OWN Ratings Up, Network Looks Forward to 2013

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January 7, 2013 ‐ By Kimberly Maul
Oprah with Dave Letterman, who recently appeared on "Oprah's Next Chapter." AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Oprah with Dave Letterman, who recently appeared on “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Oprah’s OWN has announced that 2012 saw year-over-year ratings gains, with primetime ratings for women ages 25 to 54 up 32 percent and total day ratings up 44 percent for all viewers. Ms. Winfrey’s own series, Oprah’s Next Chapter, featuring interviews with celebrities will also continue, with upcoming episodes featuring Drew Barrymore, LL Cool J, and Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy Houston.

“All of these new programs reflect the best of the human spirit.  From the funny to the dramatic, we are always shooting for to-the-bone real,” said Sheri Salata, president of OWN, in a statement about the new programs. “Whether it’s Oprah’s in-depth conversations with celebrities and newsmakers, or our new scripted programming from Tyler Perry, the people and characters in these shows share experiences and life stories in relatable and authentic ways.”

Tyler Perry will join the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2013, as OWN and parent company Discovery Communications announced six new series that will debut on the network this year.

Perry’s one-hour drama The Haves and the Have-Nots will follow a wealthy family, and the family of their housekeeper, while his half-hour comedy Love Thy Neighbor will tell the stories of the friends and neighbors who spend time at Love’s Diner.

The other shows announced by the network are Blackboard Wars, which follows the transformation of New Orleans’ John McDonogh High School; Golden Sisters, a reality show following the trio of senior sisters who became famous after a video of them watching a celebrity sex tape went viral; Raising Whitley, the story of a comedienne who raises a baby with the help of her friends; and Dogfellas, the story of former street enforcer James “Head” Guiliani, who opened a dog grooming business in Brooklyn.

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