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Second Season Premiere of 'Iyanla:Fix My Life' Hits Rating High

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by Sergio
April 20, 2013 1:47 PM
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I'm willing to bet that Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant are both really happy when Iyanla came back on Oprah's old talk show to basically apologize and beg for forgiveness.

It was then that it was pretty obvious to everyone that Iyanla had in her mind a plan for her to get own show on OWN. And she did. And it's a smash hit.

Last Saturday's second season premiere with rapper DMX and his son pulled in 1.4 million viewers, which is an increase of 22% from last season's premiere episode with Basketball Wives reailty star Evelyn Lozada

And the late night repeast of the DMX show pulled in another 420, 000 viewers.

As for the reason for the show's success, Iyanla said that "There's a lot of reality TV. People watch, walking away feeling excited, angry or disgusted. We try to give people lessons they can use in their lives. We take reality to another level. Not just the dysfunction but we serve these people, not just provide entertainment."

"We are trying to restore people. Restore their hearts and minds and trying to give them a sense of renewal. My goal is to realize their vision, clearing out whatever is in the way of manifesting their vision.

To add to the success of OWN on Saturday night, the premiere of Life with LaToya with LaToya Jackson, which followed Fix My Life, drew another 1.5 million viewers.

And this Saturday night will see another new reality celebrity show on OWN, Raising Whitley with comedian Kim Whitley, which will make its premiere between Iyanla's and LaToya's shows.

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  • CC | April 22, 2013 3:25 PMReply

    QUICK-RUN-HIDE YOUR CHILDREN'S EYE'S!

    "Addictions and all, how is the junkie the wisest one in the room and making the most sense?"

    Excuse me, but that's an ignorant statement! No human should be subjected to that nonsense. Listen, those who struggle with addictions are in no form or fashion, a monolithic group. Let me highlight a few familiar names: Howard Hughes (Aviator, engineer, industrialist), Albert Einstein, Abbie Hoffman (politcal Activist), Michael Jackson, the Kennedy Family, Sigmund Freud (Neurologist), Josiah Lamborn (Attorney General). Ya know, drug and alcohol addiction takes no prisoners, only a fool would suggest otherwise.

    That reminds me, some folks are having a problem with Iyanla Vanzant hosting this show. Well, I believe I know why. They are simply looking in the wrong place. I mean, this is a perfect time to break out the saying "Don't Shoot The Messenger"... focus on the message. Yep, and TAZ got that message... "This is a good show in that as part of the audience, the subject touched, the words spoken may help highlight an issue you have seen or heard" ~ TAZ

    In my opinion (journey & struggles) I've come to believe in the deepest message of those words. When I see people going through my "storms" and I accept the fact that I may not have arrived, I can learn from their good AND BAD examples. In fact, who IS best to lead me out of my fire storms, than someone who has traveled that road before me? Come on now, a choir boy cannot lead me out of my storms 'cause he has not walked in these shoes. I need someone who has felt my pain and then we might have something to talk about.

    In short, one may not like Iyanla's interviewing style or the woman, but I know she has suffered just like you and I. So I am all ears, taking in the good and leaving the "bad" behind.

  • CC | April 22, 2013 10:04 PM

    "By the way, the best person to lead you out of your fire storms is you. The only person who can truly lead you out is you"

    NotaFan, on the surface that sounds inspiring, wonderful, lets go get'em. However, speaking from experience on both sides of the equation (recovering drug addict and counselor) I know a little something about this subject.

    Don't get me wrong, I am not saying Iyanla is the right person for "this" job because the journey requires much much more than she can provide.

    Listen, recovering from a mental disorder is not a one stop event. It is a continuing journey down a long dark winding road. It's so treacherous, less than 1% actually make it to the other side.

    Part of the problem is those who DO believe they can lead themselves out of the storm. But I am here to tell you, that ideology simply does not work. There's a saying in the recovery world... "When a recovering person is by themselves and/or leading themselves, they are in the company of a fool." There's another... "If you are prescribing your own medicine, you have a fool for a physician".

    In essence NotaFan, the patient (the sick person, the person in the storm) needs continuing help, guidance and detailed instructions. They have no idea, no conception of the arduous journey in front of them, so how could THEY lead the way - it does not make sense. And again, I've seen thousands fail, yet only a few make it to the other side. It's not a game for the weak or those who have a hard time asking for help and help and help and more help. It may require someone to drop down on their knees and say "Please help me 'cause I can't do this by myself". It's called humility and honesty.

  • NOtAFAN | April 22, 2013 8:32 PM

    I'm not suggesting that being a junkie doesn't make you wise. Absolutely the opposite. I apologize if I offended in any way for that. You misunderstood my comment and I see where that was easy to do.

    Whatever the "issue" is that brought him into the room for "help", DMX was the only one in the room that seemed to know what needed to be done to begin that process. He had a better handle on the reality of what was happening that Iylana did. She couldn't even be objective enough to remain professional when DMX rightfully got upset about his son being in the room. At that point, if not before, her ability to help DMX was sacrificed for a ratings boost.

    By the way, the best person to lead you out of your fire storms is you. The only person who can truly lead you out is you. Her role is not to fix their life. Her role should be to help people see how they can fix their own life. Having someone that relates to your issues only helps you stop presenting reasons about why you don't feel comfortable opening up & getting unstuck. It says nothing about their ability to help.

    I don't know Iylana personally so I can't speak about not liking her. I can say her brand of "help" does more harm than good to the person and the practice of helping.

  • Man-Over-Bored | April 22, 2013 1:46 PMReply

    I suggest she feature DMX for nine more episodes, with a different one of his offspring confronting him (in similar manner) on each one!

  • NotAFan | April 22, 2013 1:24 PMReply

    I'm so curious to know how her approach was intended to help DMX or Evelyn or anyone else foolish enough to sign up for this "television" actually FIX En.Tee.Thang in their life.

    Iylana is formulaically lifting herself up higher by stepping on the heads of these broken individuals. You will never see anyone that isn't already a public spectacle featured because then she would catch some heat for the way she doesn't help them. I actually came away with more respect for DMX after watching the episode as Iylana edited it. Addictions and all, how is the junkie the wisest one in the room and making the most sense?

  • NotAFan | April 22, 2013 8:13 PM

    @ Jess being "a public spectacle" does not mean you are famous.

    It's likely that Oprah's target audience had no idea who DMX was before this show. Her subjects must only be enough of a mess for the viewing audience to sit comfortably on the couch making themselves feel better about their own lives by comparison. "I might be effed up but at least I'm not DMX" If you walk away with a Pintrest worthy nugget or Aha, that may or may not actually apply to your life, you feel like the show was great! What gets lost in the sauce is that the individual's life is no better as a result of appearing. Show me 1 person who feels like this came anywhere near to fixing their life. I imagine DMX is not the first or last person walking away from this experience feeling betrayed & angry about how they were mislead and mishandled. She did nothing constructive to help then wants to tweet post show for us to pray for him?! Please!

  • jess | April 22, 2013 3:44 PM

    Not true. I watched a couple of eps last year and saw commercials--the majority of the participants weren't famous.

  • morgan | April 22, 2013 12:53 PMReply

    Vanzant has always been a fraud. She has as much credibility as a Catholic priest talking to assault survivors abused by priests. People don't tune in for insight, it's the tv version of the National Enquier. Shame on you Oprah, she's fooled you once again. You are above this Oprah, don't resort to putting on exploitive shows just for ratings. I can't watch an hour of OWN without a Vanzant promo showing at EVERY commercial break.

  • morgan | April 22, 2013 12:53 PMReply

    Vanzant has always been a fraud. She has as much credibility as a Catholic priest talking to assault survivors abused by priests. People don't tune in for insight, it's the tv version of the National Enquier. Shame on you Oprah, she's fooled you once again. You are above this Oprah, don't resort to putting on exploitive shows just for ratings. I can't watch an hour of OWN without a Vanzant promo showing at EVERY commercial break.

  • TAZ | April 21, 2013 1:14 PMReply

    This is a good show in that as part of the audience, the subject touched, the words spoken may help highlight an issue you have seen or heard., unlike what someone else has stated. I do not watch every episode, as some do not hold any significance for me, but if the topic is of interest, I will watch.

    In fact, I still have the DVR recording of one particular episode from the first season. Iyanla was invited to help a sister group of bloggers from Chicago get the root of their bickering. It explored subtle and not so subtle ways females arm themselves personally and especially in business. The fact that this was a group of black women of various ages made this VERY interesting to me as I and my sister-friends are also of differing ages, sizes, hues and backgrounds.

  • Turnpike | April 20, 2013 8:46 PMReply

    I love the show. It's great. Tonight's episode will feature Sheree and Bob. I'm pretty sure the dissenters will be watching with baited breathe. lol

  • Miles Ellison | April 20, 2013 6:54 PMReply

    If Vanzant thinks that the purpose of reality TV is anything other than dysfunction, perversity, and conflict, she's a bigger idiot than she appears to be.

  • sharon | April 20, 2013 4:38 PMReply

    Yes. I suppose that it was a ratings hit. Exactly their intentions. I am guilty too. I was a part of that number! I slowed down to stare at a gruesome car wreck!
    Smh. Awful. Exploitative. Shameful.
    It was just an intervention with another junkie. And the only draw was that it was a very renowned junkie. A famous drug addict
    So many issues to this show. Why would someone sit and converse with someone completely out of their minds with drugs??? In a rehab facility-yes!the But not while the person is still under the influence! Anyone who knows a junkie, no amount of begging, pleading, threatening, crying, will do shit!!!!
    Had they grabbed his ass and put him away-now THAT would've been something to watch!!
    Otherwise this was just a junkie and his family and a talented television guru going at it!

  • 3121lena | April 20, 2013 4:19 PMReply

    That first sentence is grammatically incorrect.

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