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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “” and “” are both fighting for a spot on the fall 2012-2013 schedule on ABC Daytime, although neither appear to be making a solid case for themselves.

During the week of March 19-23, 2012, “” was down in numerous key categories year-to-year and hit or tied new series lows in Women 18-49 rating (tied its series low with a 0.8), Women 18-34 (new series low with a 0.3). The remaining daytime soap on ABC was down by a mere 1,000 viewers from its performance the week prior (week of March 12-16, 2012), but the show has hemorrhaged a massive 622,000 viewers compared to its performance on the year-ago (week of March 21-25, 2011). “GH’s” most recent performance is a far cry from its comparable week last year when the soap was on the rise, which helped secure its future just before the network announced it was canceling “” and “.”

After hitting a series low during the week of March 12-16, 2012, “The Revolution was primed and ready for another series low during the week of March 19-23, 2012, according to figures released Thursday by , Editor in Chief of .

“One Life to Live,” which last aired on Friday, January 13 of this year, had more than a one million total viewer advantage over “Revolution” and performed 46-60% higher in the key sales demographics including Women 18-49 and Women 18-34 on the comparable week last year (week of March 21-25, 2011). “Revolution” averaged  just 1.32 million viewers compared to “One Life’s” performance the year before when the ABC soap had a total average audience of 2.51 million viewers. On the year-ago in Women 18-49, “One Life” held a 0.9/6 rating compared to the 0.5/3 “Revolution” received (difference of 44%) and in Women 25-54 “One Life” had a 1.3/8 rating compared to “Revolution’s” 0.7/2 (difference of 47%). The “It’s About You” talker barely rated in Women 18-34 with its 0.2/2, which was a difference of 60% from “One Life’s” performance the year before when the soap hit a 0.5/4 rating. Note: “One Life to Live” began its upward swing in all categories beginning with the week of March 14-18, 2011 (the trend continued until its series finale earlier this year).

Ratings Comparison per TV Media Insights:

  • One Life to Live – Week of 3/21/11
    Viewers: 2.51 million, Women 25-54: 1.3/ 8, Women 18-49: 0.9/ 6, Women 18-34: 0.5/ 4
  • The Revolution – Week of 3/19/12
    Viewers: 1.32 million, Women 25-54: 0.7/ 4, Women 18-49: 0.5/ 3, Women 18-34: 0.2/ 2

Percent Change – The Revolution vs. One Life to Live
Viewers: -47, Women 25-54: -46, Women 18-49: -44, Women 18-34: -60

If “Revolution” wasn’t problem enough for ABC, “” has returned to performing below “All My Children” in key ratings categories. Note: “” was in reruns.

For a look at how daytime talk shows performed during the week of March 19-23, 2012 head on over to TV Media Insights. For a look at how daytime soap operas performed, click here.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z23M2JZL33JQK4PZX2MCI3VACY Andrea

    I don’t understand why OLTL isn’t back on the schedule yet. It was ABC’s best, most watched soap! They know OLTL is better than GH or they never would have imported OLTL’s  HW, EP and characters to GH. When Jessica Buchanan had kidney disease, they didn’t rip out her heart, replace it with a tomato, and try to insert the heart into the kidney. Why don’t they just admit they messed up and bring back OLTL?

  • MorkandMindy

    I’m sorry I dont buy the Revolution being the reason GH ratings are so low.  GH has been on a downward spiral starting last fall and it had OLTL as a lead in.  What was the excuse then? Yes, the Revolution should be canceled but I’m not going to say it is the reason GH is hitting ratings lows.  GH has been on the air for almost 50 years, did all those fans forget what time and what channel GH comes on – doubt it.  I put the blame on GH and only GH and TPTB that have waited too long to try and fix the show. If GH is canceled it will be because the folks in charge sat around for 10 years while the show was ran into the ground.

    • MELISSAHORTON84

      lol…You sound like the poster “ClassicTVfan” who had a “Charlies Angels” avatar and who used to rant like a mad woman on the “TVbythenumbers” website. She’d often post about how she hated the soaps and how she and her old auntie now watched The Chew…yada yada yada…so obnoxious!

      • MorkandMindy

        Sorry not her (although I know who you are talking about), I dont hate the soaps nor do I watch the Chew.  I just dont blame the Revolution for the tanking of GHs ratings which as I stated has been going on for months, long before the replacement show hit the air (I dont watch that show either btw).  If that makes me obnoxious – so be it. 

  • mysticalkeith777

    IF YOU NOTICE GH RATINGS HAVE GONE DOWN THIS WEEK COMPARED TO LAST WEEK HAS ANYONE REALIZED THAT OLTL ACTORS /MANNINGS HAD NO STORYLINE THIS WEEK? LETS FACE IT GH WILL NOT SURVIVE ON ITS OWN SO IF ABC IS NOT GOING TO RETURN ALL SOAPS WHY NOT TRY SOMETHING NEW WHY NOT HAVE OLTL GUEST STAR ROLES WITH  A STORYLINE FOCUSED ON THEM/EXAMPLE TODD BUYS PORT CHARELS NEWS PAPER AND NEEDS TO CALL ON HIS SIS VICKI TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN/WHAT KIND OF GHOST COULD BE HIDING IN PORT CHARLES THAT VICKY/NICKI HAS TO FACE COULD THERE BE ANOTHER LOST CHILD OF NICKY SMITHS ? OR COULD SHE HELP TODD UNCOVER SOME HIDDEN SECRETS OF PORT CHARELS OR WHAT ABOUT A GUEST STAR ROLE FOR NATALIE VISITING JOHN/ OR JESS/TESS HAS HER OWN PAST IN PORT CHARLES IF YOUR NOT GOING TO BRING BACK THE SOAPS ADD A HALF HOUR TO THE TIME SLOT AMC/OLT/GH A TALE OF THREE CITIES

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1419575762 Sherry Hughes

    Hey we all tried to tell ABC that they were messing up. Would they listen NO!!!! I they had any business sense they would bring back All My Children and One Life to Live and admit they messed up and I am sure the viewers would forgive and come back. I do not even turn abc on my t.v. at all anymore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1240050485 Tracy Schmidt

    I WANT AMC BACK AND OLTL!!!! HATE THE CHEW AND WHO CARES ABOUT THE SHOW AFTER THAT! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/JoAnn-Barnes-Slocum/1719272441 JoAnn Barnes-Slocum

      For crying out loud…. just bring our soaps back ABC/Disney!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1240050485 Tracy Schmidt

    LOVE GH! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Andrew-Brown/100000532361228 Richard Andrew Brown

    GH ratings are down because it skews younger and most of the young people watch it on dvr(which isn”t counted in these numbers) online(also isn”t counted) which makes it appear as if it is down in the ratings.  Until these alternative viewing habits are counted it will continue to appear as if it is going down in viewers which simply isnt the case.

  • tinafg

    What does The Revolting have to do with General Hospital?  I tape nothing until 3:00 PM when my GH comes on!!  General Hospital fans will watch no matter what crap ABC/Disney is trying to ram down our throats.  C’mon shareholders!!!!  Where are you???????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LB45XA2PN3OKKQSUYRYD7CVT2I Anne

    The Revolution should be cancelled.  One Life to Live should be back on the air.  General Hospital’s ratings are not as low as The Revolution’s.  Fans are leaving the replacement shows, and this is affecting everything else that follows.  Right through Primetime.   ABC/Disney shot themselves in the foot, and now they are bleeding out.  Katie Couric, if I were you I would rethink a career move to this loser network. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edna-Jackson-Barefoot/100001583833964 Edna Jackson Barefoot

    The one thing ABC needs to do is show the world that they have a heart. They took 2 soaps , OLTL & AMC, That had millions of followers & threw them away like old dish rags. They said we the fans were no different than idiots that could be trained to watch whatever they put on. Well we are still here & are not trained because we are not watching not only the crap you put on in our soaps place but the rest of your programs except GH. What does that say about the trainers? HA!HA! Bring back our soaps & all will be back to norman. If not the fight continues. Its abc’s choice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carla-Carter/1014260057 Carla Carter

    save GH

  • Gbmiller4

    I quit watching TV in September except for OLTL. And since that was taken off I DO NOT watch any TV anymore. I hate ABC they broke my heart…..And I will never forgive them, these weren’t shows that were on for a few years…..These were shows that were apart of my everyday life , since 1972……I hope ABC loses a hell of a lot of money for their stupid choice they made by canceling two of the best shows they ever had….. And as for GH I stopped watching when they took of Luke and Laura….Another stupid move on ABC’s part…..So sad here in Indiana….

  • Tankchev

    please bring amc and oltl back or at least one of them back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This is unbelievable i what adult shows i’m tired of disney type shows.  disney already has its own channel and abc has a kids based family channel.  also i’m tired of csi’s, law and order’s, cooking shows, talk shows, reality shows (the bachelor prime times whore show).  i repeat kindly bring back amc and oltl. 

    ps remember the million dolar movie and game show like whats my line, password, the gong show and SOAPS.
         when something is really good don’t mess with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!