The bad news is coming thick and fast for ABC soap opera fans, and daytime soap opera fans in General as TMZ reports that ABC may cancel its last soap opera, General Hospital to make room in its daytime line-up for a talk show hosted by Katie Couric who recently announced she’d be leaving the anchor position at CBS nightly news.
ABC also announced last month the cancellation of All My Children and One Life to Live. The fan followings from these shows have been vocal in their protest, bombarding the messiah of daytime television, Oprah, with thousands of messages asking her to save ABC’s doomed soap operas.
Unfortunately, Oprah, turned down the pleas of fans, and stated simply but forcefully that the daytime soap operas were no longer financially viable, and that their time had passed. Oprah could not, and would not save All My Children and/or One Life to Live.
Ironically, One Life to Live has show spirit in recently ratings weeks, which fans have latched onto, but commentators are merely reporting as a dead cat bounce.
With the potential cancellation of General Hospital, ABC would be the first of the major three broadcast networks to exit the daytime soap opera genre entirely. Katie Couric’s new show is not slated to air until Fall 2012, which means that the two show replacing All My Children and One Life to Live (The Revolution and Chew) could fall victim to the new offering rather than General Hospital.
All My Children and One Life to Live fans are threatening to boycott the new shows, but if their numbers aren’t’ sufficient to prevent their show’s cancellation, can their numbers impact a new offering? As a fan of daytime soap operas I truly hope they can.
While the fate of All My Children and One Life to Live seems set, General Hospital cannot continue to make new lows in ratings, or lose its audience pulling stars to other networks and soap operas, and stay on the air.
General Hospital reported a new ratings low in the Women 18-49 viewer demographic, but still rated second in the category.
Genie Francis, who has played General Hospital’s, Laura Spencer, on and off since 1976, recently signed to play Cane’s mother, Genevieve on The Young and the Restless (CBS), no doubt bringing viewers to the number 1 rated soap opera.
General Hospital reported a new ratings low in the Women 18-49 viewer demographic, but still rated second in the category, and fourth in the total viewer’s category.
Days of our Lives has shown some ratings stamina in recent weeks, pulling off all time lows, despite still rating last out of six soap operas in the total viewer’s category. Days or our Lives finished at 3rd in the Women 18-49 demographic, pulling off an all time low, hinting that Days of Our Lives fan love it when the DiMera’s get what’s coming to them.
Nicole recently walked in on EJ and Taylor kissing, and worked out the prisoner in the basement was Rafe Hernandez while the Real Rafe escaped the mental institution where he was being kept prisoner. All setting the scene for an exciting May sweeps month.
Soap Opera’s may be a dying genre, as many have observed in the past months and years, but until their final cancellations are announced there is only one sure fire way to save your favorite soaps.
Tune in and be counted.
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