How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

Ratings: Another New Low For GH In Women 18-49 Viewers

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( — Ratings Report for the Week of May 2-6, 2011

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,543,000 (-272,000/-525,000)
2. B&B 2,823,000 (-216,000/-286,000)
3. OLTL 2,498,000 (-46,000/+173,000)
4. GH 2,379,000 (-145,000/-279,000)
5. AMC 2,335,000 (-89,000/-103,000)
6. DAYS 2,239,000 (-160,000/-258,000)

1. Y&R 3.3/11 (-.1/-.3)
2. B&B 2.0/7 (-.2/-.2) <—- ties low
3. OLTL 1.9/6 (same/+.2)
4. AMC 1.8/6 (same/-.1)
4. GH 1.8/6 (-.1/-.1)
6. DAYS 1.7/6 (-.1/-.2) <—- ties low

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 936,000 (+10,000/-199,000)
2. GH 661,000 (-15,000/-230,000) <—- new low *
3. DAYS 651,000 (-15,000/-18,000)
4. OLTL 599,000 (-26,000/-125,000)
5. B&B 534,000 (-52,000/-64,000)
6. AMC 483,000 (-47,000/-153,000)

* Previous low: 676,000 (April 25-29, 2011)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/10 (same/-.3)
2. DAYS 1.0/7 (same/same)
2. GH 1.0/6 (same/-.3) <—- ties low (2nd straight week)
4. OLTL 0.9/6 (same/-.2)
5. B&B 0.8/5 (-.1/-.1) <—- ties low
6. AMC 0.7/5 (-.1/-.3) <—- ties low

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 30,000 (-17,000/-16,000)
2. OLTL 25,000 (-6,000/-6,000)
3. DAYS 22,000 (+1,000/+16,000)
4. B&B 16,000 (-8,000/-13,000)
5. GH 13,000 (-17,000/-45,000)
6. AMC 2,000 (-13,000/-21,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.8/6 (-.1/-.1)
2. DAYS 0.6/4 (same/-.3)
2. GH 0.6/4 (+.1/-.3)
4. OLTL 0.5/3 (-.1/-.2)
5. B&B 0.4/3 (-.1/same) <—- ties low
5. AMC 0.4/3 (same/-.3)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,070,000 (-54,000/-66,000)
2. B&B 659,000 (-27,000/-4,000)
3. DAYS 519,000 (-15,000/+39,000)
4. OLTL 473,000 (-15,000/+62,000)
5. AMC 450,000 (-20,000/+15,000)
6. GH 402,000 (-46,000/-109,000)


Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

Monday: 1.7/2,309,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,358,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,345,000
Thursday: 1.7/2,323,000
Friday: 1.8/2,337,000

Monday: 2.0/2,662,000
Tuesday: 2.0/2,778,000
Wednesday: 2.2/3,011,000
Thursday: 2.0/2,752,000
Friday: 2.1/2,912,000

Monday: 1.7/2,260,000
Tuesday: 1.6/2,217,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,386,000
Thursday: 1.5/2,039,000 (did not count; 1:11pm start time)
Friday: 1.6/2,091,000

Monday: 1.9/2,389,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,541,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,261,000
Thursday: 1.7/2,297,000
Friday: 1.8/2,405,000

Monday: 1.9/2,474,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,393,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,508,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,558,000
Friday: 1.9/2,557,000

Monday: 3.3/4,438,000
Tuesday: 3.3/4,572,000
Wednesday: 3.5/4,930,000
Thursday: 3.1/4,237,000
Friday: 3.2/4,458,000


For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through May 8, 2011

1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.2
3. GH 2.1
4. DAYS 2.0
5. OLTL 1.9
5. AMC 1.9

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.7
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. B&B 1.0
4. OLTL 1.0
6. AMC 0.9

Ratings Archive

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    Why 'One Life' May Put Longest Running Soap in Permanent 'Hospital' Stay

    ( — As of this writing, ratings for the week of May 2-6, 2011 have not been released to us by Nielsen Media Research. With that in mind, based on the latest information we have (week of April 25-29, 2011), "One Life to Live" has surpassed "General Hospital" as ABC's most watched daytime drama series for the second consecutive week. For fans of the canceled drama series, unfortunately that isn't entirely good news.

    No one expects ABC to miraculously change its mind after making the devastating announcement that it has opted to cancel "One Life" and "All My Children" in favor of programming that costs 30-40% less than a scripted daily serial, but a consistent "One Life to Live" only spells doom for daytime's longest running current soap opera, "General Hospital." How is that possible you ask? Simple mathematics.

    Should "One Life to Live" continue to outperform "General Hospital" in total viewers and rank at or higher than "GH" in the Women 18-49 (which is the demographic advertising dollars are sold under for daytime programs) for a prolonged period of time, ABC will have the opportunity it needs to justify canceling 48-year-old "GH" in favor of a rumored Katie Couric hosted talk show. This is despite insider claims that Couric's new show with ABC (should she not reach an agreement with CBS before their 30-day bargaining window expires in June) would air in syndication. As we already know, an ABC representative had told us numerous times that programming under development at its ABC Media Productions division did not mean any potential series would air on the ABC Television Network. ABC Media Productions falls under the guidance of Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group and the division is expected to distribute the Couric talker in the fall of 2012 should a deal be hashed out with ABC instead of CBS.

    ABC Media Productions History With ABC
    (as published by Soap Opera Network in February 2011)

    The Facts

    In 2009 and again in 2010, news broke that ABC Media Productions (previously known as Buena Vista Television) was developing talk shows and reality programming for corporate parent Disney/ABC Television Group. ABC Media Productions, ABC Daytime and soon-to-depart SOAPnet are all overseen by Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group. The production company has produced "Southern Belles: Louisville" and "HoliDate" for SOAPnet, along with oversight of game show "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?" which airs in national syndication.

    In a November 2010 report, Los Angeles Times reporter Joe Flint published an article announcing that the production company had found the right man to co-host a daily talk show alongside Tori Spelling ("Beverly Hills, 90210"). That man was Jeff Lewis ("Flipping Out"). "In the test pilot show with Spelling last week, the two had good chemistry. The show, which is still in the development stage, wants to be a talk show version of 'Will & Grace,'" the report said at the time. When news initially broke, speculation went wild that ABC would be canceling one or more of its soaps this season and would replace them with this show, which has since gone nowhere beyond the initial pilot filmed in November. This same scenario played out in the Summer of 2009 when ABC Media Productions was developing a talk show for Aisha Tyler, but the key factor is whether or not these shows the company is developing are even targeted for the ABC Television Network itself. The production company after all has produced numerous hours of original programming for non-Disney cable networks including SyFy, TLC and TruTV. Last summer the company announced they were developing a half-hour reality show called "Ghost Town" and featuring well-known psychic Maureen Hancock as she goes "coast to coast calling up the past, seeing the future, and contacting spirits." That potential series was to be produced by "Ghost Whisperer" executive producers Kim Moses and Ian Sander. Nothing's been heard about the project since.

    Ultimately any decision on "GH's" future will remain on how much money ABC receives from advertisers, specifically one's they receive during the 2011-2012 television season. The more ABC makes, the longer the show remains – the less it makes or the less profit the network receives, the more they will feel inclined to make a change.

    For a breakdown of "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" ratings over the course of the last two weeks, see below.
    (Please note that decisions on the fate of a daytime series does not rest on two weeks of data, but that of a long term trend.

    For the Week of April 25-29, 2011

    Total Viewers
    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    3. OLTL 2,544,000 (-218,000/+233,000)
    4. GH 2,524,000 (-23,000/-172,000)

    Note: OLTL beat GH by 20,000 viewers and continued to gain viewers vs its year-ago performance. GH remained on the negative side.

    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    3. GH 1.9/6 (same/same)
    3. OLTL 1.9/6 (-.1/+.2)

    Women 18-49 Viewers
    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    2. GH 676,000 (-37,000/-169,000) <—- new low
    4. OLTL 625,000 (-65,000/-36,000)

    Note: OLTL lost the least amount viewers in this demographic year-to-year compared to GH. Meanwhile, GH lost the least week-to-week (Week of April 25, 2011 vs Week of April 18, 2011) although it did hit a new record low in Women 18-49 viewers

    Women 18-49 Rating
    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    2. GH 1.0/6 (-.1/-.3) <—- ties low
    4. OLTL 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1)

    Note: GH beat OLTL by 0.1 in Women 18-49, but lost the most points year-to-year while OLTL was down by a minimal amount.

    Girls 12-17 Viewers
    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    2. OLTL 31,000 (+13,000/+13,000)
    3. GH 30,000 (+13,000/-17,000)

    Women 18-34 Rating
    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    2. OLTL 0.6/4 (same/-.1)
    2. DAYS 0.6/4 (same/-.3)
    4. GH 0.5/4 (-.1/-.4) <—- new low *

    Men 18+
    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    4. OLTL 488,000 (-77,000/+42,000)
    6. GH 448,000 (-25,000/-106,000)

    Note: The one category that OLTL consistently beats GH in. Clearly showing signs that men do watch the soaps, although no where near the number watched by women.

    For the Week of April 18-22, 2011

    Total Viewers
    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    3. OLTL 2,762,000 (+263,000/+507,000)
    4. GH 2,547,000 (+10,000/-61,000)

    Note: OLTL beat GH by more than 200,000 viewers and was up by a whopping 500,000 viewers year to year.

    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    2. OLTL 2.0/6 (+.1/+.3) *
    4. GH 1.9/6 (same/same)

    Note: OLTL ranked second (including ties) for the first time since May 23-27, 2005.

    Women 18-49 Viewers
    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    2. GH 713,000 (-58,000/-133,000)
    3. OLTL 690,000 (+22,000/+62,000)

    Note: GH beat OLTL by just 23,000 Women 18-49 viewers. Once again, OLTL remained on the plus side while GH remained in the negative.

    Women 18-49 Rating
    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    2. GH 1.1/7 (-.1/-.2)
    3. OLTL 1.0/7 (same/same)

    Girls 12-17 Viewers
    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    3. OLTL 18,000 (-2,000/-6,000)
    4. GH 17,000 (+5,000/-24,000)

    Women 18-34 Rating
    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    2. GH 0.6/4 (-.2/-.3) <—- ties low
    2. OLTL 0.6/4 (-.1/same)

    Note: Both soaps tied in Women 18-34, but GH lost the most year-to-year and week-to-week. The series also tied its record low.

    Men 18+
    (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

    3. OLTL 565,000 (+124,000/+176,000)
    6. GH 473,000 (+58,000/-2,000)

    Note: The one category that OLTL consistently beats GH in. Clearly showing signs that men do watch the soaps, although no where near the number watched by women.

    • One Life to Live
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    • Brian Frons
    • Katie Couric

      AMC Alerts: Week of May 16 Edition

      ( — “All My Children” DVR Alerts for the Week of May 16, 2011.


      • Monday: Asher is severely injured. Caleb thanks JR for being there for him. Griffin contemplates killing Ricky.
      • Tuesday: Erica’s captor takes things to a new level. Jackson confesses to kissing Krystal. Ricky proposes to Kendall.
      • Wednesday: Erica’s family and friends are among Erica’s captor, but do they know it. Kendall works to get Ricky to open up to her. Greenlee brings Emma to the hospital to see her sister.
      • Thursday: Opal confronts Erica’s captor, but does she know who it really is? Greenlee agrees to give Scott a loan. Caleb agrees to let Asher stay at Wildwind.
      • Friday: Ricky gets a bit annoyed with Kendall. Griffin finds footage proving Ricky had a close relationship with Diana. Ryan, Madison, Greenlee and Scott deal with a loss.
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        OLTL Alerts: Week of May 16 Edition

        OLTL Alerts: Week of May 16 Edition

        ( — "One Life to Live" DVR Alerts for the Week of May 16, 2011.


        • Monday: Marty runs into trouble when she tries to escape. Todd attempts to get Tomas to confess to shooting him. Matthew asks Destiny why she has been distant from him lately.
        • Tuesday: Ford learns his ex-wife has become a man. Rama and Cristian get closer. Cutter tries to get through to Tess.
        • Wednesday: Brody and John come across a dead body. Clint offers a reward for Liam's safe return. Dani catches Matthew and Destiny locking lips.
        • Thursday: Nate takes issue with Matthew for letting him take the fall for Eddie's murder. John and Brody search for Marty. Destiny pleads with Dani to keep her mouth shut.
        • Friday: Wes decides not to expose Marty. Clint tells Blanca he murdered Eddie Ford. Blanca tells Rex that Clint admitting to switching the DNA results.
        • One Life to Live
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          GH Alerts: Week of May 16 Edition

          ( — “General Hospital” DVR Alerts for the Week of May 16, 2011.


          • Monday: Sonny and Dante work to overcome Suzanne and get Brenda’s real son back. Jason vows never to make the mistake of giving up a child again. Sam confides in Alexis of her doubts on being a mother.
          • Tuesday: Brenda confronts Suzanne about her treachery. Carly threatens Jax with a dirty battle over Josslyn’s custody. Lisa continues to lay groundwork for her next attack on Patrick and Robin.
          • Wednesday: Ethan discovers that Kristina has been taking an addictive drug, courtesy of Lisa. Lucky almost succumbs to his pill addiction. Jason warns Michael to back off searching for the hit woman who framed Abby.
          • Thursday: Robin hears a noise in the basement and goes to investigate. Jax and Carly argue over Josslyn’s safety in the hands of Carly and the mob. Alexis hopes Sam and Jason will decide not to have a child.
          • Friday: Lisa locks Robin in the basement with a leaking gas heater. Sonny and Brenda have a heart to heart about the risks of being with him. Brenda thanks Carly for saving her son.
          • General Hospital
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            Y&R Recap: Wednesday, May 11, 2011

            Y&R Recap: Wednesday, May 11, 2011

            ( — "The Young and the Restless" Episode Recap – Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

            IT HAPPENED TODAY…

            While Diane lurked outside the bedroom door, Victor and Nikki basked in their latest romp with one another. Victor expressed how he wasn't going to let her go; while outside, Diane declared that she wasn't about to lose everything she worked hard in getting.

            Tucker surprised Ashley with the elegantly decorated location of their wedding. She gushed how much she loved it and loved him for doing everything that she's dreamt of for the wedding. When Tucker wanted to practice their wedding, she told him that she had to head home to get things ready for Traci's arrival. When she left, he made a phone call, asking the person on the other line to come see him.

            Nick shared his disgust with Victoria and Billy about the newspapers dropping the news that Sharon committed suicide. Minutes later Jack arrived and broke the news that despite Michael stepping down from representing Phyllis in fighting for Lucy, she has another lawyer and will be going forward as planned. Nick asked if there was anything Jack could do to talk her out of it. Jack commented that he and Phyllis broke up. Rattled by the news, Victoria departed for upstairs and Billy soon followed, leaving Jack and Nick alone. Nick told Jack how sorry he was that Phyllis and he broke up. Jack didn't waste time letting Nick know that he was aware of what happened between the two of them in St. Barts.

            Phyllis told Daniel that even though Michael won't be representing her in getting Lucy, she had called Leslie to take the case. When Daniel failed to pay attention to what she said, she asked what was going on. Daniel told her that he and Abby broke up. Although she mustered up some sympathy, she made the comment that it would have been awkward anyway with Abby being Victoria's sister. Phyllis again stressed how she wanted Daniel to focus his attentions on getting Lucy back.

            Abby showed up at the Abbott home, still hungover and upset about the events between both Daniel and her mother. When Traci appeared, she quickly embraced her aunt, telling her the latest that was going wrong in her life. Traci upset Abby, however, when she pointed out that she could tell that she was spiraling out of control. Abby completed disagreed with her and told her that Ashley was making a huge mistake marrying a manipulator like Tucker. She continued to trash talk about him, unaware that Ashley was listening in. Furious, Ashley ordered Abby to stop talking. Things took a nasty turn, however, when Abby learned that Jack wanted to sell the Newman shares she gave him to Tucker. Feeling used by everyone, Abby stormed off, leaving Traci heartbroken at what was happening to her family and Ashley at the end of her rope.

            Katherine showed up to see Tucker, as requested. Thinking that he called her regarding business, Katherine was surprised when he asked her to be there at the wedding. She soon accepts but becomes annoyed and fed up when Tucker once again, started to talk on how the two of them could work together to get the rest of the Newman stock. She cuts him off and huffed off.

            After leaving Victor's slightly shaken by what happened between them, Nikki told him that she had to go.As she found her way toward Katherine, she admitted that she was still in love with Victor. Meanwhile, Diane returned home and not letting on to Victor on what she saw, she asked how he was doing. Victor didn't mince words with her and told her that he felt that the marriage was a mistake. He wanted to get the marriage annulled as soon as possible, and stated he would still make sure that Kyle was provided for. Diane asked Victor if it had anything to do with Nikki.

            Nick met with Phyllis and asked her why she was going after Billy and Victoria's daughter. Phyllis told him that it was none of his business. He told her that she had no right to take Lucy away from caring parents. She pointed out that things were the same way for him at some point when Adam took Faith from him, giving the baby to Ashley. He argued it wasn't the same thing. Daniel, who was inside of the coffee house, overheard the conversation, and when Nick left, he pointed out to Phyllis how it was the reason why he wanted to keep Lucy's being in Genoa City a secret. Blowing it off as nothing, Phyllis moved on with her plan by stating they needed to find Daisy.

            Diane told Victor that even though she knew he has deep feelings for Nikki, she won't keep him from having what he wanted, as long as she had what she wanted. Victor told her that he was going to do some horseback riding and left her alone. She whipped out her cell phone and stared at the picture she took and in a fit of anger, threw down a plate, asking herself how she was going to get out of the mess she was in.

            Tucker brought some of the Abbott family together to make a toast on how at the time he came to Genoa City, he wasn't looking for family, but now that he has it, he wants to celebrate in it. While everyone toasted Ashley and Tucker, Abby, who was drunk at the wedding location, began destroying everything that was set up.

            On the Next The Young and the Restless…

            • Nikki headed back to A.A..
            • Katherine has harsh words for Jack regarding his duplicity.
            • Victor told Nick that he was dumping Diane.
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              Source Interlink

              ( — While “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” were receiving worldwide attention after it was announced that ABC had decided be cancel both series on the afternoon of what is now known as Black Thursday (April 14), magazine publisher Source Interlink quietly made noise of its own that very morning when it announced it would be laying off more than half of its employees working on popular magazines Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly. Now comes word that the company, which handed over editorial, advertising, marketing and distribution control of the magazine’s to American Media, which runs such rags as The National Enquirer, has officially laid off the affected individuals.

              In announcing the deal last month, David J. Pecker, Chairman, President and CEO of American Media, Inc. (AMI) said, “This agreement is ideal for American Media as both soap opera titles fit strategically into our entertainment group, which includes Star, National Enquirer, Country Weekly and TV Guide, reaching an audience of 37 million people. Advertising clients will benefit immensely as we will now deliver the most efficient ad buy in the celebrity category for consumers.”

              “This transaction will allow our media company to focus on the continued growth and investment in our core enthusiast brands, while positioning our sales and services company, to focus on its long-term vision of fully capitalizing on the vertical integration of our wholesale magazine distribution assets,” noted Michael L. Sullivan, President & CEO, Source Interlink Companies. “American Media understands and values our history and commitment to the entertainment category, through our soap titles. Given the synergies in their demographic audience, this license agreement will allow AMI to support these titles moving forward where they will continue to provide an exciting and relevant product for our dedicated consumers. We are pleased to have identified the right partner and are confident that our soap titles are in good hands.”

              While there is no word yet on who the magazines were forced to lay off, Soap Opera Network has learned that the announcement was made earlier this week. Just another sign that the economy is a bust. We wish those affected good luck in all their future endeavors.

              ABC Soap Fans Get Their Time With Hollywood Reporter Advertisement

              ( — You may have heard that ABC Daytime's soap opera fans recently purchased an advertisement in The Hollywood Reporter and that said fans are planning to protest outside of Lincoln Center on Tuesday, May 17 as ABC unveils its new schedule for the 2011-2012 television season to press outlets and advertisers, but I bet you didn't know that said fans received a better gift than they probably ever expected from their efforts.

              Earlier tonight Soap Opera Network received an advanced copy of the magazine set to hit newsstands on Friday, May 13 with an issue date of Friday, May 20. The magazine, which features the cast of "Glee" on its cover, placed the now infamous soap fan paid advertisement on page 15 out of more than 60 pages. All we can say is congratulations soap fans, we never expected the ad to receieve such high placement beyond recognition somewhere within the magazine. Hope your efforts give you more positive results soon.

              To view the actual ad, click here.

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                GH Video Sneak Peek: Thursday, May 12, 2011

                GH Video Sneak Peek: Thursday, May 12, 2011

                ( — Here’s a glimpse at tomorrow’s Port Charles drama with a sneak peek of the first few minutes of Thursday’s episode of “General Hospital,” courtesy of

                Jason brings Sam home from the hospital. Carly and Jax reconnect. And Sonny gets a lead on Suzanne’s whereabouts.


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                  AMC Video Sneak Peek: Thursday, May 12, 2011

                  ( — Here’s a glimpse at tomorrow’s Pine Valley drama with a sneak peek of the first few minutes of Thursday’s episode of “All My Children,” courtesy of

                  Erica tries to phone home for help. Bianca is concerned after talking to Spike. And Jackson and Krystal get up close and personal.

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