OK so remember last January when “The Game” returned to TV for a 4th season on BET. The show had been cancelled by The CW a couple years earlier and fans welcomed the new episodes with open arms. The Game set a big record for the cable channel, drawing 7.7 million viewers. It was highest-rated airing of a sitcom on ad-supported cable in TV history.
Though the numbers dwindled over the course of the season, The Game remained a big hit for BET and was renewed for a 5th season with a full 22 episode order.
“The Game” returned with a lot of drama (Abortions, ex lovers, family drama, rehab and race issues, all in just one episode) for its 2nd BET season Tuesday, but while it performed great, it failed to match that record of 7 million viewers. The show drew 5.3 million viewers. The viewership was still a boost from the season finale last year, which reached 4.4 million viewers.
The series didn’t come close to these kinds of numbers on The CW.
What do you think? Were you watching The Game? Why do you think the show is attracting so many more fans on cable than it did on a broadcast network?