"The Dr. Oz Show" Season 5 Premieres With Strong Ratings

Scores Double Digit Growth in Key Markets


NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The three-time Emmy® Award-winning, critically-acclaimed and nationally-syndicated The Dr. Oz Show began its fifth season Monday, September 9, to impressive ratings.

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For example, in Los Angeles The Doctor Oz Show season premiere was the top rated program on KABC-TV between 9am and 7:30pm among W25-54 with a 1.6 Nielsen Station Index demo rating.  That was a 14% increase over its fourth season premiere and a 45% jump over its demo lead-in.  In Chicago, on WFLD, Doctor Oz surged 150% in the key demo both over its lead-in and its year-ago time period average.  And, in top market New York, the show was up 13% among W25-54 compared to its own year-ago performance on WNYW. The Dr. Oz Show also maintained or built ratings over its lead-in in 9 of the top 10 markets in both HH and the key W25-54 demographic.

"It is a great feeling to start out our fifth season in such a strong position," said executive producer Mindy Borman. "We will look to build on this initial success with a season that will be representative of all that we have learned over the last four years. Dr. Oz will continue to provide our viewers access to the best, life-enhancing information available presented in the most fun and imaginative way possible."

Added executive producer Amy Chiaro, "This is just the beginning of a season full of fun and firsts, as we continue to tackle the topics that no other show can and present easy, simple solutions and advice to improve the lives and health of our viewers every day."

Offering viewers a healthy dose of fun every day, the fifth season promises to be the most entertaining yet for The Dr. Oz Show, proving that laughter truly can be the best medicine. With a line-up of A-list celebrity guests, who will don the iconic purple gloves, examine organs, and get advice about their health concerns, The Dr. Oz Show will show a side of these celebs that you won't see on any other show. This season will also see the return of several immensely popular show elements from earlier seasons such as featuring one lucky audience member as Dr. Oz's 'Assistant of the Day' (AOD) to help him with one major segment on that day's show and the 'Truth Tube' - a vertical on-stage monitor which gives the audience graphical insight into what's going on in a guest's body – from blood work to weight loss – numbers never lie. As always, Dr. Oz will continue to be out there fighting for his viewers on consumer issues, providing access to information they didn't know existed.

Upcoming episodes include "Duck Dynasty's" the Robertson Family, self-proclaimed America's healthiest family, talking about quack medicine, Louie Anderson and Sweet Brown. Plus, a crazy stunt to find out if are you sleep compatible with your partner, how to get in and out of your fast food restaurant for 500 calories, and Dr. Oz's new favorite "F" word: Fasting!  In a first for "The Dr. Oz Show," viewers take over an entire show via social media and get to decide all of the show topics.

About The Dr. Oz Show
The three-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning "The Dr. Oz Show," hosted by the two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, is now in its fifth season.  "The Dr. Oz Show," which is currently seen in 118 countries worldwide, debuted domestically in 2009 with the biggest ratings in nine years in daytime television.

Dr. Oz, the world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, served as health expert on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" since 2004, sharing advice with viewers to help them live their best life from the inside out. Dr. Oz has co-authored six New York Times Best Sellers including "YOU: The Owner's Manual," "YOU: The Smart Patient," "YOU: On a Diet," "YOU: Staying Young," "YOU: Being Beautiful" and "YOU Having a Baby" as well as the award-winning "Healing from the Heart." He has a regular column in TIME Magazine and O The Oprah Magazine.  

Dr. Oz is vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University.  He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and performs 100 heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. 

Cleared in over 99% of the country, "The Dr. Oz Show" is co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed by SPT.  "The Dr. Oz Show" is executive produced by Mindy Borman and Amy Chiaro.  

About Harpo Studios
Harpo Studios is the multi-award winning production company which creates original television programming for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, including the popular series "Oprah's Next Chapter," "Iyanla: Fix My Life," Emmy® nominated "Oprah's Master Class," and both Emmy® award-winning series "Oprah's Lifeclass," and "Super Soul Sunday."  Oprah Winfrey's creative instincts inform the brand, co-producing the highly-rated syndicated talk shows "The Dr. Oz Show," "Dr. Phil," and "Rachael Ray."  For 25 years, Harpo produced the number-one-rated, award-winning "The Oprah Winfrey Show."  Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines publish the monthly O, The Oprah Magazine publication, while Harpo Films is dedicated to high-quality scripted dramatic programming, and Harpo Radio, Inc. produces Oprah Radio on Sirius XM Radio (XM Channel 111 and Sirius Channel 204).

About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms.  In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 13 countries outside the U.S. and also maintains offices in 33 countries. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 840 million households worldwide.  SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net, premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S. media sales company ITN Networks, Inc.  SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including FEARnet, DoctorOz.com and PlayStation. 

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For further information: Tim Sullivan, The Dr. Oz Show, 212-259-1520, tsullivan@zoco.com