“The Soul Man” starring Cedric The Entertainer & Niecy Nash premiered on June 20, 2012 and the show scored a network milestone for TV Land, becoming the second highest rated series premiere among its target audience next to only to the series launch of “Hot In Cleveland.”
Despite its outstanding debut, “The Soul Man” suffered from the Viacom blackout during its parent company’s dispute with satellite network DirecTV.
Though its premiere numbers garnered a whopping 1.92 million viewers, the nine-day DirecTV outage saw “The Soul Man” take a staggering dip to 810,000 viewers.
Since the DirecTV/Viacom fallout has been resolved, “The Soul Man” has seen an increase in viewers. Last week the show had 1.03 million viewers, 1.027 million the week before and 951,000 the prior week.
Though the numbers may be on the upswing, the cast of “The Soul Man” isn’t taking any chances of the audience returning on its own and have been taking a grass roots approach to promoting the show mid-season.
Stars of the series have been attending mega churches to promote the sitcom, in addition to hosting screenings of upcoming episodes for local congregations.
TV Land has not decided whether “The Soul Man” will be renewed for a second season as of yet.
PHOTOS: Check out members of “The Soul Man” cast promoting the show at California churches.
- Bishop Noel Jones poses with Cedric “The Entertainer” at The City of Refuge during “The Soul Man” Los Angeles Church Visits. (Photo Credit: Earl Gibson)
- Cedric “The Entertainer” addresses The City of Refuge congregation regarding his TV Land Sitcom “The Soul Man.” (Photo Credit: Earl Gibson)
- “The Soul Man” Actor Wesley Jonathan and Pastor John Hunter pose together at the First AME annual Back To School school event. (Photo Credit: Valerie Goodloe)
- Tommy The Clown and Wesley Jonathan of “The Soul Man” volunteer at the First AME Church annual Back To School Event. (Photo Credit: Valerie Goodloe)
- Niecy Nash star of TV Land’s “The Soul Man” poses with Bishop Kenneth Ulmer during her visit to Faithful Central Bible Church. (Photo Credit: Earl Gibson)
- (Rear L-R) Wesley Jonathan, First Lady Denise Hunter, Pastor John Hunter, Cedric “The Entertainer,” Lorna Kyles, John Beasley, Eric Rhone (Front L-R) Jaden Hunter, Croix Kyles, and Lucky Rose Kyles pose together at First A.M.E. during “The Soul Man” Los Angeles Church Visits. (Photo Credit: Earl Gibson)
- Bishop Kenneth Ulmer looks on as Niecy Nash addresses the Faithful Central Bible Church congregation about her new show “The Soul Man” on TV Land Wednesdays at 10PM ET/PT. (Photo Credit: Earl Gibson)
- “The Soul Man” cast: Wesley Jonathan, Niecy Nash, Cedric the Entertainer, Jazz Raycole & John Beasley