows the relationship challenges of young African-Americans, is averaging 3.5 million viewers through three episodes, according to Nielsen.