R&B Divas, the unscripted TV show that features female soul singers Faith Evans, Keke Wyatt, Monifah, Syleena Johnson and Nicci Gilbert, drew nearly 900,000 viewers for its premiere this week.

The numbers are even more impressive when figuring in the highly coveted 25-54 demographic, which came in at 479,000 adults. R&B Divas has been billed as the anti-Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta, another reality show criticized for its negative portrayal of women of color.

TV One executive vice president Toni Judkins said the rising African-American themed cable network, which has also found ratings success with its music documentary series Unsung, was never in doubt of the success potential for the show.

“We were confident in the quality of production and that the compelling storytelling deriving from the Divas’ willingness to present their lives so openly and honestly would result in an entertaining series,” Judkins said in a statement. “We’re pleased that the ratings reflect the viewers’ interest in and support of the show and TV One.” —Keith Murphy, CBS Local


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