‘GH’ Set to Switch Time Slots

    on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 @ 4:38 PM
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    Some major news is in the works regarding ABC’s sudser, “:” The soap opera is switching time slots!

    An ABC rep confirms that in some markets, “GH” will be moving back to the original 3PM ET/2PM PT position it held for 25 years before it was moved to 2PM ET/1PM PT in 2012.

    An official announcement with more details should be released soon.

    • http://unknown.com Bexx

      Aren’t ratings better in the current time slot?

    • missmeka1987

      Fine with me..

    • Andrew Hass

      It says some markets will be switching GH back to it’s old time slot.So it could be some affiliates who are doing it.This could help GH in the ratings because in those cities they did better in their old time slot.

    • nyvoter

      What I have heard, at least here at ABC.NY, they want a “strong” show leading into their 4:00 PM ABC News, so that is why they are switching GH to 3:00 p.m. I do not think it will make much of a difference in ratings, but maybe some of the preemptions they are getting at 2:00 p.m. may subside … I hope so, the show is prempted at least in part every other week.

      • David

        So in the markets that move GH to 3pm will they move The Chew to 2pm and put whatever syndicated show they have at 1pm or will they air The Chew at 1pm the syndicated show at 2pm and GH at 3pm

    • denverdean

      It’s because Katie is gone in several of those markets. I’m really glad this is happeningThe reality is that ABC gave that time slot back to affiliates so they can program what they want. Those that switch GH there will stick a syndicated program elsewhere in their line-up because they still own “the hour.”

    • David

      It seemed like the ratings were better in the new slot so not sure moving it back to the old slot is such a good idea. So based on this does this mean in some markets that they will air The Chew then a syndicated show then GH? Really seems like a strange move to me.

    • MattArmando

      For Everyone: It’s only moving to its previous slot in FEW MARKETS.

      As of right now, the only markets where it’s moving back is in Los Angeles & New York City.. which therefore removes it from competing with DAYS in LA & NYC.

      • David

        Actually it said some markets and the press release has not yet indicated which markets it will be. Details to come!

        • MattArmando

          Carolyn Hinsey & Michael Logan revealed on Twitter that GH will move back to 3:00 in both LA & NYC, in order to give local news proper lead-ins… We’ll see

        • Andrew Hass

          I agree that this could benefit both shows a little because they won’t be competing in big markets like NY and LA.

      • sands of time

        Sounds like good news for GH AND DAYS!!!

      • trudy blum

        In NYC, Days comes on now at 1pm, it does not compete with GH, I watch Days before GH comes on ever since All My Children was cancelled.,

    • TV&MovieBuff

      I think GH was helped by the strong combination of The Chew followed by GH. GH has done better in the ratings from day one of the time change. I know it says only in some affiliates or markets. It will be interesting to see what if any effect this has on GH.

      • Andrew Hass

        Now it could be interesting to see what those markets and affiliates put in front of GH.Maybe they’ll move The Chew to the 2pm eastern time slot.Plus lately Obama has been doing press conferences during GH.So this could keep GH from being interrupted so much in those markets.Plus i do think it’s also interesting that this possibly happening in 2 big markets like NYC and LA.

      • David

        I would think in the markets they move GH they would move The Chew to 2pm I guess when more details come out we will find out

      • let the numbers speak

        Nonsense. The Chew is significantly weaker than GENERAL HOSPITAL on all fronts and always was. Also, GH’s ratings didn’t get better “from day one of the time change”. They actually got even worse for many months and started climbing only in fall 2012 after the changes implemented by the new head writer paid off. And they continue to do so till today, giving GH the best season in six years!!

        • TV&MovieBuff

          Do you not realize that the time change was in the Fall of 2012. They moved to the new time slot on September 10, 2012.

          The week before GH moved into it’s new timeslot the show lost 100,000 viewers. The first week of the new time slot, September 10, 2012, they began to recover only losing 33,000 that week — and grew each day with Friday being the biggest day that week. The next week they were up by 50,000 viewers with 4 of the 5 days all being over 2.5 million viewers.

          • JayTN

            Facts are stubborn things! 😉

    • JayTN

      As others have said, keep in perspective that this move is only for “some markets”. I do not know what specific markets this move applies to, but it most likely applies to those markets where ABC owns the local affiliate (referred to as “O&O’s” or Owned & Operated stations). Whether the rest of the nation follows suit will depend on whether or not ABC can get them to return the 3PM (or GH’s corresponding timeslot) to the network, which it ceded to the affiliates in 2012 to entice them to pick up the soon-to-be-defunct talker “Katie”. ABC should have inserted language into the “Katie” contract (since it was produced by Disney) that the 3PM slot reverts back to the network when or if “Katie” is canceled.

      The big question is what effect, if any, this will have on the ratings. If nothing else, it provides Nielsen with another headache…trying to decipher GH’s ratings when it airs at different times across the country.