'Tyler Perry's For Better Or Worse' Averages 3.4 Million Viewers During Friday Night Debut

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TBS debuted the latest sitcom entry from Tyler Perry and it did worse than its preceding pair.
The bow of Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse averaged 3.4 million total viewers at 10 p.m. during its Nov. 25 debut, according to Nielsen data, a total that included 1.8 million persons 18 to 49. The second installment last Friday at 10:30 p.m. added some 100,000 watchers, while maintaining its total in the demo Madison Avenue covets most.
Produced by Tyler Perry Studios and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, For Better or Worse is based on Perry's Why Did I Get Married? movies and centers on Angela Williams (Tasha Smith), the owner of a successful beauty salon, and her husband of 13 years, Marcus (Michael Jai White), a former professional football player who has recently partnered with Richard Ellington (Kent Faulcon) and Joseph Jetson (Jason Olive) on a new sports news program, C-Sports Now.  Their business relationship is complicated, however, by the fact that Richard is dating Keisha (Kiki Haynes), Marcus's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his teenage daughter. In addition, Joseph's girlfriend, successful real estate agent Leslie (Crystle Stewart), is Angela's best friend, which sometimes makes it difficult for the couples to keep their business and private lives from mingling.
As was the case with Perry's other original comedy series, House of Payne and Meet the Browns, TBS will air 10 episodes of For Better or Worse as a test. Should they clear certain Nielsen standards, TBS will then order 100 installments and Debmar-Mercury, in turn, will sell the show to TV stations.
House of Payne, which is ended its run with 222 episodes, premiered June 6, 2007 to 5.2 million viewers, including 2.72 million persons 18 to 49. For its part, Meet the Browns started its life on the "very funny" network with 4.2 million watchers on Jan.7, 2009.

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