BET’s ‘Don’t Sleep’ Gets Expanded Segment

T.J Holmes is getting an expanded segment, but a decrease in time due to struggling show ratings.

‘Don’t Sleep, which aired Monday-Thursday for a half an hour, will now become a weekly one-hour segment airing on Wednesdays at 11 p.m.

BET cites this development due to an ‘overwhelming demand’ from viewers. According to reports, the shows launch averaged 400,000 viewers the first night and has only come close to 1 million viewers once. It has since experienced a decline in viewers.

Read more at The Washington Post

Is T.J. Holmes BET’s Last Hope for Respectability?

From The New York Times

Black Entertainment Television launched a new show earlier this fall focusing on social issues and hot button topics called “Don’t Sleep! Hosted by T. J. Holmes.”

T.J. Holmes, once a news anchor and correspondent at CNN, has roundtable discussions and routinely invites politicians, celebrities and other notable commentators. The tone of the show goes across varied views, opinions and ideologies.

The show gives balance to a channel more known for its negative portrayal of blacks.

But can this show change the perception of BET amongst the black community?

The rest of this story can be read on The New York Times

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