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

Errol Lewis, Publisher and Editor in Chief

By Errol Lewis

( — CBS soaps “The Young and the Restless” and “Guiding Light” tied their lowest household ratings in history while “As The World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and NBC’s “Days of our Lives” are the only soaps to increase their viewership year-to-year.


Continuing a trend it started earlier in the year, the ABC soaps continue to lose the most total viewers year-to-year with a combined loss of 1.7 million viewers. “General Hospital” lost the most with 642,000 viewers.

In Women 18-49, “The Bold and the Beautiful” was the only soap opera to increase year-to-year in Women 18-49, though “As The World Turns” and “Days of our Lives” also increased year-to-year in Women 18-49 viewers.

In Women 18-34, “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless” all tied at #1 with a 1.0/7 rating. However, “GH” fell the most year-to-year with a loss of 0.3 Women 18-34′s. “The Young and the Restless” by contrast increased in rating by 0.1 year-to-year.

The following is the final ratings report for the Week of April 28, 2008:

HOUSEHOLD RANK/SHARE (change last week/last year)

1. Y&R 3.8/14 (same/-.3)

2. B&B 2.9/10 (+.2/same)

3. GH 2.2/7 (-.1/-.5)

4. DAYS 2.1/7 (same/+.2)

4. ATWT 2.1/7 (same/-.1)

6. AMC 2.0/7 (same/-.4)

6. OLTL 2.0/7 (-.1/-.4)

8. GL 1.7/6 (same/-.3)

TOTAL VIEWERS (change last week/last year)

1. Y&R 5,305,000 (-28,000/-99,000)

2. B&B 3,977,000 (+197,000/+238,000)

3. ATWT 2,949,000 (+33,000/+105,000)

4. GH 2,896,000 (-132,000/-642,000)

5. DAYS 2,699,000 (-185,000/+183,000)

6. OLTL 2,590,000 (-71,000/-486,000)

7. AMC 2,468,000 (+2,000/-562,000)

8. GL 2,352,000 (-22,000/-212,000)

WOMEN 18-49 RATING (change last week/last year)

1. Y&R 1.8/13 (+.1/same)

2. GH 1.5/9 (-.2/-.3)

3. B&B 1.4/9 (+.2/+.1)

4. DAYS 1.3/9 (-.2/same)

4. OLTL 1.3/9 (-.1/-.2)

6. ATWT 1.2/8 (+.1/same)

7. AMC 1.1/7 (same/-.3)

8. GL 1.0/7 (same/-.1)

WOMEN 18-49 VIEWERS (change last week/last year)

1. Y&R 1,181,000 (+85,000/-16,000)

2. GH 986,000 (-103,000/-194,000)

3. B&B 910,000 (+118,000/+27,000)

4. OLTL 878,000 (-52,000/-103,000)

5. DAYS 868,000 (-89,000/+33,000)

6. ATWT 792,000 (+87,000/+30,000)

7. AMC 708,000 (-40,000/-210,000)

8. GL 686,000 (+14,000/-34,000)

WOMEN 18-34 RATING (change last week/last year)

1. DAYS 1.0/7 (-.1/-.1)

1. Y&R 1.0/7 (+.1/-.1)

1. GH 1.0/7 (-.1/-.3)

4. OLTL 0.9/6 (Same/same)

5. B&B 0.8/5 (+.2/same)

6. AMC 0.7/5 (same/-.2)

7. ATWT 0.6/4 (+.1/-.1)

8. GL 0.5/3 (same/-.2)

“Passions,” which airs on DirecTV is not included due to ratings information not being available at press time. Ratings do not include SOAPnet airings for “All My Children,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “One Life to Live,” and “The Young and the Restless.”

For the SEASON September 24, 2007 through May 4, 2008:

Households (change last week/last year)
1. Y&R 4.1

2. B&B 2.9

3. GH 2.4

4. ATWT 2.3

5. OLTL 2.1

5. AMC 2.1

5. DAYS 2.1

8. GL 1.9

Women 18-49 Rating (change last week/last year)

1. Y&R 1.9

2. GH 1.7

3. DAYS 1.5

4. OLTL 1.4

4. B&B 1.4

6. ATWT 1.3

6. AMC 1.3

8. GL 1.2

Source: NTI, Live + Same Day

By Errol Lewis

Tyler Christopher

( — “General Hospital” star Tyler Christopher seeks out new talent looking to make it big in Hollywood with new company.

With the help of Ric Beddingfield (Talent Representative/Film Producer, The Beddingfield Company, Inc.) and Taylor Sheridan (Acting Coach/Actor, “Veronica Mars”), Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine, “GH”) has formed Los Angeles based Hollywood Talent Group, whose mission is to help discover the next big star.

Hoping to help individuals learn more about life for an actor in Hollywood or how to enhance their craft, Hollywood Talent Group will be providing the first of many “Discover Me!” seminars starting this summer, where undiscovered talent will receive personal attention and advice on how to succeed in the world of Hollywood. The first of many seminar’s will begin with a 2-day event at the Governor’s Comedy Club in Levittown, NY on July 26 and 27, 2008.

Christopher, Beddingfield and Sheridan will “personally watch and critique attendees’ auditions and will answer questions about the art of the business of acting and the process of succeeding in Hollywood,” according to a press release provided to Soap Opera Network.

Beddingfield, who has discovered many of today’s top Hollywood actors, is looking for new clients and will provide information on how one can find an agent and educate individuals on various areas in the acting business. Christopher will discuss life as an actor in Los Angeles, CA. Sheridan will provide a set of tools and techniques that can be used to enhance different areas in one’s acting.

Every actor in attendance will be given a chance to audition in front of the trio of professionals.

The two-day seminar will cost $179.00 with an additional cost of $25.00 for an optional breakfast and lunch ticket on Saturday.

For more information, contact Sheri Evans at (800) 261-9142 or visit the Hollywood Talent Group Website.

Melissa Claire Egan

MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008

In the hope of getting fired and gaining Ryan’s sympathy, Annie sabotages Fusion’s presentation for the Japanese businessmen by inserting footage of Kendall and Greenlee pole dancing. Greenlee would fire Annie on the spot but to everyone’s dismay, and Annie’s disappointment, the businessmen are won over by the presentation and award Fusion a major contract. Annie kisses Ryan but then walks away frustrated over the fact they are “just friends.” Zach explains the situation in Darfur to Ryan. Ryan seems to be his old self as he and Zach work together to come up with a plan to help Aidan rescue Jake. Jake has a chance to escape but chooses to save the life of the rebel leader instead. Robert narrowly avoids being discovered by Colby and Cassandra as they pack up for a sleepover at the Chandler mansion. Robert finds Cassandra’s sketchbook and finds a drawing of a stuffed elephant. Adam thinks his medication is causing his hallucinations but Dixie makes it clear she’s a ghost who’s going to haunt him until he does the right thing and tells Tad the truth about Kate. Angie can clearly see that Krystal still cares about Adam. Tad gets a lead on Dr. Madden’s assistant, Hazel.

By Errol Lewis

( — A family says goodbye to a loved one.

Dylan Cash


Sonny accuses Kate of betraying him. Jax finds an emotional Kate in her office after her fight with Sonny. Sonny sees Claudia and admits that he finds her ability to not pretend that she’s something she’s not even though he finds her loathsome. Alexis can’t deny she’s jealous when she catches Jerry with Claudia. Lucky asks for Tracy’s help in getting Luke to realize the Zaccharas could destroy him. Johnny and Lulu forge a plan to make it appear as though they are a couple to catch Anthony in a trap.

Lucky and Sam find an unconscious and pale Nikolas in his hospital room after they go to visit him. Sam realizes the medication that Nikolas appears to have overdosed on is the same medication Elizabeth was reprimanded for giving to a patient that almost died. Spinelli freaks out after learning Maxie is spending a lot of time with a hot young male designer. He later turns to Patrick for advice on how to attract women. Robin starts an online blog about the struggles and triumphs of pregnancy. Jason rescues Spinelli from a hooker.

The Inside Story: Michael’s Family Says Goodbye

Carly turns to Jason after she finally comes to terms with sending Michael to the permanent care facility. Sonny has second thoughts about sending Michael away as his time with his son dwindles. After her talk with Mike, Kate goes to the facility and overhears Sonny voicing his guilt over saving her and not Michael. Jax suggests to Carly that Sonny should sign away his parental rights to both Michael and Morgan. Blaming herself for putting her children in harms way, Carly goes to see Sonny. Sonny accuses Jason of blaming him for Michael’s condition. Memories of Michael flood Sonny and Carly’s minds as they ride in the ambulance to the permanent care facility with Michael. Jason sees Michael and leaves him with the book of Africa. Sonny, Carly and Jason say their goodbyes to Michael.

Dylan Cash

A Closer Look: Alexis and Ric Discuss the Zaccharas

Alexis voices her concerns to Ric about his involvement with the Zaccharas. Ric tries to get Alexis to understand that he has changed ever since Trevor manipulated his and Marianna’s relationship. He now has a plan in motion that could rid himself of Trevor for good. Anothony gives Ric an order to keep Claudia in the loop on everything. Jason informs Claudia that he will not kill Anthony without proof that he is responsible for Michael getting shot.

What to Watch

  • Luke makes an impassioned appeal to Tracy.


Monday: Claudia confesses the truth to Nikolas; Elizabeth consoles Jason over his guilt about Michael; Sonny and Carly try to push aside their grief.

Tuesday: Sonny is flabbergasted when Carly asks him to stay away from Morgan; Jason and Elizabeth wish things could be different for them; Luke is arrested for money laundering.

Wednesday: Carly returns home only to find Jax missing; Nikolas comes to terms with his dealings with Ian; Luke opts to go on the run with Tracy by his side.

Thursday: Sonny pleads his case to Carly; Carly enlists Spinelli’s help in finding her husband; Johnny and Lulu rebel.

Friday: Jason and Carly are skeptical of Sonny’s about face; Nikolas threatens Claudia; Robin is stunned by Anna’s latest actions.

By Errol Lewis3

( — “The Bold and the Beautiful” Casting News for the Week of May 19, 2008.

The Bold and the Beautiful

Alley Mills returns as “Pam Douglas” on Monday, May 19.

Ivar Brogger portrays “Dr. Patrick” on Monday, May 19.

Dana Cuomo portrays “The Recovery Representative” on Monday, May 19.

Shasi Wells portrays “The Forrester Secretary” on Thursday, May 22.

By Errol Lewis

( — A Texas Battle hits Los Angeles and the face-off could have long-lasting results for CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Texas Battle

Houston, Texas born actor Texas Battle, 31, has been tapped to join the drama series in the contract role of Marcus, son of Donna Logan played by Jennifer Gareis, 37, confirms Executive Producer and Head Writer, Bradley P. Bell via press release.

“Marcus books a flight to Los Angeles after seeing the wedding announcement of Eric and Donna in the local paper,” Bell explains. “He arrives on the scene at a time when the Forresters and the Logans are embroiled in deeply emotional issues. It is soon revealed that Marcus is connected to the Logans, a secret that Donna has been keeping since she was a teenager.”

“When Donna was 16, she had a baby and gave it up for adoption,” Bell informed TV Guide. “The identity of the dad, who is black, is going to remain a mystery for a while.”

After marrying Eric Forrester on the Friday, May 9 episode of “B&B,” Donna begins to enjoy life as a Forrester wife, but her life of luxury could be cut short as Marcus appears on her doorstep on May 13.

Battle’s previous credits include roles in the films “Final Destination 3,” “Coach Carter” and “Wrong Turn 2.” He also appeared in episodes of “One Tree Hill” and the now defunct “All of Us.” He can next be seen in the films “Hitting the Bricks” (2008) and as Carey Fuller in “Dragonball” (2009), the big screen adaptation of the popular “Dragonball” series.

Battle graduated from the University of Texas, majoring in Kinesiology.

By Errol Lewis

Live Blog

( — “The 35th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards” nominations announced live during ABC Daytime’s “The View.”

Emmy Award

The Emmy Nomations (updated frequently):

Marcey Rylan (Lizzie, GL) and Van Hansis (Luke, ATWT) announced the nominees for Outstanding Young Actress and Actor in a Drama Series.

The Nominees are:

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series

Jennifer Landon (Gwen Norbeck Munson, ATWT)

Rachel Melvin (Chelsea Brady, DAYS)

Vail Bloom (Heather Stevens, Y&R)

Emily O’Brien (Jana Hawkes, Y&R)

Tammin Sursok (Colleen Carlton, Y&R)

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series

Van Hansis (Luke Snyder, ATWT)

Jesse Lee Soffer (Will Munson, ATWT)

Darin Brooks (Max Brady, DAYS)

Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall, GL)

Bryton McClure (Devon Hamilton/Winters, Y&R)

Alison Sweeney and Bryan Dattilo Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

The nominees are:

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Kelly Menighan Hensley

Heather Tom

Judy Evans

Gina Tognoni (Dinah, GL)

Tracey Bregman

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Trent Dawson

Daniel Cosgrove

Brian Kermin

Kristoff St. John

Greg Rikaart

Rebecca Budig and Cameron Mathison announced the nominees for Outstanding Talk Show Informative, Talk Show Entertainment and Talk Show Host.

The nominees are:

Outstanding Talk Show Informative

A Place of our Own (PBS)

Dr. Phil (SYN)

The Tyra Banks Show (SYN)

Talk Show Entertainment

Ellen Degeneres (SYN)

Rachel Ray (SYN)

The View (ABC)

Outstanding Talk Show Host

Ellen Degeneres (SYN)

Regis and Kelly (SYN)

The View co-hosts (ABC)

Farah Fath (Gigi, OLTL) and John Paul Lavoisier (Rex, OLTL) announced the nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series.

The nominees are:

Outsanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Maura West

Crystal Chappell

Nicole Forester

Michelle Stafford

Jeanne Cooper

Outsanding Lead Actorin a Drama Series

David Canary

Thaao Penghlis

Anothy Geary

Peter Bergman

Christian LeBlanc

Outsanding Drama Series

General Hospital (ABC)

Guiding Light (CBS)

One Life to Live (ABC)

The Young and the Restless (CBS)

By Errol Lewis

Natalia Livingston

( — “General Hospital” says goodbye to two hospital staffers as Natalia Livingston and Seamus Dever exit Port Charles for good.

On Monday, May 5, Emily Bowen-Quartermaine (Livingston) will say her final goodbye to truelove Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher) as Nikolas’ visions of her end after undergoing surgery for a tumor that causes him to hallucinate. Nikolas has been seeing Emily’s spirit from time to time since she was maliciously killed off during the Black and While ball in November 2007 by Diego Alcazar (Ignacio Serrichio).

Livingston joined “General Hospital” in April 2003 as Emily, the adopted daughter of Monica and Alan Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson and Stuart Damon). She took over the role from Amber Tamblyn, who portrayed the character from 1995 to 2001 on the ABC soap. “General Hospital” will present a special montage of Emily’s life during the episode as the character meets her heavenly end.

In other news, Seamus Dever’s Dr. Ian Devlin is departing “General Hospital” on Tuesday, May 6 as the character takes his last breathe during a battle for the truth with Jason Morgan (Steve Burton). Dr. Devlin is responsible for the shooting of Michael Corinthos (Dylan Cash), son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Carly Jacks (Laura Wright). The bullet was meant for Sonny but ricocheted and hit Michael in the head instead. The character is currently in a coma and understood to be brain dead.

Dever joined the cast in the recurring role of Dr. Ian Devlin in January 2008. Devlin was a college buddy of Dr. Patrick Drake’s (Jason Thompson). His exit doesn’t come as a surprise to fans of the soap as the character was written into a corner, which wasn’t helped by the 2007-2008 Writer’s Guild of America writers strike which lasted for four months (November 5, 2007 to February 12, 2008). The character was most recently providing Nikolas Cassadine with an illegal drug that he promised would help him keep seeing Emily and get rid of his tumor.

“General Hospital” airs weekdays on ABC and weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Update: Natalia Livingston last aired on Wednesday, May 7. In the article above it was stated that she would last air on Monday, May 5.

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