According to a report by FOX News, Disney/ABC Domestic Television might be looking to replace Katie Couric and her talker “Katie” just as the show gets ready to wrap its first season in July.
“While all television is going through a difficult time and programming is having a hard time finding its niche, Katie’s new talk show does not live up its expectations,” a source closely connected to the ABC show told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “Whatever constraints Katie experienced anchoring ‘Evening News’ [it is] certainly taking its toll, and her return to daytime has backfired.”
Missed the “20/20″ special dedicated to ABC’s “General Hospital”? ABCNews.com has uploaded the entire thing (broken into segments) for your viewing pleasure! If you prefer watching the entire thing straight through, ABC.com also uploaded the entire episode.
On Saturday, April 6, “A Special Edition of 20/20 with Katie Couric: General Hospital – The Real Soap Dish” beat out the first original airing of NBC’s “Smash” in head to head combat with the Katie Couric hosted special ranking second in both Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, behind only the “NCAA Basketball Tournament,” according to TVbytheNumbers.
When you’re a soap fan, it’s tough not to imagine what it would feel like to be in a hot, sweaty love scene with a daytime stud or a fierce, all-out catfight with an iconic diva. Heck, most fans would even kill just for the chance to walk on stage as a background extra! No matter how small or large of a part you’ve may have dreamed of playing on one of your favorite daytime dramas, “General Hospital’s” casting director, Mark Teschner, tells you how to make it happen!
“Fifty Shades of Grey’s” Christian and Ana get all the glory for pushing the boundaries when it comes to how sexuality is portrayed via mainstream entertainment, but soap operas are the true pioneers of bringing sensuality and seduction to popular culture. You just have to look at “General Hospital” to prove it!
On the Thursday, April 4 edition of “Katie,” Katie Couric takes you behind the scenes of ABC’s “General Hospital” as she prepares for her “GH” debut!
While the talk show host conducts sit down interviews with a number of your favorite stars from the soap on her set, including Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) and Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), it’s the behind the scenes videos from her time at “GH’s” Prospect Studios in Los Angeles, CA where the real dish lies. In fact, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis) even provides viewers with a humorous “size me up” that even Couric can’t stop herself from laughing over…until the ladies duke it out over Colin Firth!
“General Hospital” has seen a whirlwind of publicity celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and it looks like “Katie” is the next show to join in on the fun and feature the iconic soap and its beloved stars. Host Katie Couric and an audience filled with die-hard “GH” fans will be spending a full hour paying homage to the long-running drama, and several Port Charles residents are slated to participate!
As “General Hospital’s” 50th anniversary celebration kicks into high gear this week with a very special episode airing Tuesday, April 2 (episode was originally scheduled to air on Monday, April 1 as the 50th anniversary celebratory episode), fans will have no chance of avoiding the cast of the series as they grace your TV screens in more ways than one.
As previously reported by Soap Opera Network, ABC News’ “20/20″ will be honoring the 50th anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital” on Saturday, April 6. Dubbed “‘General Hospital’ – The Real Soap Dish,” Katie Couric will take viewers behind the scenes of the fictional town of Port Charles, NY. The hour-long special will include interviews with such “GH” stars as Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer), Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones), Rick Springfield (Noah Drake), Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri) and many more. Fans will also get to hear from Frank Valentini, who has spearheaded the soap into increased ratings since taking over as executive producer in January 2012.
via Press Release
Ratings Report, Week of September 10, 2012
(Metered Market Live + Same Day Ratings)
“Katie” Opens as the Definitive No. 1 New Daytime Talk Show in HH and W25-54
Freshman “Katie” Outranks Key Returning Shows in Women 25-54,
Beating the Premiere Weeks of “Dr. Phil,” “Dr. Oz” and “Anderson Live”
Winning the Week in Each of the Top 3 U.S. Markets, “Katie”
Ranks No. 1 in its Time Period in 14 Metered Markets Among Homes
“Katie” Finishes Out its Premiere Week with a Kick, Spiking
+29% in HHs and +38% in W25-54 from Thursday to Friday
“Katie” Debut Week Ratings (w/o of 9/10/12)
Debuting amidst one of the most competitive landscapes in years for syndicated talkers, “Katie” opened as the clear No. 1 freshman daytime talk show, winning all 5 days of its opening week in Homes. On average during the week, “Katie” held wide advantages over its freshman competitors in both Households (2.3/7) and Women 25-54 (1.2/7), including “Steve Harvey” (+64%/+33%), “Jeff Probst” (+188%/140%) and “Ricki Lake” (+229%/+200%).
Newcomer “Katie” also performed extremely well against the returning talk shows. In HHs and W25-54, freshman “Katie” towered over sophomore “Anderson Live” in its first week (+92%/+140%) and beat out the premiere of veteran “Dr. Oz” by 5% and 20%, respectively. Furthermore, “Katie” bested the premiere week of “Dr. Phil” by 20% in Women 25-54 and ran in a near-tie in Households (pacing within 1-tenth of a rating point and tied in audience share). Overall, “Katie” opened as TV’s No. 3 syndicated talk show in Women 25-54.
“Katie” delivered the No. 1 position in its time period in 14 metered markets among Households, including the Top 3 U. S. markets of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. In addition among Women 25-54, the new show won its time slot in both New York and Los Angeles for the week.
Finishing out premiere week with a kick, “Katie” shot up from its Thursday telecast to its Friday telecast by +29% Households and by +38% in Women 25-54 from day to day.
“Katie” is executive-produced by Katie Couric and Jeff Zucker and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Co-executive producers are Kathy Samuels and Michael Bass and the program is directed by Joseph Terry.
Source: WRAP Overnights, Weighted U.S. Metered Market Averages, Live + Same Day (w/o 09/10/12).