‘Queen Sugar’ returns to record ratings for season 2 premiere

As Emmy voters consider season 1 of “Queen Sugar,” the drama series returned to OWN this week for its sophomore edition. Tuesday’s premiere drew 2.3 million viewers and did particularly well among the advertiser-friendly demo of women between 25 and 54. Wednesday’ follow-up netted an audience of 1.7 million. That translated into a rating of 1.6, which was good enough to rank as the number one cable show watched by women that night.

“Queen Sugar” is the first television show created by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“13th,” “Selma”). She directed the first two episodes of this series about three siblings (Rutina WesleyDawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe) who move to Louisiana to claim an 800-acre sugar cane farm left to them by their recently deceased father. The show is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and broadcast on her channel.

Season 1 has already won Best Drama Series at the NAACP Image Awards and Best TV Show from the American Black Film Festival honors organized by BET. It contended at the People’s Choice Awards in January for Favorite Cable Drama but was edged out by “Bates Motel.”

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