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The Doctors (alternatively The Drs as seen on logo bugs and background graphics) is an Americanmarker syndicated talk show airing daily in the US, Canada, Ireland, Sweden and Finland. It premiered on September 8, 2008. . The hour-long daytime program is produced by Phil McGraw and his son Jay McGraw and is distributed domestically and globally by CBS Television Distribution. The series is a spin-off of Dr. Phil and is the first talk show to be spun off from another talk show spin-off, as Dr. Phil itself is a spin-off of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

It was announced in December 2008, that freshman talk show The Doctors was cleared for a second season. The second season premiered September 7, 2009.

Details

The concept, which originated on Dr. Phil, mostly focuses on health and medical issues, as a team of medical professionals discuss a range of various health-related topics and answer questions from viewers who are too embarrassed to ask their own doctors.

The series is hosted by emergency room physician and former The Bachelor participant Travis Lane Stork, a Vanderbilt Universitymarker trained physician, who has appeared frequently on Dr. Phil, with pediatrician Jim Sears, obstetrician/gynecologist Lisa Masterson, and plastic surgeon Andrew Ordon rounding out the discussion panel.

Reception

The show had not ranked in the top 20 syndicated programs at all during the beginning of its first season, coming in behind the syndicated version of the game show Deal or No Deal among new syndicated programs, garnering a 1.3 rating at the time of its launch. Since then, it has been the only talk show to gain viewers this season, registering a 1.5 rating by the end of October, up to 1.9 by December, and 2.3 by January, surpassing Deal; the show remains the top new talk show of the season.

There is also evidence in individual markets of the show's success: for instance, in Buffalo, New Yorkmarker, the show is credited with increasing the lead-in for WKBW-TVmarker's 5:00 newscasts, to the point that the station is once again competitive with other stations in the market. (However, that station was airing repeats of brokered interviews in that time slot, which garnered very low ratings.)

References

  1. [1]
  2. From The Futon Critic
  3. from Variety (October 24, 2007)
  4. From TV Week (December 9, 2007)
  5. “The Doctors” renewed for 2nd season - Radio Business Report/Television Business Report. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  6. From The Futon Critic
  7. Fitzgerald, Toni. Hot thing in syndie 'Deal or No Deal'. Media Life. 17 October 2008.
  8. http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/162505-Travolta_Tragedy_Affects_Syndie_Mags.php?rssid=20068
  9. Pergament, Alan. Channel 4 returns to the lead, but cable quarrel boosts Channel 7. The Buffalo News. 18 November 2008.


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