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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Ghost Pepper Entertainment, Inc.

Ghost Pepper Entertainment, Inc.

Cancel your evening plans and grab some popcorn, because ‘Soap Life,’ a documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the American soap opera, was released today!

Available on a variety of platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox, Playstation and Vudu, the film explores the histories of soaps like “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “Guiding Light,” attempting to find out why — despite millions of fans and loyal viewers — so many iconic shows have disappeared from the American television landscape.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

As we previously reported, Johanna Johnson had teased that she may be returning to “The Bold and the Beautiful” as Karen Spencer — and it turns out, her mysterious comments were rooted in absolute fact!

Though her gig as writer and executive producer of ABC Family’s “The Fosters” has kept her quite busy, she managed to find time to film a couple of episodes for the sudser she previously called home: A rep for the show confirms that she’ll be headed back to the canvas for a short stint taking place on Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17.

Johnson, who originated the roles of twins Karen and Caroline in 1991, recently tweeted: “Worked with [Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke)], and it was like a flashback to when we started on B&B 27 yrs ago!”



Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Soap opera ratings for the end of February may have been a little low (as Soap Opera Network reported here), but as for the month as a whole? “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” kicked some major you-know-what!

According to Nielsen live plus same day ratings, both CBS sudsers championed during February Sweeps, boasting their largest February audiences since 2008! “Y&R” averaged 5.28 million viewers, up 13% from last year, while “B&B” averaged 3.88, up 8% since last year.

What’s more, “The Talk” and “Let’s Make a Deal” delivered their best February sweeps performances ever! “The Talk” averaged 2.94 million viewers, and “Let’s Make a Deal” averaged 3.23 million viewers. “The Price Is Right” was also up in ratings since last year, averaging 5.46 viewers.

Congratulations, CBS!



Bell-Phillip Television Productions (Top); Sony Pictures Television (Bottom)

Bell-Phillip Television Productions (Top); Sony Pictures Television (Bottom)

Ratings Report for the Week of February 24-28, 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 4,839,000 (-387,000/+225,000)
2. B&B 3,585,000 (-212,000/+27,000)
3. GH 2,877,000 (-162000/+112,000)
4. DAYS 2,686,000 (-150,000/+169,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.6/12 (-.2/+.3)
2. B&B 2.7/9 (-.1/+.1)
3. GH 2.2/7 (-.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 2.0/6 (-.1/+.1)

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

“The Bold and the Beautiful” is amping up the intrigue this March with some major “oh no they didn’t!” plot points: Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and Katie (Heather Tom) have a sensual sex session, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Bill (Don Diamont) go on booze benders, dead Darla (Schae Harrison) makes a ghostly return and Aly (Ashlyn Pearce) brings whole new meaning to the term “super strange!” Read on for more details, straight from TV Guide and “B&B’s” executive producer, Bradley P. Bell!

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Craig Sjodin/ABC

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Some of daytime’s most popular stars are taking a break from their dramatic, twist-and-turn-filled storylines and grabbing the mic for an all-night fan-filled crooning session!

On Friday, April 11, fans can join Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, “General Hospital”), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Carey, “All My Children;” Macy Alexander, “The Bold & The Beautiful”), Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester, “B&B”), Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery, “AMC;” Heather Stevens, “Y&R”), Kristen Alderson (Kiki Jerome, “GH;” Starr Manning, “One Life to Live”) and Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward, “AMC;” David Chow, “Y&R”) for a one-night only concert event called Soap Stars Sing!

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

Ratings Report for the Week of February 17-21, 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 5,226,000 (-63,000/+500,000)
2. B&B 3,797,000 (-32,000/+172,000)
3. GH 3,039,000 (+27,000/+154,000)
4. DAYS 2,836,000 (-45,000/+102,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.8/12 (same/+.4)
2. B&B 2.8/8 (+.1/+.2)
3. GH 2.3/7 (+.1/+.2)
4. DAYS 2.1/6 (same/+.1)

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The OnLine Network

The OnLine Network

The official Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards were announced earlier today, and fans of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” may have noticed something peculiar: Both online versions of the shows were much less represented than their network counterparts.

Despite the National Academy of Televisions Arts & Sciences declaring last October that the web sudsers were eligible to compete against “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Days of our Lives” and “General Hospital,” only four actors are on the list: Oustanding Younger Actress pre-nominees Kelley Missal (Danielle Manning, “OLTL”) and Denyse Tontz (Miranda Montgomery, “AMC”) and Outstanding Younger Actor pre-nominees Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey King, “OLTL”) and Eric Nelson (AJ Chandler, “AMC”).

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

“The Young and the Restless” viewers weren’t exactly thrilled when popular actor Billy Miller announced that he would be exiting the role of Billy Abbott, but the rough waters were mostly calmed when former portrayer David Tom (brother of “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Heather Tom [Katie Logan]) swooped in to take back the role. It’s been a fairly smooth transition for most viewers, but jumping into the middle of such an intense storyline — the death of Delia and having been outed for cheating on Victoria (Amelia Heinle) —was a bit of an adjustment for the actor!

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Playboy Enterprises

Playboy Enterprises

Playboy may have found popularity by publishing risqué photos of women, but as the old excuse goes, some people actually read it “for the articles.” And those who picked up the March 2014 issue of the popular mag for reading purposes only were in for a lovely daytime related surprise: The publication stripped down popular primetime series made predominately for a male audience and declares they’re exactly like “The Bold and the Beautiful,” The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital,” and “Days of our Lives” — with a manly twist.

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