August 4, 2005

TV’s ‘Dr. Phil’ show renewed for five years

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Television psychologist Dr. Phil
McGraw has signed a five-year extension of his syndication deal
with the distributors of his show, King World Productions Inc.,
the company announced on Wednesday.

The agreement will keep the daily, hourlong "Dr. Phil"
broadcast, which ranks second among all syndicated talk shows
behind "The Oprah Winfrey Show," on the U.S. airwaves through
the 2013-2014 TV season.

The current accord runs through the 2008-2009 season.

The Texas-born McGraw, whose program debuted in 2002,
currently dispenses his no-nonsense brand of relationship
advice and self-help guidance on 210 TV stations covering more
than 99 percent of the country.

McGraw is author of five No. 1 New York Times bestsellers
and writes a monthly column for O, The Oprah Magazine.

His TV program, which is taped in Hollywood, averages
nearly 7 million viewers, and is up 13 percent in household
ratings season to date compared with its first season.

Both King World and Paramount Domestic Television, which
produces "Dr. Phil," are units of Viacom Inc.