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

General Hospital

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( – Jacob Young is returning to the soap that started his daytime career back in 1997. This fall the Daytime Emmy Award winner will reprise the role of Eric Forrester (John McCook) and Brooke Logan’s (Katherine Kelly Lang) son, Rick Forrester, on the CBS daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Four months after it was announced that “All My Children” would be ending its run on ABC in September and just a month after learning that Prospect Park, a 2-year-old production company, had picked up the show as part of its yet-to-be-named infotainment network set for a January launch, Young (JR Chandler on “AMC”) has become the second actor to bolt the daytime drama series. The first being Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard), who is heading to “The Young and the Restless” later this fall.

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan, Young reveals that he will be returning on screen to “B&B” beginning Monday, September 26, which will also mark the first time in 41-years that “All My Children” was not on the regularly scheduled ABC Daytime lineup. “The Chew” replaces “AMC” on this date.

“When I started talking to ‘B&B’ I didn’t think it would happen so fast. But I guess it’s good that way. I was looking forward to wrapping up ‘AMC’ and having a bit of a hiatus, maybe a month or two to travel with my family,” said Young. “As it turns out, I’ll probably have my ‘AMC’ and ‘B&B’ schedules overlapping and be shooting both shows at the same time. I’m like, ‘You guys figure it out and point me in the right direction.’”

Although he hopes the deal with Prospect Park and “AMC” can come together even without him and Morgan, like many of his co-stars Young is concerned about the hiatus between the soap ending on ABC and taking off on the internet. Young thinks a January 16 debut is an optimistic time table for when “AMC” could end up back on the air considering the facts of the situation so far. His advice to his co-stars in the meantime is “to get out there in the business and see what’s crackin’. Anybody with common sense would do that.”

With Prospect Park yet to confirm details of when “AMC” will pick up production due to union issues, the company has been unable to reach out to actors to try and iron out contracts, leaving an actor exodus a strong possibility before the online version of the soap even debuts. Interestingly enough, news of Young heading back to “B&B” comes on the heals of that soap returning from a three week production hiatus.

In an interview with Soap Opera Network during the “All My Children” Fan Club Weekend, Young shared his hopes for fans who would continue with the show online and where he sees his character as the show comes to a close on ABC.

For more from Young’s TV Guide interview where he discusses both “AMC” and “B&B, click here.

About Jacob Young

Young put the character of Rick Forrester on the map on “B&B” from 1997 to 1999. The role was last played by Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, “Days of Our Lives) in 2011. Young moved on to ABC’s “General Hospital” as Lucky Spencer, the son of Luke and Laura Spencer (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis), from 2000 to 2003. Keeping a track record of playing the son of some of daytime’s most important characters, in 2003, Young landed the role of Adam Chandler (David Canary) and Dixie Cooney’s (Cady McClain) son JR Chandler on “AMC.” That role had previously been played to much acclaim by Jesse McCartney.

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After a number of years being relegated to the 11:00 PM time slot (outside of the primetime hours of 8:00 to 11:00 PM), SOAPnet’s same day re-airings of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” are about to replace ABC’s canceled “All My Children” in the 8:00 PM ET/PT slot after the latter soap goes off the air on Friday, September 23.

SOAPnet, which has aired “AMC” in the time period since the networks inception in January 2000, also announced a restructuring of its full lineup that includes the removal of “Ryan’s Hope,” the addition of “Brothers & Sisters” and classic episodes of “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.”

According to Soap Opera Digest, the weekend preceding “All My Children’s” final week on television, SOAPnet will air ten “Best of AMC’” hours, which includes five hours on Saturday, September 17 (7:00 PM ET/PT to midnight) and five hours on Sunday, September 18 (7:00 PM ET/PT to midnight).


GH Recap: Friday, August 12, 2011

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( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, August 12, 2011.


Elizabeth helps Lucky come down off the drugs, and they discuss Jake. Meanwhile, Anthony orders a hit.

Sam gives Monica a picture of Jake.

Johnny receives a gift from his father. Sonny overhears Matt and Robin’s conversation over Skype – and gets a clue. Shawn arrives at the Drake house and demands he return Josslyn and Sonny slams in, murderous.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Sonny faces off with Jax in the Drake living room.
  • Carly wants an update on Josslyn.
  • Maxie is jealous of all the attention Jackal, P.I., is paying Lulu.


( — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of August 15, 2011.


Jackal, P.I. continues to perturb Maxie. Abby is unable to escape her past. Coleman and Diane decide to help Alexis and Mac out on Tuesday, August 16. Sam’s anxiety about Jason’s condition intensifies. Carly arrives to see Jason but comes face to face with Sam instead. Does Sam still have her boxing gloves on? Patrick, Matt and Robin argue over Jason’s case. Robin realizes what may be causing Jason’s seizures. On Wednesday, August 17, Tracy & Skye make little effort to disguise their strong distaste for each other. Skye presses Tracy to reveal her secret ties to the mob. Lulu & Dante celebrate her birthday on Friday, August 19.

The Inside Story: Love and Other Drugs
Ethan finds Anthony’s goon standing over Siobhan when he arrives at her hospital room. Elizabeth tells Lucky about Siobhan’s accident after helping him sober up. Lucky races to the hospital. Elizabeth is wistful as she watches Lucky look over Siobhan. Lulu worries about her brother. Elizabeth turns to Matt for help with the case Lucky is responsible for investigating. Ethan’s timing proves to once again be impeccable as Anthony’s goon moves to make another attempt on Siobhan’s life. Siobhan asks to see Elizabeth  after waking up on Thursday, August 18. The two women hash out their issues. Epiphany puts Anthony in his place when he arrives at General Hospital. Anthony proceeds with his deadly plan. Matt arrives on the scene as Anthony’s drug dealer is facing off with Lucky.

A Closer Look: No More I Love You’s
On Monday, August 15, Robin tries to get between Sonny & Jax as things begin to take an extremely volatile turn. Sonny shoots his gun. Dante arrives and arrests Sonny. Jax manages to make it to his plane and boards it unaware of Sonny’s sabotage. Dante makes it clear to Sonny that if he acts like a criminal that is exactly what he is going to treat him as. Jax’s plane goes down. Carly heads out to confront Sonny after learning about Jax. Carly slaps Sonny. She makes it abundantly clear to Sonny that he is no longer any part of her life. Jax’s body is found.


  • Anthony attacks a patient at General Hospital.
  • Lucky finds a message from Siobhan.
  • Maxie takes Jackal, P.I. to Georgie’s grave.
  • Sonny and Carly continue to battle.
  • Skye is keeping someone safe.

GH Recap: Thursday, August 11, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, August 11, 2011.


Carly leaves Jax a pleading message to return Josslyn. Dante overhears and takes off to prevent crime between Sonny and Jax. Meanwhile, Shawn interrupts Sonny’s plan to sabotage Jax’s plane. Sonny decks Dante when he tries to stop his father. Later, Shawn and Carly share a heartfelt moment in their search for Josslyn. Robin gets an unexpected visit from Jax and Josslyn.

Robin ultimately sides with Patrick, which Matt believes is preferential treatment, and we realize Robin has work cut out for her as Patrick’s wife and boss. Later, Robin and Mac discuss work-life balance.

Mac arrives at Jake’s in time to find out who is winning a drinking game.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Sonny arrives at the Drake home murderous.
  • Anthony orders a hit.
  • Johnny gets a gift from his father.

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( — Ratings Report for the Week of August 1-5, 2011

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 4,749,000 (-29,000/-119,000)
2. B&B 3,107,000 (+119,000/-67,000)
3. OLTL 2,912,000 (+100,000/+547,000) *
4. AMC 2,510,000 (-70,000/+133,000)
5. GH 2,504,000 (-5,000/-57,000)
6. DAYS 2,312,000 (-138,000/-97,000)

* 2.75 year high (2,912,000 on November 10-14, 2008)

1. Y&R 3.4/10 (same/-.1)
2. B&B 2.2/7 (same/same)
3. OLTL 2.0/6 (+.1/+.3)
4. GH 1.9/5 (+.1/same)
5. AMC 1.8/6 (-.1/same)
6. DAYS 1.7/5 (same/-.1)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 991,000 (+30,000/-122,000)
2. GH 735,000 (+38,000/-75,000)
3. OLTL 719,000 (+45,000/+31,000)
4. B&B 658,000 (+70,000/-34,000)
5. AMC 572,000 (+45,000/-43,000)
6. DAYS 567,000 (-106,000/-106,000) <—– new low *

* Previous low: 579,000 (June 20-24, 2011)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.5/10 (same/-.2)
2. GH 1.1/7 (same/-.1)
2. OLTL 1.1/7 (+.1/+.1)
4. B&B 1.0/6 (+.1/same)
5. AMC 0.9/6 (+.1/same)
5. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1) <—— ties low

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 69,000 (+12,000/+6,000)
2. OLTL 55,000 (+11,000/+11,000)
3. B&B 52,000 (-19,000/+4,000)
4. GH 29,000 (-9,000/-31,000)
5. AMC 26,000 (+7,000/-3,000)
6. DAYS 19,000 (-13,000/-12,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/5 (same/-.4)
2. GH 0.6/3 (same/-.2)
2. OLTL 0.6/4 (same/same)
4. AMC 0.5/3 (same/-.1)
4. DAYS 0.5/3 (-.1/-.3)
6. B&B 0.4/3 (same/-.3)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,049,000 (+17,000/+88,000)
2. B&B 646,000 (+53,000/+62,000)
3. OLTL 561,000 (+9/+163,000)
4. DAYS 510,000 (-26,000/+57,000)
5. GH 475,000 (+29,000/+18,000)
6. AMC 469,000 (-52,000/+8,000)


Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

Monday: 1.9/2,643,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,586,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,443,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,459,000
Friday: 1.8/2,433,000

Monday: 2.3/3,100,000
Tuesday: 2.2/3,103,000
Wednesday: 2.1/3,063,000
Thursday: 2.2/3,137,000
Friday: 2.2/3,134,000

Monday: 1.8/2,559,000
Tuesday: 1.6/2,355,000
Wednesday: 1.7/2,274,000
Thursday: 1.7/2,201,000
Friday: 1.6/2,180,000

Monday: 1.9/2,534,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,447,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,701,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,494,000
Friday: 1.7/2,345,000

Monday: 2.1/3,197,000
Tuesday: 2.1/2,919,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,772,000
Thursday: 2.0/2,887,000
Friday: 2.0/2,786,000

Monday: 3.5/4,907,000
Tuesday: 3.3/4,755,000
Wednesday: 3.4/4,795,000
Thursday: 3.3/4,602,000
Friday: 3.2/4,691,000


For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through August 7, 2011

1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.2
3. GH 2.1
4. DAYS 2.0
4. OLTL 2.0
6. AMC 1.9

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 1.0
6. AMC 0.9

Ratings Archive

Bob D'Amico/ABC

( — “General Hospital” DVR Alerts for the Week of August 15, 2011.


  • Monday: Sonny faces off with Jax in the Drake living room. Carly wants an update on Josslyn. Maxie is jealous of all the attention Jackal, P.I., is paying Lulu.
  • Tuesday: Elizabeth tells Lucky about Siobhan’s accident. Dante makes it clear he is treating Sonny as a criminal. Abby is greatly disturbed when she overhears two women talking about her.
  • Wednesday: Lulu expresses great concern for her brother. Carly visits her friend. Tracy and Skye face off.
  • Thursday: Elizabeth asks Matt to test a suspicious prescription bottle. Siobhan asks to see Elizabeth. Carly swears Sonny out of her life.
  • Friday: Siobhan and Elizabeth discuss their relationship. Skye discovers someone she knows unconscious. Lulu and Dante make love.

GH Recap: Wednesday, August 10, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, August 10, 2011.


Still under the influence of drugs, Lucky experiences a series of flashbacks that take us back through his relationship with Elizabeth.

Sam reveals her engagement to Jason.

Kristina and Molly freak each other out in the storm until Ethan arrives. Sonny stops by and does not like what he sees.

Alexis and Diane get stuck at Jake’s in the storm – and decide to play a drinking game with Coleman to pass the time.

Sonny tightens on a trigger pointed at a man boarding a plane.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Dante takes off to prevent an incident between Sonny and Jax.
  • Robin has work cut out for her as Patrick’s wife and boss.
  • Mac arrives at Jake’s to find the patrons playing a game.

GH Recap: Tuesday, August 9, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, August 9, 2011.


Elizabeth goes to search for Lucky.

Sam lays into Carly.

Shawn continues to suffer the PTSD attack, but manages to snap out of it. Carly is determined to get Josslyn from Jax before Sonny finds out – and kills him. Olivia agrees to check out the situation. Meanwhile, Jax is stuck on the side of the road with Josslyn. Sonny bursts in on Skye and Edward.

Abby gets uncomfortable when Michael arranges a casino trip – just like Sonny does when he brings a woman to the island.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Sonny tightens on a trigger pointed at a man boarding a plane.
  • More drug-induced flashbacks for Lucky.
  • Alexis and Diane get stuck at Jake’s in the storm.

Gilles Toucas

( — Best known for her portrayal of Carly Corinthos and later Claudia Zacchara on ABC’s “General Hospital,” Sarah Brown is returning to daytime for another go after being dropped to recurring status earlier this year by CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” where she portrayed Agnes ‘Aggie’ Jones. The three-time Emmy Award winning actress has signed with NBC’s “Days of our Lives” to play the contract role of Madison James beginning Tuesday, October 4.

Brown’s new character is described as a ” a powerful and seductive CEO who looks to take on, one way or another, Sami [Brady, Alison Sweeney], Kate [Roberts, Lauren Koslow], Brady [Black, Eric Martsolf], and Victor [Kiriakis, John Aniston].” In a statement, Brown shared that she’s “excited to join such a talented cast as well as to play such a strong yet feminine character that will inspire our female viewer.”

For his part co-executive producer Greg Meng stated “”We are thrilled to have Sarah join our family at ‘Days.’  We needed a strong actress who can mold this character and go toe-to-toe with other strong actresses such as Alison Sweeney and Lauren Koslow. Madison defines a new femininity, displaying confidence, savvy, and elegance.”

via Press Release


Actress Joins the Newly Revitalized Show in a Provocative & Powerful New Role

Sarah Brown, perhaps best known to fans for her creation of the iconic, tortured troublemaker Carly on “General Hospital,” has joined the cast of “Days of our Lives,” NBC’s longest-running scripted television series.  Brown is considered one of daytime television’s best working actresses, having won a jaw-dropping three Emmy Awards for ” General Hospital,” and delighting fans on “As the World Turns” and “The Bold & the Beautiful.”  She joins “Days of our Lives” as it begins revolutionary changes to focus on heroic love, intrigue, core family values, and the triumphant return of daytime royalty Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as Marlena Evans and John Black.

Brown will play “Madison James,” a powerful and seductive CEO who looks to take on, in way or another, Sami, Kate, Brady, and Victor. “‘Days of our Lives’ is one of television’s historic gems,” Brown says.  “I’m excited to join such a talented cast as well as to play such a strong yet feminine character that will inspire our female viewer.”  Brown joins former cast members Matthew Ashford, Christie Clark, and Patrick Muldoon, who are returning to the show, in celebrating its 46th season on the air.  Greg Meng,  Co-Executive Producer, commented, “We are thrilled to have Sarah join our family at ‘Days.’  We needed a strong actress who can mold this character and go toe-to-toe with other strong actresses such as Alison Sweeney and Lauren Koslow. Madison defines a new femininity, displaying confidence, savvy, and elegance.”

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