Well, the press release says “nearly 4 million” people, although it doesn’t give the exact figure.
Also worth mentioning from the release is that “nearly 3 million” viewers watched the premiere of Let’s Stay Together, which aired after the premiere of The Game.
Those figures include audiences who tuned in during the actual premiere hours, as well as those who watched during the encore broadcasts.
They are inline with BET’s other current hit shows in Real Husbands Of Hollywood and Second Generation Wayans.
Although the “nearly 4 million” viewership for The Game is less than it was for season premiere episodes during the previous 2 seasons: 7.7 million viewers in 2011, which is still a record, and 5.3 million viewers for 2012. So a steady decline overall, over the course of the 3 seasons since the series debuted on BET in 2011.
Should the network be worried about the future of The Game?
Details via press release from BET below:
NEARLY 4 MILLION VIEWERS WATCHED THE PREMIERE OF “THE GAME” AND NEARLY 3 MILLION VIEWERS WATCHED THE PREMIERE OF “LET’S STAY TOGETHER” ON BET
THE GAME Season 6 Premiere Is #1, Delivering More Total Viewers And Adults Compared To All Other Returning Cable Sitcom Telecasts This Season
THE GAME And LET’S STAY TOGETHER Are This Season’s Top 2 Returning Sitcom Series Premieres On Cable Among Total Viewers
March 28, 2013 – BET continues to takeover primetime with Tuesday’s telecasts of new episodes of THE GAME and LET’S STAY TOGETHER! Returning for a sixth season and marking its 100th episode, THE GAME premiere delivered more viewers and adults 18-49 compared to all other returning cable sitcom telecasts this season making it the #1 returning sitcom telecast on cable. THE GAME and LET’S STAY TOGETHER are now this season’s top 2 returning sitcom series premieres on cable among total viewers. And, the LET’S STAY TOGETHER season 3 premiere telecast is the #1 sitcom telecast in its time-slot on cable among all viewers and adults 18-49 this season.
The season 6 premiere of THE GAME premiered Tuesday night to a total of 2.5 million viewers during its 10:00 p.m.* premiere. When combined with THE GAME’s 11:30 P.M.* encore episode, it attracted almost 4 million total viewers. And, LET’S STAY TOGETHER 11:00 P.M.* season 3 premiere drew 1.9 million total viewers. When combined with LET’S STAY TOGETHER’ 12:30 A.M.* telecast the season premiere attracted almost 3 million total viewers.
*All Times EST
Source: BET Corporate Research via Nielsen LIVE + SAME DAY “FAST NATIONALS” DATA