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

 
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General Hospital
Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

ABC’s “General Hospital” continues to pace for its best season since the 2006/2007 television season as the series hit four week highs in Women 18-34 (254,000/0.8 rating – tied in rating) and was the #2 program in Women 18-49 (776,000/1.2 rating) and Women 25-54 (1.05 million/1.7 rating). The soap attracted its largest single episode audience in over 6 years in total viewers on Tuesday, January 7 as 3.55 million viewers tuned into the happenings going on in Port Charles. The last time the audience for a single episode was that high was November 12, 2007.

Meanwhile, “The View” and “The Chew” are showing growth for the alphabet network in the key sales demos and viewers.

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

It was quite exciting news when word leaked that “The Partridge Family” star Shirley Jones was headed to “General Hospital” in February, but it looks like her Port Charles storyline may lead to even more of a thrill!

TV Guide reports that the Oscar winner and sitcom icon (who also appeared on “Days of our Lives” as Irish matriarch Colleen Brady back in 2008) will play Mrs. McClain, a lonely widow who sees something strange and disconcerting while paying a visit to her late husband’s grave.

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Randy Holmes/ABC Family

Randy Holmes/ABC Family

It looks like former “General Hospital” star Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan Lovett) has some bloody good news to celebrate: He’s been cast in the role of James on HBO’s “True Blood!”

TV Line first reported the news that the “Bunheads” star will be replacing Luke Grimes in the role, reportedly due to Grimes request to be let go from the show due to creative differences.

Look for Parsons to make his debut as the hunky young vampire rumored to be in a love triangle when “True Blood” returns for its seventh and final season this summer.



The OnLine Network

The OnLine Network

Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

Back in November 2013, Prospect Park amended its lawsuit against ABC by demanding more than $95 million in damages following what it claims was the network’s scheme to create a “mega soap” after ABC utilized characters from “One Life to Live” on “General Hospital.”

According to court documents from the time, Prospect Park alleged ABC convinced the company to allow “GH” to “borrow” certain “OLTL” characters in a limited, short-term capacity. But, as brought to light by Prospect Park’s original lawsuit, the plaintiff said that “even before the ink dried on the parties’ agreement, ABC began unilaterally changing key storylines and themes, literally killing some ‘OLTL’ characters and deeply integrating others into the ‘GH’ landscape, all to create a mega soap of ‘GH’ behind Prospect Park’s back.” Following Prospect Park’s claims, ABC has now filed an official response, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

ABC

ABC

“I’m Lucas Jones. I’m your son,” says an angered Lucas (Ryan Carnes) when he seemingly confronts his biological daddy this week on “General Hospital.”

According to a promo released by ABC, Lucas returns from a long stay in Seattle on Friday, January 17 and almost immediately confronts Julian Jerome (William deVry) with his true identity after Morgan (Bryan Craig) forcefully questions the mobster on the whereabouts of his mother, who is currently being held captive by crazy Heather Webber (Robin Mattson). Also in the promo is Ava Jerome (Maura West) being warned by daughter Kiki (Kristen Alderson) about hidden secrets, and is Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) pulling a Britt (Kelly Thiebaud)? Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) seems to think so, and so does Liz (Rebecca Herbst), who eavesdrops on their conversation.

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Bell-Phillip Television Productions; Corday Productions, Inc.

Bell-Phillip Television Productions; Corday Productions, Inc.

Ratings Report for the Week of December 30, 2013 – January 3, 2014

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 5,313,000 (+473,000/+792,000) *
2. B&B 4,127,000 (+308,000/+699,000) **
3. GH 3,330,000 (+309,000/+570,000) ***
4. DAYS 3,021,000 (+273,000/+571,000) ****

* Highest since January 31 – February 4, 2011
* New high for Phelps/Altman/Passsanante regime

** Highest since February 25-29, 2008

*** New high for Valentini/Carlivati regime

**** Highest since January 31 – February 4, 2011
**** New high for Tomlin/Whitesell regime

Households
1. Y&R 3.7/10 (+.3/+.3) *
2. B&B 2.8/7 (+.1/+.3) **
3. GH 2.4/6  (+.1/+.3)
4. DAYS 2.2/6 (+.2/+.2) ***

* New high for Phelps/Altman/Passsanante regime
** Highest since/Last time at 2.8: January 26-30, 2009

*** New high for Tomlin/Whitesell regmine
*** Last time at 2.2: March 1-5, 2010

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Robert Voets/CBS

Robert Voets/CBS

While several actors from “The Young and the Restless” have indirectly acknowledged the scandal surrounding Michael Muhney‘s (Adam Newman) firing last month and subsequent allegations he groped the breasts of Hunter King (Summer Newman) via social media, no actor has acknowledged the situation as publicly as the legendary Eric Braeden (Victor Newman).

As many of you know, following Muhney’s exit interview with Huffington Post Canada, published the day after announcing he had been fired by the soap, there were insinuations that Braeden was likely at fault for not just Muhney’s firing but that of former “Y&R” actress Maura West (ex-Diane Jenkins; currently playing Ava Jerome on “General Hospital”). On Twitter, Braeden said at the time, “Implying I had [something] to do with MWest’s departure is libelous!” He added, “Of course I am [upset]. Wouldn’t you be if some slimeballs make statements that reflect not an iota of reality?”

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

As previously reported, “General Hospital’s” Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie Trout) announced that she will be appearing in an upcoming episode of ABC’s “Castle,” which Soap Opera Network has since learned will air on Monday, January 27.

In the episode entitled “Dressed To Kill,” Wilson will appear in the role of Grace Jacobs, who is described as a young woman that grew up reading Modern Fashion with the dream of working for its editor, Matilda King (Frances Fisher; “The Edge of Night,” “Days of our Lives”).

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NAACP; JPI Studios (insert)

NAACP; JPI Studios (insert)

Nominees for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Daytime Drama Series were announced today for “The 45th NAACP Image Awards,” scheduled to air Saturday, February 22 on TV One. “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” were once again dominant in both acting categories.

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Bell-Phillip Television Productions (Top); Disney/ABC Television Group (Bottom)

Bell-Phillip Television Productions (Top); Disney/ABC Television Group (Bottom)

Ratings Report for the Week of December 23-27, 2013

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,840,000 (+111,000/-11,000)
2. B&B 3,819,000 (+160,000/+269,000)
3. GH 3,021,00 (+134,000/+4,000)
4. DAYS 2,748,000 (+313,000/+201,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.4/9 (same/same)
2. B&B 2.7/7 (+.1/+.2)
3. GH 2.3/6 (+.2/+.2)
4. DAYS 2.0/5 (+.2/+.1)

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