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

Kambra Clifford, West Coast Editor
Monday, December 15, 2008 12:11 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

 ( — The economy is a bust and we’re in a recession. Advertisers are pulling ad dollars from network television and have instead decided to spend less and fire thousands. With daytime’s audience trending down for more than a decade, 2008 will forever be remembered as the year the daypart finally received its reality check.

So, instead of bringing you a what’s up and what’s down ratings report, we at Soap Opera Network have decided to launch a new feature where we pit soap against soap in the Nielsen Ratings. No, not who is doing better on a week to week basis, but who is the best-of-the-best, only day-by-day.

Without further adieu…

What remains the strory of the year is how low CBS’ “Guiding Light” can fall as it fights to survive and retain its title as broadcasting’s longest running program. With numbers so low (a 1.4 HH rating on Thursday), it would make “Port Charles” look like a ratings winner. Sadly, “Port Charles” was cancelled in 2003 with higher ratings than this despite airing in the wee-hours of the night. While NBC’s “Days of our Lives” loses 40% of its budget in the upcoming year and a loss of its two stars (Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn), three out of its five weekly episodes (Friday, Tuesday, and Monday) outranked every episode of ABC’s “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” The highest episode was its Friday broadcast with 2.9 million viewers. For the week, “DAYS” averaged 2.7 million viewers. “DAYS” is also the only soap to increase viewers year-over-year, gaining 120,000 viewers from the same point last year. “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” remain daytime’s most watched programs as they hold the 1-5 and 6-10 positions. “Restless,” however has lost the most audience year-over-year with a decline of 630,000 viewers. It’s Women 18-49 ranking, however, remains on par with its year-ago and up a point week-to-week.

After losing the most viewers collectively year-over-year in the early months of ’08, ABC has handed the title off to CBS (207,000 viewers vs 2.1 million  viewers). While the minor loss might not be so bad to one just seeing the numbers, it should  be noted that the network had already lost millions of viewers by mid-2007. More severe losses would have cost a show its cast and crew.

 Daytime Ratings:
Week of December 1, 2008
(in order of Households)

 Rank  Network Show
change vs last week/last year)
 Total Viewers
(in millions;
change vs last
week/last year)
Women 18-49
change vs last week/last year)
 1  CBS Y&R  3.6/13
 5,016,000 (-93,000/-630,000)  1.7/11
 2  CBS B&B  2.7/9
 3  ABC GH  2.2/7
 4  CBS ATWT  2.0/7
 2,694,000 (-121,000/-434,000)  1.1/7
 5  NBC DAYS 2.0/7
 2,736,000 (+5,000/+120,000)  (+.1/same)
 6  ABC OLTL  2.0/7
 7  ABC AMC  1.9/7
2,541,000 (-217,000/-49,000)  1.2/7
 8  CBS  GL  1.5/5
 2,011,000 (-181,000/-569,000)  0.9/5

Source: NTI Live+SD

 Soap Opera Episode Rankings:
Week of December 1, 2008
(in order of Total Viewers)

 Rank Network


 Total Viewers
(in millions/rounded)
 1  CBS  The Young and the Restless
 3.8  5,227 (5.2)  Tuesday
 2  CBS  The Young and the Restless  3.6  5,080 (5.1)  Thursday
3  CBS  The Young and the Restless  3.7 5,010 (5.0)  Friday
 4  CBS  The Young and the Restless  3.5  4,889 (4.9)  Monday
 5  CBS  The Young and the Restless 3.5  4,874 (4.9)  Wednesday
 6  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful
3,704 (3.7) Friday
 7  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful  2.6  3,602 (3.6) Thursday
 8  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful  2.6  3,593 (3.6)  Monday
 9  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful  2.6  3,563 (3.6) Tuesday
 10  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful  2.6 3.523 (3.5) Wednesday
11  ABC  General Hospital
 2.3 3,124 (3.1)
 12  ABC  General Hospital  2.3  3,035 (3.0) Monday
 13  NBC  Days of our Lives
2,880 (2.9)
 14  NBC  Days of our Lives 2.1  2,806 (2.8) Tuesday
 15 CBS
 As The World Turns  2.1 2,787 (2.8)
 16 ABC General Hospital 2.2 2,768 (2.8)   Friday
 17  CBS  As The World Turns 2.0 2,756 (2.8)  Monday
 17  ABC  General Hospital  2.2  2,756 (2.8)  Wednesday
 19  NBC  Days of our Lives 2.0 2,730 (2.7) Monday
 ABC  One Life to Live
 2.0 2,719 (2.7)
 21  ABC  All My Children
 2.1  2,714 (2.7)  Monday
 22  CBS  As The World Turns 2.0 2,711 (2.7) Tuesday
 23  ABC  All My Children  2.0  2,696 (2.7) Tuesday
 24  ABC  One Life to Live 2.0  2,687 (2.7) Friday
 25  CBS  As The World Turns  2.0 2,684 (2.7)  Thursday
 26  NBC  Days of our Lives  1.9  2,633 (2.6) Thursday
 27  NBC  Days of our Lives  1.9  2,630 (2.6) Wednesday
 28  ABC  One Life to Live  2.0 2,620 (2.6) Wednesday
 29  ABC  One Life to Live  2.0 2,602 (2.6)  Monday
 30  ABC  General Hospital  2.0 2,584 (2.6)  Thursday
 31  CBS  As The World Turns 2.0  2,533 (2.5) Thursday
 32  ABC  All My Children  1.9 2,494 (2.5) Wednesday
 33  ABC  One Life to Live  1.9 2,463 (2.5) Thursday
 34  ABC  All My Children  1.8 2,409 (2.4) Friday
 35  ABC  All My Children 1.9 2,393 (2.4) Thursday
 36  CBS  Guiding Light 1.5
2,147(2.1) Monday
 37  CBS  Guiding Light 1.5 2,091 (2.1)  Tuesday
 38  CBS  Guiding Light  1.5 2,024 (2.0)  Friday
 39  CBS  Guiding Light  1.4 1,997 (2.0) Wednesday
40  CBS  Guiding Light  1.4  1,839 (1.8)  Thursday
   Legend:  Most Watched Episode
   Least Watched Episode

Source: NTI Live+SD

For more ratings data:  Ratings for the week December 1-5, 2008

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“Days of our Lives” air Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Thursday, October 23, 2008 3:44 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — A wedding to remember begins and ends with a twist.

A Closer Look: The New Tracy and Edward

You know a show is recycling storylines when the Quartermaine family story arcs are being used to further Zacchara family drama.

  • Sonny and Anthony are coming to terms of a united organization, but Ric wants Sonny to leave Claudia out of any deal he makes with the elder Zacchara. Meanwhile, Jason becomes concerned over what might happen if Sonny were to marry Claudia. Claudia taunts Kate with her wedding prospects, but Olivia gets in Claudia’s face and later confronts Sonny.
  • Anthony appears to be having a stroke, and Claudia does nothing to help him. However, the good son, Johnny, can’t sit back any longer and let his father die.

The Inside Story: Robin and Patrick Getting Married

As the countdown begins for the nuptials of Robin Scorpio and Patrick Drake, friends and family gather together to make sure things go off with out a hitch, the only problem is you can’t control human nature.

  • Patrick makes himself scarce when Robin, Maxie and Spinelli begin working on wedding preparations. Later, he encounters Olivia, who helps him realize that he is finally getting everything he has always wanted by marrying Robin and raising a child with her. Maxie shows a rare side of herself when she explains to Spinelli why she will never get married. She then tries to persuade Jason to attend Robin’s wedding. Robin finds herself glowing in perfection on her picture perfect day. Anna and Robin share a mother-daughter moment.
  • Although it is his wedding day, Patrick makes it clear that he still wants to make his normal rounds at the hospital before heading to the church. Unfortunately for him, Anthony Zacchara is in need of medical attention. Robin’s family begin to fear the worst (that Patrick has fled town), when Spinelli notes that Patrick is no where to be found. Robin, however, is confident that her fiance will not be leaving her at the altar any time soon.

  • Patrick arrives just in the nick of time and the wedding ceremony begins, but a little water puts things on hold as Robin’s water breaks. Will the new family live happily ever after?

What To Watch

  • Lulu warns Lucky and Nikolas about Scott and Laura’s adventure.
  • Jason and Elizabeth share an idyllic moment during Robin and Patrick’s wedding.
  • Olivia challenges Sonny.
  • Scott tells Laura he is going to make it his mission that she will fall in love with him again when they head to Los Angeles, which is the site of their honeymoon back in the 1970′s.
  • Nikolas and Nadine admit their true feelings for each other.
  • Anthony won’t let Sonny take over the business unless Sonny marries Claudia.
  • Jason and Sam’s lives are in danger as Karpov makes a move against Sonny.


  • Monday: Luke is hot on the trail of Scott and Laura; Carly saves Sonny from a certain death; Sam leaves Jason with clues on what she’s been up to.
  • Tuesday: Luke and Laura are on a path of destruction; Robin worries about the babies health; Carly denies Sonny’s accusations.
  • Wednesday: Robin’s life is on the line; Sonny and Carly are unaware that Jax is watching their every move; Sam falls into Jerry’s clutches.
  • Thursday: Laura leaves Luke with a choice: “Tracy or me?”; Sonny makes it his mission to take down Karpov; Patrick’s prayers are answered.

  • Friday: Luke and Laura discuss their past and future; Sonny and Carly fight their temptations; Jerry reveals his devious — and deadly — plan to Sam.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Thursday, October 23, 2008 2:22 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — Alison Sweeney, who portrays Samantha Brady on NBC “Days of our Lives,” is on the hunt for the shows biggest fan for talk show “The Bonnie Hunt Show.”

Sweeney has teamed with the Warner Bros. distributed daily talk show to find “DAYS’” biggest fan. Said fan will serve a a special correspondent to the “Bonnie Hunt Show” during the “Days of Days” event at Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk on November 1. The event includes a Meet & Greet, Q&A and other activities with “Days of our Lives” cast members.

Those interested in participating are asked to tell the show in 100 words or less why you should be picked to interview all of your favorite “Days of our Lives” stars. You are to include a photo of yourself and, if interested, you will be able to upload a video. To Enter:

A winner will be selected by October 27.

Stars expected to attend(*) the “Days of Days” event include Kristian Alfonso, John Aniston, Blake Berris, Nadia Bjorlin, Darin Brooks, Molly Burnett, Shawn Christian, Bryan Dattilo, Kevin DObson, Mary Beth Evans, Galen Gering, Deidre Hall, Shelley Hennig, Leann Hunley, Drake Hogestyn, Jay Kenneth Johnson, Renee Jones, Lauren Koslow, Eric Martsolf, Joseph Mascolo, Peggy McCray, Rachel Melvin, Stephen Nichols, Thaao Penghlis, Terrell Ransom, Jr., Peter Reckell, James Reynolds, Suzanne Rogers, James Scott, Alison Sweeney, Arianne Zuker.

What: “Days of Days” Meet & Greet, Q&A with Cast Members

When: Saturday, November 1, 2008 | 10:00 AM

Where: CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood
1000 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Price: Free Admission

*subject to change

“The Bonnie Hunt Show” airs Weekdays in Syndication. Check local listings.

“Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


Thursday, August 28, 2008 11:12 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — New “All My Children” Head Writer, Charles Pratt Jr., shakes up canvas with a natural disaster hitting Pine Valley.

Just in time for the all important November sweeps period, ABC’s “All My Children” is looking to entice new viewers with a major tornado that will hit Pine Valley in October. Soap Opera Network can also confirm, as reported by TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco, that two major characters will die during the tornado and that there will be a number of guest appearances from past “All My Children” cast members.

A tornado last hit the fictional Pennsylvania town in 1994, when Julia Santos (Sydney Penny) received a scar after a chandelier fell on her during a party held at the Chandler mansion in honor of Adam (David Canary) and Gloria (Teresa Blake).

Stay tuned to Soap Opera Network as further storyline details become available.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

  • All My Children

    Wednesday, August 27, 2008 3:49 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — While CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” turned 35 years-old in March 2008, its 20th Anniversary on French television is a time to really celebrate.

    The show is heading to Paris, France in October to film on-location scenes for an upcoming storyline involving the likes of Nicholas Newman (Joshua Morrow), Sharon Abbott (Sharon Case), Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) and Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). No other actors will be attending, according to a spokeswoman for Sony Pictures Television, producers of the soap. While specific storyline information won’t be available for a number of weeks, the first couple of scenes are expected to begin airing during the all important November Sweeps period in the US. This will be the first time the show has ever filmed in France.

    Davidson’s inclusion is surprising as the actress and her character currently work for the worlds most watched daytime soap opera, “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Will Ashley finally find romance in the city of love?

    The location shoot precedes the shows upcoming 20th anniversary on French TV Network TF1, which began airing “The Young and the Restless,” aka: “Les Feux de l’Amour” in France, on August 16, 1989. The series debuted March 26, 1973 on CBS.

    On the Web: The Young and the Restless and Les Feux de l’Amour.

    “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on Check local listings.

    • The Young and the Restless

      Tuesday, August 26, 2008 7:24 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — The little girl that grew up on ABC’s “General Hospital” is not so little after all. In fact, she’s the toughest thing to hit ABC since “NYPD Blue.” Nathan Fillion (“One Life to Live”) is also jumping onto the police beat.

      Amber Tamblyn, 25, who portrayed Emily Bowen-Quartermaine on “GH” from 1995-2001, has found herself with an “Unusual” dramedy that the ABC Entertainment Division (that is primetime tv for us daytime folk) thinks is the next great procedural. The network has given a mid-season order to “The Unusuals,” which stars Tamblyn as Casey Shraeger, an NYPD vice detective posing as a Lincoln Tunnel hooker before being transferred to the homicide division. Casey quickly realizes that not only does everyone in her new department have a distinct sense of humor but everyone also has their own dirty little secret.

      The series also stars Jeremy Renner, Terry Kinney, Kai Lennox, Adam Goldberg, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Joshua Close and Harrold Perrineau.

      After leaving “General Hospital,” Tamblyn got a starring role in the short-lived CBS drama “Joan of Arcadia,” in which her character talked to god.

      ABC has also given the go-ahead to Nathan Fillion’s “Castle,” in which he plays Nick Castle. Nick is a handsome writer who seems to have it all – fame, fans, and females at his fingertips. When Nick kills off his premiere character in his popular book series, a “real-life” copycat killer starts taking scenarios from the books and staging murders in the “real world.”

      Molly Quinn, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Susan Sullivan, Stana Katic, and Monet Mazur also star.

      Fillion recently appeared in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” as Dana Delaney’s husband. “Housewives” is televisions most watched drama series.

      “Unusuals” is a production of Sony Pictures Television. “Castle” comes from ABC Studios, a division of the Walt Disney Company.

      • One Life to Live
      • General Hospital
      • Amber Tamblyn
      • Nathan Fillion

        Tuesday, August 26, 2008 6:32 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

        ( — In the 1980′s, ABC Daytime generated 3/4′s of the entire ABC networks revenue, making the lineup the most lucrative in all television. Since then ABC Daytime has become what fans call the “wicked step-child” of the ABC Television Network, a division of the Walt Disney Company. Now the network is showing some love to its most loyal and avid audience.

        Consisting of popular talk-show “The View” with Barbara Walters and her crew of co-hosts, soap operas “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live,” ABC Daytime is littered with fan complaints on how its executives do not care about the product they provide five-days a week.

        With ratings continuing to fall, stars exiting to stage left onto other networks, and promotional campaigns bashing one actresses abilities by touting the “real”ness of another, ABC has shown that they are not interested in growing their lineup the nice way. The network keeps stale writing teams (think “General Hospital”), re-hires a specimen of said writing team to another show (Charles Pratt Jr. to “All My Children”) or takes an eternity to re-tell stories long forgotten (Mendorra or the beginnings of the Buchanan’s on “One Life to Live”). But hey, why not promote the shows good or bad? After all, even during their heydays, these shows weren’t without their problems either behind-the-scenes or in front of the camera. No show is perfect!

        In the latest issue of TV Guide, ABC bought out all available ad spaces, a first for any company in the 55-year history of the weekly magazine. Advertisements not only included pages on the networks new and returning primetime shows, but there was enough room to tout morning news, daytime, evening news and latenight tv.

        “We are delighted ABC has chosen TV Guide for this innovative and unprecedented partnership,” said Scott Crystal, president, TV Guide. “This collaboration with ABC is another example of our willingness to disrupt’ the norm in terms of advertising placement and execution with the goal of being both memorable and more engaging to our readers.”

        Daytime was placed on the inside back cover of the issue.

        In related news, earlier this month ABC began airing primetime promos for their September premieres. The network was also able to find space to combine said promos with those of morning news, daytime, evening news, and latenight tv as well. Is this a turning point for ABC where all of their shows get equal billing in promotions? Well, no.

        We are in a time where a writers strike, a possible actors strike and a delayed primtime television slate has opened the doors for networks to think outside of the box and embrace change. Sooner or later we will be watching our favorite shows online as they air simultaneously on our bigger televisions screens. ABC is just furthering things along as we “Start Here” and end up watching their programming via our iPod’s, computers or on DVD.

        This is Errol Lewis…Keeping you Wired.

        • TV Guide

          Monday, August 25, 2008 1:28 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

          ( — Due to time constraints, GH PreVUE: Week of August 25 Edition will not be posted at this time. In its place, please note GH Today. GH PreVUE will return tomorrow.


          Lucky takes Lulu back to Shadybrook after her breakdown at the police station. Lainey admits to Lucky that Lulu’s condition is rapidly deteriorating. Lulu gets quite a surprise when she goes to Laura’s room. Spinelli gets hit by a car while on his stakeout with Maxie and is rushed to the hospital. Maxie and Nadine are terrified over the thought of Matt treating Spinelli’s injuries and learn Spinelli needs surgery. Spinelli puts his life in Maxie’s hands, telling her to decide if Matt should operate on him or not. Claudia decides she needs Ric’s help when Scott threatens to send Johnny to Pentonville but Ric is nowhere to be found. Alexis catches Claudia snooping around in her office. Kate becomes extremely superstitious after Sonny gets a few drops of blood on her reception dress. Sonny’s wheels start spinning when Kate relates a story about her cousin Olivia, whom she hasn’t seen in years. Sam’s suspicions about Jerry being involved with Karpov are confirmed. Nadine lets her fantasies take over as she and Nikolas enjoy a waltz.

          This episode marks Genie Francis’ (Laura Spencer) return to “General Hospital” after a two-year absence.

          “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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