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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The Bold and the Beautiful
Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

While it doesn’t come as much of a surprise, Deadline Hollywood is reporting that ABC is renewing its commitment to “General Hospital” for the upcoming 2014-15 television season. The “GH” renewal follows the recent two-year “Days of our Lives” renewal by NBC, which was announced today, and last week’s renewal of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” by CBS.

Historically, as the network owns “GH” outright, ABC won’t necessarily make an “official” announcement as CBS and NBC have for their daytime soaps.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Pan Macmillan/Bell-Phillip Television Productions, Inc.

Pan Macmillan/Bell-Phillip Television Productions, Inc.

Gilles Toucas

Gilles Toucas

As previously reported, CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” announced a new partnership with Pan Macmillan and its digital-first imprint, Momentum, in which the publishing company will release a series of novellas surrounding several characters from the daytime soap opera. Today, it was announced that the first two of eight novellas will go on sale on Tuesday, January 28. An e-book version of each will be released worldwide. In Australia, paperback print copies will be available at the same time as the digital release.

“Love stories that have yet to be seen on television can now fully ignite between the covers of these novellas,” said “B&B” executive producer and head writer, Bradley P. Bell in announcing the deal last month. “This partnership with Pan Macmillan and Momentum expands the choices our fans have to be entertained by the signature characters of ‘The Bold and the Beautiful.’”

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It seems like just yesterday that the world was ready to nail the lid on the coffin of daytime soap operas. Ratings were low across the board, and a slew of sudsers — “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns,” “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” — were cancelled, leaving only “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” on the air. But to the surprise of critics and many soap fans, 2013 saw a drastic turnaround: All four remaining soap operas saw a significant increase in ratings, and “The Young and the Restless” once again made a list of the top 10 most-searched television programs of the year, among popular series like “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.” So why the complete 180 in daytime soap popularity?

Soap Opera Network recently attended an event at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, where soap opera insiders like John McCook (Eric Forrester, “B&B”), Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, “GH”), Marnie Saaita (casting director for “DAYS”) and Michael Maloney (author of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful”) discussed the recent resurgence and more. Read on to find out what these soap opera experts had to say about the genre’s past, present and future!

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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Fans of “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Karen Spencer may be in luck: The character’s portrayer, Joanna Johnson, has teased that she may soon be headed back to the soap opera!

During a Television Critics Association event this past week, the actress told reporters that not only has there been talk of having Karen back to the canvas, she’d be willing to give the sudser another go — despite the fact that she’s currently busy writing and producing the ABC Family series “The Fosters.” “This is more than a full-time job,” she said. “But I really do like going back.”

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

Ratings Report for the Week of January 6-10, 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 5,472,000 (+159,000/+833,000) * <—- 5 year high
2. B&B 4,135,000 (+8,000/+576,000)
3. GH 3,289,000 (-41,000/+433,000)
4. DAYS 2,991,000 (-30,000/+426,000)

* New high for JFP/Altman/Passanante regime
* Highest since December 28, 2008 – January 1, 2009

Households
1. Y&R 3.9/11 (+.2/+.5) * <—– 5 year high
2. B&B 2.9/8 (+.1/+.3) ** <—– 5.5 year high
3. GH 2.5/7 (+.1/+.4)
4. DAYS 2.2/6 (same/+.3)

* Last time at 3.9: Dec 28 – Jan 1, 2009
* New high for JFP/Altman/Passanante regime

** Last time at 2.9: April 28 – May 2, 2008

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

CBS Daytime is proving that it just won’t stop when it comes to high ratings, with the latest Nielsen live plus same day numbers showing another increase for “The Young and the Restless” and record breaking numbers for “The Talk!”

According to a CBS press release, “The Bold and the Beautiful” delivered a weekly audience of 4.14 million viewers for the week ending Sunday, January 12. Meanwhile, “The Young and the Restless” had its best week since January 2010 with a whopping 5.47 million viewers.

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Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television

Sonja Flemming/CBS

Sonja Flemming/CBS

The recent behind-the-scenes drama over at “The Young and the Restless” has created quite a storm, but a little bit of sunshine broke through the clouds today when CBS announced it has renewed the 40-year-old soap opera through 2017. Fans of the show have taken to Twitter to congratulate the cast and crew, and they’re not alone in the celebration: The actors are also thrilled that the sudser they call home received the official extension.

“This is amazing news!” Daniel Goddard (Cane) tweeted. “You, our amazing fans, will get to enjoy ‘Y&R’ for years to come!”

Added Joshua Morrow (Nicholas): “Huge thank you to all of our fans… U appreciate what we do… U stick with us through our ups and downs… our rich history lives on because of u!”

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CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

During the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour this morning, Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment, announced the early renewals of the network’s full daytime lineup consisting of soap operas “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless,” game shows “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Price is Right,” and talk show “The Talk.” The renewal for next season (2014-2015)  follows a season full of growth for the network in viewers and the all important key women sales demos for all of its daytime programs. “Y&R” was renewed through the 2016-2017 season, the network said.

“The return of all five of our CBS Daytime shows is a credit to the collaborative spirit of the casts, crews and staff who work tirelessly to make their creative vision come to life,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime. “A special thank you goes out to our loyal fans for watching and for making us #1 in daytime.”

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Bell-Phillip Television Productions; Corday Productions, Inc.

Bell-Phillip Television Productions; Corday Productions, Inc.

Ratings Report for the Week of December 30, 2013 – January 3, 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 5,313,000 (+473,000/+792,000) *
2. B&B 4,127,000 (+308,000/+699,000) **
3. GH 3,330,000 (+309,000/+570,000) ***
4. DAYS 3,021,000 (+273,000/+571,000) ****

* Highest since January 31 – February 4, 2011
* New high for Phelps/Altman/Passsanante regime

** Highest since February 25-29, 2008

*** New high for Valentini/Carlivati regime

**** Highest since January 31 – February 4, 2011
**** New high for Tomlin/Whitesell regime

Households
1. Y&R 3.7/10 (+.3/+.3) *
2. B&B 2.8/7 (+.1/+.3) **
3. GH 2.4/6  (+.1/+.3)
4. DAYS 2.2/6 (+.2/+.2) ***

* New high for Phelps/Altman/Passsanante regime
** Highest since/Last time at 2.8: January 26-30, 2009

*** New high for Tomlin/Whitesell regmine
*** Last time at 2.2: March 1-5, 2010

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Soap fans may remember Victor Alfieri for his stints on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” and NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” but these days the former soap star is battling attacks with a hairbrush, reports TMZ.

According to the website, the actor has filed a restraining order against 47-year-old Christopher Veech, who lives with Alfieri’s neighbor, following claims that he was attacked with a hairbrush last month and has previously been harassed by Veech for more than a year. Alfieri states that the right side of his face still hurts following the hairbrush attack and his right eye twitches as a result.

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