Last night’s premiere of AMC’s newest unscripted series Game Of Arms debuted with 1 million viewers and 626,000 adults 18-49 at 10 PM, making it AMC’s highest weeknight unscripted series premiere ever. Game Of Arms, from Undertow Films, looks at the highly competitive world of underground arm wrestling.
Meanwhile, BET has officially ordered a second season of its first original scripted drama series Being Mary Jane, after the finale — two back-to-back hours from 9-11 PM — averaged 2.6 million viewers in the first hour and 3.2 million in the second.
The season finale event became the series’ best performing episode, outperforming its premiere. (In early January, an average of 3.3 million viewers tuned in to check out the unveiling of the Gabrielle Union-starring vehicle, after which an immediate repeat clocked 1.8 million.) During February, the top 5 weeknight cable drama premiere telecasts were dominated by new episodes of the series, and it finished out its first season as the No. 1 new original scripted series on ad-supported cable for the TV season to date among adults 18-49 and women 18-49.
Production on Season 2 begins this spring; Union will be joined by cast members Richard Roundtree, Margaret Avery, Richard Brooks, Lisa Vidal, Raven Goodwin, B.J. Britt, Aaron Spears, Latarsha Rose and Stephen Bishop. Being Mary Jane is created and executive produced by Girlfriends creator Mara Brock Akil and executive produced and directed by Salim Akil.