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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After 41 years on television (41 on ABC and 11 on ABC and SOAPnet), “All My Children” has closed its final chapter in broadcast television history with an ending that may please many or anger a lot, but its ending did one thing that was impossible for a soap to accomplish just a few short years ago – tracking the reactions of viewers as it came to a close.

Thanks to the power of social networking service Twitter, “All My Children” and Erica Kane (portrayed by Susan Lucci) found themselves both trending across the United States shortly after the last episode of the drama series aired today on the ABC Television Network for the final time. Also trending was the word “Erica” in some cities across the country.

For a soap opera that was deemed irrelevant by its network after research data found daytime viewers wanted more talk shows, the end of the drama series and its connection to relevant aspects of everyday life such as Twitter only shows that research can be miscalculated and misleading. All it takes is some time and effort and something old can become new again. A good example of this is Ford, which discontinued its flagship Taurus brand a few short years ago due to lack of sales only to re-design the product and find sales as good as ever.

What follows are just a few examples of the cities across the United States that were talking about the soap after its final scene aired:

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  • http://twitter.com/bratkat55 Kat Lee

    Will miss All my children and Erica,  The afternoon program execs on ABC are going to have some Relevent explaining to do.  No one asked me if I wanted another fooooood show.  Like I need another whole in my head.  We have morning food shows, channels dedicated to food shows.  I’m tired of food shows and as a relevant audience member I will not be watching their irrelevant food show or any other show they are replacing AMC or OLTL.  Katie you would be wise to pay attention to the fans.  You are not going to make it in these time slots.  To much anger over how ABC has handled this whole situation.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.m.shumway David Mark Shumway

    I may watch the Chew for mindless viewing when I am home, but I won’t DVR it or any other talk show.  I was a loyal viewer of AMC since Nov. 1980.  I will watch AMC when it goes on the net.  The way the networks keep moving shows around, it’s no wonder viewership is down.  If you like a show, it moves to another night and time.  And then of course, there s BREAKING NEWS, which usually could wait until the regular news, or just have a scrolling byline.

  • http://twitter.com/Catssunchip julie garten

    I was really upset and just can not understand how you can replace a 41 year old soap opera with a food show and slightly overweight people .I have been watching A.M.C for 30 years.It is one of the best daytime programs I have seen.Before they deleted A.M.C. they could of tryed changing the time it airs,and see how many people followed it.I think A.B.C. made  bad mistake it will cost them alot of viewers.

  • http://twitter.com/Catssunchip julie garten

    I was really upset and just can not understand how you can replace a 41 year old soap opera with a food show and slightly overweight people .I have been watching A.M.C for 30 years.It is one of the best daytime programs I have seen.Before they deleted A.M.C. they could of tryed changing the time it airs,and see how many people followed it.I think A.B.C. made  bad mistake it will cost them alot of viewers.

  • http://twitter.com/Catssunchip julie garten

    I was really upset and just can not understand how you can replace a 41 year old soap opera with a food show and slightly overweight people .I have been watching A.M.C for 30 years.It is one of the best daytime programs I have seen.Before they deleted A.M.C. they could of tryed changing the time it airs,and see how many people followed it.I think A.B.C. made  bad mistake it will cost them alot of viewers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dorothy-D-Brown/1386231021 Dorothy D Brown

    I think Abc is very remiss in what they did canceling the afternoon soaps.  There are some people who are only home to view these shows during the afternoon. Others could dvr it and enjoy it when they got home.  I don’t know who they interviewed to get their study complete, but I guarantee it was not me or many other viewers.  Why would people support another food show or reality show.  It is a trend and I am sorry but ABC this is gonna come back and haunt you in the end. Right now, The Chew is new, so you are going to garner interest, but in the end those who want to watch food shows will go back to the Food Network.  You need to rethink the mistakes you are making.