House Of Payne Becomes Cable's Top-rated Sitcom
Tyler Perry, who astonished box-office analysts when his Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which cost $5 million to make, earned $50.4 million in theaters and its sequel, Madea's Family Reunion, brought in $63.3 million, has now hit it big on television. The debut of his House of Payne pulled the biggest audience ever for a cable-TV sitcom last week when it attracted an average of 5.2 million viewers for its debut. The show, which aired on TBS, was also basic cable's No. 1 scripted show of the year. Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin told Reuters, "We weren't expecting the best of all time. ... We had high hopes, but even our highest hopes were exceeded."