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

 
Topic:
General Hospital

American Media, Inc.

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Although the likelihood was expected thanks to the loss of long-time soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” in 2011 and 2012, which were preceded by the departures of “Guiding Light” and “As The World Turns” in 2009 and 2010, news broke on Thursday, March 22 that after 22 years in publication Soap Opera Weekly would end its successful run as one of the premier soap opera magazines. The final decision to end the mag was just one of many blows the soap opera industry has felt in as many years. Soap Opera Network takes a by the numbers look at Weekly and how its readership levels helped lead to its ultimate demise.

On April 14, 2011 news of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live’s” cancellations created headlines in nearly every trade magazine, newspaper and informational entertainment website you could think of. What the world didn’t know at the time was that same day (morning in fact) American Media, Inc. had signed a licensing deal with Source Interlink, owner of both Weekly and sister mag Soap Opera Digest, in which American Media would control the editorial, advertising, marketing and distribution aspects of both magazines. As part of that deal a number of staffers were let go from both Digest and Weekly, while those who remained were either re-assigned or part of the recent layoffs now effecting the demise of Weekly itself.

According to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) data Soap Opera Network has received, Soap Opera Weekly magazine had an average total circulation of nearly 108,000 between subscriptions and single copy sales in the second half of 2011. Single copy sales exceeded subscriptions by just over 5,000 issues. The magazine lost upwards of 40,000 subscribers compared to the second half of 2010, when its total circulation was nearly 146,000 between subscriptions and single copy sales. In November of 2011, in our report announcing the launch of Reality Weekly, we noted that Soap Opera Weekly had recently ceased providing subscriptions:

Dated November 14, 2011:

Although I do not personally subscribe to either Digest or Weekly, it recently came to my attention that Soap Opera Weekly no longer provides subscriptions for soap fans wishing to receive their Weekly at home as it and numerous other magazines have done since their inceptions. This was later confirmed as the magazine no longer provides an online subscription via the Zinio magazine subscription and tablet application service. Digest and Soaps in Depth (both ABC and CBS editions) continue to provide subscriptions, however.

With the magazine no longer providing subscription based readership, sales figures fell to just over 50,000 single copy sales based on the data average of the 15 issues sold during the first half of 2012, according to the ABC. This showed axed subscribers did not opt into buying the magazine at their local supermarket or grocer. By comparison, in the first half of 2001, when there were 10 soaps still on the air (“All My Children,” “As The World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “Guiding Light”, “One Life to Live,” “Passions,” “Port Charles” and “The Young and the Restless”), Weekly‘s total circulation was 372,000 on average between subscriptions (134,000) and single copy sales (238,000).

Soap Opera Weekly, which launched with its first issue dated November 21, 1989, with maven Mimi Torchin as its founding Editor in Chief, will present a final look into the world of soaps with its last issue dated April 10, 2012, according to an American Media spokesperson. Stephanie Sloane, in her role as the Editor in Chief of both Weekly and Digest, will close the books on the magazine.



Bell-Phillip Television Productions

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Ratings Report for the Week of March 12-16, 2012

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 4,337,000 (+62,000/-397,000)
2. B&B 3,116,000 (+53,000/+168,000)
3. DAYS 2,420,000 (-9,000/+104,000)
4. GH 2,248,000 (-96,000/-345,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.2/11 (+.1/-.2)
2. B&B 2.4/8 (+.1/+.3)
3. DAYS 1.8/6 (same/+.1)
4. GH 1.7/5 (-.1/-.2)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 916,000 (+38,000/+9,000)
2. B&B 695,000 (+38,000/+67,000)
3. GH 575,000 (-54,000/-155,000)
4. DAYS 556,000 (+3,000/-40,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/10 (same/same)
2. B&B 1.1/7 (+.1/+.1)
3. DAYS 0.9/6 (same/same)
3. GH 0.9/6 (-.1/-.2)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.6 (same/-.2)
2. DAYS 0.5 (same/+.1)
2. B&B 0.5 (-.1/-.1)
2. GH 0.5 (same/-.2)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 907,000 (-40,000/-224,000)
2. B&B 630,000 (-18,000/-27,000)
3. DAYS 512,000 (+16,000/-27,000)
4. GH 437,000 (+15,000/-16,000)

Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

B&B
Monday: 2.6/3,300,000
Tuesday: 2.2/3,083,000
Wednesday: 2.3/2,966,000
Thursday:
Friday:

DAYS
Monday: 1,7/2,419,000
Tuesday: 1.6/2,174,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,353,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,640,000
Friday: 1.8/2,514,000

GH
Monday: 1.7/2,157,000
Tuesday: 1.6/2,098,000
Wednesday: 1.7/2,264,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,411,000
Friday: 1.7/2,312,000

Y&R
Monday: 3.5/4,754,000
Tuesday: 3.1/4,238,000
Wednesday: 3.1/4,017,000
Thursday:
Friday:

For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through March 18, 2012

Households
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.5
3. DAYS 2.0
4. GH 1.9

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6
2. DAYS 1.1
2. GH 1.1
2. B&B 1.1

Ratings Archive

 



Craig Sjodin/ABC

Prior to our posting the press release from the Disney/ABC Television Stations Group which revealed the premiere date of “Katie,” Soap Opera Network learned via its sources that ABC had quietly been informing their affiliates of the pending cancellation of “The Revolution,” which has greatly underperformed in key demographics and viewership compared to the series it replaced (“One Life to Live”) back in January.

While this in no way guarantees “General Hospital’s” placement on the Fall 2012-2013 ABC Daytime schedule once the network cedes the soaps timeslot to affiliates beginning Monday, September 10, the fact that “GH” continuously increases its audience over the performance of “Revolution” in all categories including an uptick of over 900,000 viewers (2.34 million for “GH” vs 1.40 million for “Revolution”), a 100% gain in Women 18-49 rating (1.0 demo for “GH” vs 0.5 for “Revolution”), and a 66% gain in Women 18-34 rating (0.5 for “GH” vs 0.3 for “Revolution”) during the week of March 5-9, 2012 places “GH” in a better position of continuing beyond this summer.

As previously reported, a decision on the future of “General Hospital” is expected to be made in mid-April. Should the soap continue beyond the launch of “Katie,” it is expected to move to 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT/CT timeslot on the ABC Television Network.



Fred Lee/ABC

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Thursday, March 15, 2012, the Disney/ABC Television Stations Group released a press release (see below) informing stations across the country of its plans to launch the long anticipated talk show “Katie,” hosted by news personality Katie Couric, on Monday, September 10. What wasn’t stated was “General Hospital,” which currently occupies the planned 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PT/CT timeslot for Couric’s talk show, is likely to air its final episode in that timeslot on Friday, September 7. As we all know ABC is scheduled to turn over the timeslot to its affiliates, which will allow them to air various programming across their stations, including the option of airing “Katie.”

via Press Release

PREMIERE DATE ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONALLY SYNDICATED TALK SHOW “KATIE”

“KATIE” TO PREMIERE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

Executive Producer Jeff Zucker Announces Key Updates,
Hires for Katie Couric’s Upcoming Syndicated Daytime Show

Executive Producer Jeff Zucker today announced key production updates for Katie Couric’s highly anticipated nationally syndicated talk show, “Katie.” The live, weekday show has already been cleared in 94% of the country, and will premiere on Monday, September 10, 2012. The show is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

In an internal webcast to television stations that will air “Katie,” Zucker unveiled the show’s logo, and announced additions to the senior production staff including Director Joe Terry, who has spent the last 14 years as Director for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and Co-Executive Producer Kathy Samuels. Samuels is a producer with nearly 20 years of television experience, including live television and daytime talk show programming at NBC, Paramount Domestic, and CBS, and has been a part of several successful launch teams, including “Rachael Ray” and “Access Hollywood.” Zucker will serve as the day-to-day showrunner.

The webcast was conducted from TV One at ABC’s Manhattan headquarters, which will serve as home to the “Katie” set. The studio itself has a rich history, having served as the backdrop to the Kennedy/Nixon Presidential debates, and has housed broadcast programming including “Good Morning America” and election night coverage. “Katie” will broadcast live, weekdays in front of a studio audience.

“Katie and I are thrilled to share these updates with our partners and Katie’s fans,” said Zucker. “We now have our studio, a great-looking logo that exudes all of the qualities that we want the show to convey, and a terrific team with a diverse background of experience. We couldn’t be more excited about September 10. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and popular TV personality. In addition to hosting the new nationally syndicated program “Katie,” Couric is also a member of the ABC News team. “Katie” will be executive produced by Katie Couric and Jeff Zucker and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

For the latest news about the show, subscribe to Facebook updates from Katie, and follow her on Twitter.



Bell-Phillip Television Productions

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Ratings Report for the Week of March 5-9 2012

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 4,275,000 (-78,000/-550,000)
2. B&B 3,063,000 (-36,000/+252,000)
3. DAYS 2,429,000 (-119,000/-59,000)
4. GH 2,344,000 (-59,000/-343,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.1/10 (-.1/-.4) <—– ties low
2. B&B 2.3/8 (same/+.3)
3. DAYS 1.8/6 (-.1/same
3. GH 1.8/5 (same/-.2)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 878,000 (+8,000/-126,000)
2. B&B 657,000 (-28,000/+95,000)
3. GH 629,000 (-28,000/-130,000)
4. DAYS 553,000 (-19,000/-135,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4 (same/-.1)
2. GH 1.0 (same/-.1)
2. B&B 1.0 (-.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.9 (same/-.1)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. B&B 0.6 (same/+.2)
1. Y&R 0.6 (same/-.2)
3. GH 0.5 (same/-.3)
3. DAYS 0.5 (same/-.1)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 947,000 (-7,000/-142,000)
2. B&B 648,000 (+6,000/+28,000)
3. DAYS 496,000 (-102,000/-82,000)
4. GH 422,000 (-14,000/-59,000)

Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

B&B
Monday: 2.3/3,025,000
Tuesday:
Wednesday: 2.4/3,189,000
Thursday: 2.2/3,010,000
Friday: 2.3/3,030,000

DAYS
Monday: 1.9/2,552,000
Tuesday:
Wednesday: 1.7/2,332,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,407,000
Friday: 1.8/2,424,000

GH
Monday: 1.9/2,615,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,382,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,284,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,302,000
Friday: 1.7/2,138,000

Y&R
Monday: 3.2/4,452,000
Tuesday: 3.1/4,110,000
Wednesday: 3.1/4,164,000
Thursday: 2.9/4,169,000
Friday: 3.3/4,432,000

For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through March 11, 2012

Households
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.5
3. DAYS 2.0
4. GH 1.9

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6
2. DAYS 1.1
2. GH 1.1
2. B&B 1.1

Ratings Archive

 

 



Disney/ABC Television Group

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Call it the case of a pissed off audience or call it a fluke, but whatever it is the mystery of where “General Hospital’s” audience went by its Friday, March 2, 2012 episode is up in the air.

During the week of February 27-March 2, 2012, when ratings reports started piling in, it was revealed that “General Hospital” recorded some of its highest ratings in as many months (highest total audience since week of January 9, 2012; largest Women 18-49 and biggest Women 25-54 total since week of October 24, 2011), but had the series not nosedived to just over 2 million viewers for its Friday March 2, 2012 episode (just 2,001,000 viewers tuned in per Nielsen Media Research data) when we posted the dailies and averaged above 2.5 million viewers, as it had been trending to do on that date, the reports would have gone on to say “General Hospital” had its largest audience since the week of September 26-30, 2011 (when it averaged 2,597,000 viewers for the week). So what happened? Why such a big drop in total viewership and key demos from the four days prior (2,404,000 on Monday, 2/27; 2,509,000 on Tuesday 2/28; 2,575,000 on Wednesday 2/29; and 2,526,000 on Thursday 3/1)?

According to comments we’ve seen from our SON Community Members and responses in the weekly ratings report, it is likely that “General Hospital” received what is described as the “repeat of death” (ie. a repeat airing pulls down the weekly average for a program). Allegedly, the description for the Friday, March 2, 2012 episode of “GH” was the same as the description for the Thursday, March 1, 2012 episode for the soap, which according to DVR setup standards would result in your DVR (Digital Video Recorder) to misinterpret that Friday’s episode as a repeat and not a new episode, unless of course you scheduled all episodes (repeat and new) to record.

Of course, the other side of the coin could be that viewers were in fact turned off from what they had seen that Friday compared to the four days previously and just decided not to tune in. It isn’t an unlikely scenario as for the same week of September 26-30, 2011 data we cited above, “GH” went from nearly 2.8 million viewers on the Monday to just under 2.4 million by the time Friday came around. From Tuesday to Thursday the show consistently hovered over 2.5 million viewers (as it did during the week of February 27 – March 2, 2012).

We’ll soon find out what direction, if any, that particular episode indicated for the future of “General Hospital” when the latest ratings for the week of March 5-9, 2012 are released sometime today. In the meantime, here is a look at how the talk shows and game shows compare to the soaps based on data for the week February 27-March 2, 2012:

By Network

Network / Households / Total Viewers / Women 18-49 Viewers / Women 25-54 Viewers
1. CBS / 2.6 / 3,499,000 / 624,000 / 819,000
2. NBC / 2.1 / 2,7533,000 / 606,000 / 751,000
3. ABC / 2.0 / 2,536,000 / 541,000 / 729,000

By Show

Total Viewers
1. The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 5,163,000
2. The Young and the Restless (CBS) 4,353,000
3. The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 4,270,000
4. The View (ABC) 3,628,000
5. The Today Show 2 (NBC) 3,473,000
6. The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 3,099,000
7. Let’s Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 3,023,000
8. Let’s Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 2,570,000
9. Days of our Lives (NBC) 2,548,000
10. The Chew (ABC) 2,489,000
11. General Hospital (ABC) 2,403,000
12. The Talk (CBS) 2,329,000
13. The Today Show 3 (NBC) 2,289,000
14. The Revolution (ABC) 1,620,00

Note: NBC has begun counting “The Today Show 2″ and “The Today Show 3″ in the weekly ratings averages, thereby increasing its standings in the weekly averages (the network ranks second to CBS in total viewers).



Legion College

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) –  Two more long time “General Hospital” writers leave.

First it was script writer Michele Val Jean who left after 18 years, then script writer Mary Sue Price after 11 years, now it’s breakdown writer Michael Conforti and script writer Susan Wald who are leaving.  Wald has been with “GH” for 10 years and Conforti for 10.5 years.

“Days of our Lives” makes an addition to the writing staff by adding breakdown writer Lisa Connor.

For discussion on these topics and more, join us in the Writers/Directors thread at the SON Community.



NBC Universal

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Ratings Report for the Week of February 27 – March 2, 2012

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 4,353,000 (-231,000/-111,000)
2. B&B 3,099,000 (+15,000/+269,000)
3. DAYS 2,548,000 (+59,000/-98,000)
4. GH 2,403,000 (+49,000/-385,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.2/11 (-.2/-.1)
2. B&B 2.3/8 (same/+.2)
3. DAYS 1.9/6 (+.1/same)
4. GH 1.8/5 (same/-.3)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 870,000 (-86,000/-42,000)
2. B&B 685,000 (-12,000/+113,000)
3. GH 657,000 (+59,000/-154,000)
4. DAYS 572,000 (+51,000/-122,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4 (-.1/same)
2. B&B 1.1 (same/+.2)
3. GH 1.0 (+.1/-.2)
4. DAYS 0.9 (+.1/-.2)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. B&B 0.6 (+.2/+.1)
1. Y&R 0.6 (same/-.2)
3. DAYS 0.5 (+.1/-.1)
3. GH 0.5 (same/-.3)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 954,000 (-34,000/-75,000)
2. B&B 642,000 (+54,000/+61,000)
3. DAYS 598,000 (+58,000/-41,000)
4. GH 436,000 (-17,000/-68,000)

Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

B&B
Monday: 2.4/3,199,000
Tuesday: 2.2/2,974,000
Wednesday: 2.3/3,079,000
Thursday: 2.3/3,285,000
Friday: 2.3/2,956,000

DAYS
Monday: 1,8/2,334,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,614,000
Wednesday: 2.0/2,768,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,589,000
Friday: 1.8/2,437,000

GH
Monday: 1.9/2,404,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,509,000
Wednesday: 2.0/2,575,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,526,000
Friday: 1.6/2,001,000

Y&R
Monday: 3.3/4,479,000
Tuesday: 3.1/4,208,000
Wednesday: 3.3/4,414,000
Thursday: 3.2/4,491,000
Friday: 3.2/4,172,000

For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through March 4, 2012

Households
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.5
3. DAYS 2.0
4. GH 1.9

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6
2. DAYS 1.1
2. GH 1.1
4. B&B 1.0

Ratings Archive

 



Disney/ABC Television Group

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On June 6, 2011, ABC finally announced (after months of rumors) that it had signed a deal with former “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric to host a new daily syndicated talk show, and that said show would replace veteran soap opera “General Hospital” in the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT/CT timeslot. Initially the decision brought fear to soap opera fans, who only two months prior learned that ABC Daytime’s two other veteran soaps (“All My Children” and “One Life to Live”) would be replaced by two new food and lifestyle centered talk shows (“The Chew” and “The Revolution”). Now nearly a year since the announcement it looks like Katie Couric may just be the lifesaver “General Hospital” desperately needs.

According to TV Guide‘s Michael Logan, sources have informed him that the talk show host and her executive producer (former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker) have expressed their concern to the Disney/ABC Television Group brass, producers of her new talk show, in regards to the poor ratings performance that has been “The Revolution” – Since the talk shows debut in January the program hovers at just over 1.5 million viewers on average. By comparison, “One Life to Live,” which “Revolution” replaced, averaged more than 2.3 million viewers on average and performed better in key sales demos during the same period of time on the year-ago. “Couric and Zucker want to see ‘GH’ get that slot because it’s a stronger show, Nielsen-wise, plus Couric does not want to face the wrath of ‘GH’ fans and risk the chance they’ll organize a boycott. Who the hell needs that? So she and Zucker want ‘The Revolution’ to go bye-bye,” the website stated.

With “General Hospital’s” recent uptick in key demos and total viewers since the new dynamic duo of Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati (executive producer and head writer) debuted just a few short weeks ago, for the first time in over a year the soap finally has a fighting chance, but will ABC listen? “They may not have a choice,” said Logan. “In fact, they might even agree at this point. Our spies at Times Square Studios — the new tag for ABC Daytime — tell us the commitment to nonscripted shows remains firm in the ABC daypart but no one is doing handstands over the ones currently in development, which include a doctor show and a game show. While ABC technically has time (though not much) to replace ‘The Revolution’ with more reality, that option is looking way too chancy.”

Should ABC end up keeping “GH” on the air and canceling “The Revolution,” the soap will move to the 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CT/PT timeslot beginning in September. According to sources, a decision on the eventual outcome on either series will not be made until at least mid-April.

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati, who took over the reigns as ABC’s new executive producer and head writer for “General Hospital,” are now on the world wide web courtesy of Twitter, the social networking media giant.

A “General Hospital” spokesperson has confirmed to Soap Opera Network that Valentini joined Twitter  on Wednesday, March 7 and his handle is @valentinifrank. Valentini is fastly approaching 3,000 followers in that short period of time. Carlivati, whose handle is @carlivatiron, actually joined Twitter back in March of 2011, but wasn’t very active until around December 14, 2011. Since then he’s made nearly 300 tweets (discussions with actors, fans, etc) and retains over 7,000 followers.









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