OWN’s rookie drama Greenleaf last night set a network Wednesday viewership mark, pulling 2.3 million total viewers and a 1.79 rating in the women 25-54 demo. The episode was the most watched since the series’ record-setting premiere. After bowing on Tuesday, June 21, Greenleaf moved to its regular Wednesday slot the next night.
Set against the backdrop of a sprawling Memphis megachurch, Greenleaf centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. As she reenters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield), it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem and that the family’s outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds. Oprah Winfrey exec produces and also recurs on the series as Mavis McCready, marking her return to scripted TV.
Greenleaf ranks as summer’s No. 1 new cable series among women and total viewers. It was created by Craig Wright and is produced by Lionsgate TV. It earned a Season 2 renewal two months ahead of its premiere.