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
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Cliff Lipson/CBS

During first quarter 2014, CBS’ full daytime lineup was up 13% compared to first quarter 2013, per Nielsen Media Research data. Additionally, “The Talk” and “Let’s Make a Deal” delivered their largest-ever first quarter in total viewers and key women. Meanwhile, “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” delivered their largest audiences since first quarter 2008, with “Y&R” averaging 5.51 million viewers, up 11% from last year, and “B&B” averaging 4.02 million viewers, up 10% from last year. “The Price is Right” was also attracted its best numbers since 2004 and 2005, respectively.

With an average of 2.92 million viewers tuning in daily, “Talk” was up 17% year-to-year while matching its best first quarter performance in the key Women 25-54 demo with a 1.1/06 (rating/share).

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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Gilles Toucas

Gilles Toucas

Soap Opera Digest is reporting that CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” will once again welcome Hunter Tylo back to its canvas as the storyline of Aly (Ashlyn Pearce) dealing with the death of her mother, Darla (Schae Harrison), continues to play out on screen and kicks into high gear particularly during May Sweeps. Per the publication, citing a show spokesperson, Tylo is expected to re-appear as Taylor Hayes Forrester beginning Friday, April 25.

Tylo’s most recent return to the soap was on Friday, February 28, where she shared scenes with John McCook‘s Eric Forrester.



Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Beginning Tuesday, April 1 and continuing through Thursday, April 3, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” will present daytime’s first gay male wedding as Will Horton (Guy Wilson) and Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) exchange wedding vows in front of friends and family. In honor of the special event, the soap has released a video preview of the wedding, which shows both grooms being walked down the aisle by their loving mothers - Will is walked down the aisle by Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Sonny is walked down by Adrienne (Judi Evans) – while their father’s proudly look on. The wedding will be presided over by Will’s grandmother, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall).

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

@MelodyThomasSco/Twitter

@MelodyThomasSco/Twitter

On Friday, March 28, “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Mo Rocca was on hand to film scenes alongside “The Young and the Restless” actresses Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) and Amelia Heinle (Victor Newman) for an upcoming appearance on daytime TV’s top rated drama series. News of Rocca’s appearance came to light when the correspondent tweeted a picture of himself with the ladies while noting he’ll be portraying the role of Milton the accountant in scenes scheduled to air on Wednesday, April 30, per a tweet by Scott. 

Rocca’s appearance on “Y&R” isn’t his first time appearing during the daytime hours on the network. Rocca most recently appeared in an October 2013 episode of “The Talk,” during a segment in which he shared America’s favorite family recipes with the co-hosts.



General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

JPI Studios

JPI Studios

Tuesday, April 1 marks the 51st anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital.” To honor its special day, the series is promising viewers plenty of love, life and nostalgia, which includes the re-appearance of two of its most popular and celebrated actresses per a report by Daytime Confidential.

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

According to the website, Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun, both of whom portrayed Carly Corinthos on the daytime soap prior to her current portrayer, Laura Wright, joining in 2005, will make cameo appearances alongside Wright in the special episode of the series. This marks Brown’s third non-consecutive stint (brief or otherwise) on “GH” since originating the role of Carly in 1996. After departing the soap in 2001, Brown returned in January 2008 to portray the newly created role of mob princess Claudia Zacchara. She departed the series in 2009. Braun portrayed Carly almost immediately following Brown’s departure in 2001 until her contract expired in 2005.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Bell-Phillip Television Productions

Bell-Phillip Television Productions

CBS

CBS

Today marks the 27th anniversary of CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” which was created by the late William J. Bell and his wife Lee Phillip Bell as a sister soap to the widely popular and successful, “The Young and the Restless.” “B&B” now joins an exclusive club of scripted broadcast dramas, which includes “Y&R,” “General Hospital,” “Days of our Lives,” “All My Children,” “Another World,” “One Life to Live,” “As The World Turns” and “Guiding Light,” into the top ten list of the longest running scripted dramas broadcast on network television.

Debuting on Monday, March 23, 1987 as one of the last half hour daily serials created for American audiences, “B&B” was the recipient of its eighth Golden Nymph Award during the 2013 International TV Audience Awards in the Telenovela/Soap Opera category, during the Monte Carlo Television Festival, which honors the most viewed programs through out the world. The awards are determined by the sum of ratings across five continents and 65 countries as measured by Médiamétrie and Eurodata TV Worldwide.

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Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

If you’re ready for more secrets, scandals, passion and romance than ever before, you’re in luck: The Emmy-nominated online soap opera “The Bay” — produced by the Gregori J Martin founded company LANYfilms Productions — is returning with an all-new Chapter 12 that promises to deliver sudser standards with a serious bang! What’s more, the cast has already begun new installments of the ever-popular pre-launch “Confessions of Bay City” videos in which Bay City’s biggest and baddest take the hot seat for jaw-dropping confessions!

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

In response to rampant rumors that she will soon be joining the cast of “General Hospital” in the role of Nina, the comatose wife of Michael Easton‘s Silas Clay, Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis Summers, “The Young and the Restless”) has taken to social media to dispel said rumors. The actress tweeted last night, “I want u all to remember as u drift off to sleep…people who start rumors have super little pee pees…,” before wishing her fans and followers a good night’s sleep. Previously, a rep for the ABC Daytime drama series issued a “no comment” to Soap Opera Network when contacted.

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CBS

CBS

On Thursday, March 13Michael Robinson, fullback of the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks, will make his acting debut on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” the network announced today.

In a recent interview with “NFL Total Access,” Robinson revealed that his guilty pleasure is “watching the stories,” particularly “Y&R.” After learning of his interest in soaps, producers at the show invited the athlete to make an appearance. Robinson jumped at the chance to visit the soap and was thrilled when he found out that he had been written into an upcoming episode working with Daytime Emmy winner Eric Braeden, who plays Victor Newman.

A rep for the show tells Soap Opera Network that Robinson will portray a man named Michael Robinson, who is the VP Northwest regional Marketing in Seattle and stops by to see Victor.

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera NetworkThe Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

With “The Young and the Restless” gearing up for the unveiling of Chelsea’s (Melissa Claire Egan) new fashion line, Chelsea Lawson for Jabot, and the subsequent battleground between the fashionista and Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson), as well as Lily (Christel Khalil) and Hilary (Mishael Morgan), it would only make sense for the series to use the storyline as a crossover opportunity with sister soap “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

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