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
Prospect Park

Prospect Park

Get ready for your jaws to drop, because the battle over “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” just got a hell of a lot uglier! In addition to the lawsuit that Prospect Park launched against ABC this April for the alleged sabotage of the company’s efforts to move the two sudsers online, the plaintiff filed a new amended complaint today with more details regarding the alphabet network’s alleged fraud and a claim that ABC schemed to create a “mega soap.” And guess what? It all comes with a demand for more than $95 million in damages!

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

On Friday, November 8, Soap Opera Network reported that SOAPnet, now the old way to watch soaps, would cease operation on December 31, 2013 at 11:59:59 ET. In a piece by the Los Angeles Times, Ben Pyne, president of global distribution for Disney Media Networks, said, “SOAPnet had a great run.” He added, “It served an audience of super-soap fans. And when given the opportunity, all of our affiliates kept the channel up and running.” The affiliates Pyne refers are the cable and satellite operators including DirecTV and Cablevision, et al that have kept the cable network on their channel listings whether a new deal with Disney and the carriers was signed or not.

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ABC

ABC

UPDATE: Tweets asking Stamos if he would ever return to “GH” apparently began even earlier today, which looks to be where the previous story began. When asked about a return to “GH,” Stamos said, “Never! I tried,they wanted me 2 play J.G. on drums with R.S. Legacy too important to me. In response, Carlivati said, “I’m sure I will be shouted down by 1.3M people, but this is a total mischaracterization of what occurred.”

J.G. in the tweet refers to “Jessie’s Girl,” the song Rick Springfield (the R.S. in the tweet) sang at the Nurses Ball in celebration of “GH’s” 50th anniversary. Springfield returned as his character Noah Drake for the episode.

PREVIOUS: Earlier today a fan tweeted, “@JohnStamos @carlivatiron @valentinifrank #BringBlackieBack #GH,” which attracted the attention of the intended parties, but the responses themselves were the least expected of all.

Stamos, who portrayed Blackie Parrish on ABC’s “General Hospital” in the 1980′s replied to the tweet and said, “Sociopathic! You don’t remember [the] phone call in @valentinifrank office?” As confusing as the tweet appeared, it became less confusing when “GH” head writer Ron Carlivati responded to Stamos’ tweet with, “Yes, I remember it well. But for some reason you seem determined to rewrite the narrative.”

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

The ABC Cable Networks Group, a division of Disney/ABC Television Group, has informed cable and satellite operators across the United States that they will cease operating SOAPnet, the cable network devoted to airing same day episodes of “Days of our Lives” and “General Hospital” at night along with off-network airing rights to such shows as “Veronica Mars,” “Beverly Hills,90210,” “Gilmore Girls,” “One Tree Hill” and more. The network, which launched January 20, 2000, is expected to go dark effective on December 31, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM EST. Despite SOAPnet’s reported replacement, Disney Junior, already operating since 2012 on several providers across the country, the kids friendly network will officially replace the women’s network at 12:00:00 AM EST on January 1, 2014.

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

Ratings Report for the Week of October 28 – November 1, 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 4,875,000 (-44,000/+699,000)
2. B&B 3,607,000 (-62,000/+598,000)
3. GH 2,907,000 (+52,000/+207,000)
4. DAYS 2,549,000 (+44,000/+111,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.6/12 (+.1/+.5)
2. B&B 2.6/9 (same/+.3)
3. GH 2.2/7 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (same/same)

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

The alphabet network is very proud of its sole remaining daytime drama series, “General Hospital,” which has increased its total audience and is surging in the key sales demos. The network is also proud of daytime talkers “The View” and “The Chew,” which are both achieving increased audiences in demos. “Chew” is reaching a new zenith in total audience as the talk show attracted its largest total viewer count and women 25-54 demo count in its history during the week of October 28, 2013 through November 1, 2013.

ABC

ABC

“General Hospital” grew its Total Viewer audience for the fourth consecutive week, rising to an over 10 month high (2.91 million – since 1/21/13), set an over 2 year high in Women 18-49 (748,000/1.2 rating) and over 2 and a half year high in Women 25-54 (989,000/1.6 rating) – since weeks of 8/15/11 and 3/28/11, respectively – placing a competitive #2 in the demos, and was the #1 program for the 11th week in a row in Women 18-34 (259,000/0.8 rating).

• Monday’s telecast – which included story lines revolving around Robin learning of Patrick’s engagement and Maxie’s frantic preparation for her baby’s return – stood as the series’ most-watched telecast in over 3 and a half years in Total Viewers (3.16 million – since 2/1/10), its second-most-watched telecast in over two years in Women 18-49 (857,000/1.3 rating) and two and a half years in Women 25-54 (1.13 million/1.9 rating) – since 8/15/11 and 3/25/11, accordingly.

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File Archive

File Archive

Bob D'Amico/ABC

Bob D’Amico/ABC

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” hits theaters nationwide on Friday, November 8, and the franchise’s ABC drama, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.,” is set to feel the film’s repercussions in an all new episode, “The Well,” slated for Tuesday, November 19!

According to an official press release touting the “Agents” episode, Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of the Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. pick up the pieces left behind in “The Dark World” — one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

The ABC Television Network and Gray Television, Inc. announced today that they have reached a new affiliation agreement that allows Gray Television to broadcast ABC’s full programming schedule in Laredo, Texas beginning in February 2014 using KGNS digital channel 8.2. Programming includes ABC’s primetime lineup, “Good Morning America,” “World News,” “Jimmy Kimmel” and ABC’s Daytime programming including “General Hospital.”

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Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television

Ratings Report for the Week of October 21-25, 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 4,919,000 (+160,000/+509,000) *
2. B&B 3,669,000 (+16,000/+561,000)
3. GH 2,855,000 (+34,000/+104,000)
4. DAYS 2,505,000 (-138,000/+80,000)

* New high for JFP/Griffith regime
* 1.75 year high: highest since January 30 – February 3, 2012 (4,949,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.5/12 (same/+.2)
2. B&B 2.6/9 (same/+.2)
3. GH 2.2/7 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (-.1/+.1)

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Daytime’s number one rated soap opera, “The Young and the Restless,” can’t be stopped! Not only has the sudser maintained the top spot in soap opera ratings for a consecutive 1,294 weeks, the latest Nielsen ratings reveal that the show notched nearly five million viewers for the week ending Friday, October 25 — its largest audience in nearly two years! Click beyond the jump for CBS’ official breakdown!

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