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"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" has been entertaining millions of late night talk show fans since debuting earlier this year as an escape from late night talk shows. The premise of the HBO series is that host John Oliver takes a closer look at the happenings of the past week in terms of news, politics and social media, and culls it altogether into one half hour of entertainment that seeks to empower and inform its viewers. In a segment highlighting a "CBS This Morning" report on a device known as the Salmon Cannon, Oliver, who was so in awe of the Salmon Cannon concept, gives viewers insight into the purpose (it helps push the Salmon that typically get caught in hydroelectric dams over said dams) and decided to make his own, which resulted in the flying fish hitting several of television's biggest stars including "The Young and the Restless'" Sharon Case (Sharon Newman) during a made up "Y&R" scene featuring co-star Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) as the two fight over Sharon's hidden secrets.
With ABC becoming full owner of "The View," after buying out Barbara Walters' stake over the summer, the network announced today that the daytime talker will now fall under the purview of ABC News after more than 17 years under the entertainment division, this despite a drastic makeover this fall with the inclusion of three new hosts joining Whoopi Goldberg on the panel. With the talk show now falling under the umbrella of the news division, “General Hospital" and "The Chew" remain the only entertainment programming airing during the daytime on the network.
On Thursday, October 23, stars from ABC's "General Hospital," "The Chew" and "The View" partied throughout the night during the annual ABC Casino Night, which took place in New York City, as they schmoozed alongside sales clients at Guastavino's. Those in attendance included "GH's" Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos), Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe), Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake), Ryan Paevey (Nathan West), Vinessa Antoine (Jordan Ashford) and William deVry (Julian Jerome). The actors were joined by "GH" executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati.
On the Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24 episodes of ABC's "The Chew," the cooking show will feature a soap star in the kitchen as "General Hospital's" Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake) and "All My Children" alum Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo Santos) are set to join celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly and health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz for some fine dining.
Each Monday, we plan to publish our weekly Daytime Ratings Report, which covers the broadcast soaps, game shows and talk shows. Unfortunately, due to an arm injury I sustained last Thursday, my typing skills have been put to the test and the report was delayed. Alas, I'm feeling a lot less pain than I did for much of the past week so here now is the daytime ratings report for the week of September 29-October 3, 2014. Better late than never, right? This week we highlight how the broadcast shows ranked overall in Total Viewers, Men 18+, Adults 18-49 and Median Age.
As Soap Opera Network gets ready to celebrate its 13th anniversary on Wednesday, October 8, we are proud to announce that we will begin providing our readers with weekly ratings reports for not just the daytime soaps, but also talk shows "The Chew," "The Talk," "The View," "The Today Show 2" and "The Today Show 3," as well as game shows "Let's Make a Deal" and "The Price is Right," along with the previously reported ratings for "The Young and the Restless," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." The charts, which will vary week to week, does not take away from the weekly daytime drama rankings we will continue posting each week, but instead represents what daytime programming as a whole looks like when compared with one another and not based solely on genre.
KABC featured on set interviews with the likes of Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Sean Blakemore (Shawn), Jason Thompson (Patrick), Laura Wright (Carly), Ryan Paevey (Nathan) and executive producer Frank Valentini to promote the time slot switch of ABC's "General Hospital" back to 2:00 PM beginning Monday, September 8 in the Los Angeles market, while it's New York counterpart, WABC, has released several promos highlighting the sexy storylines and hot stars of the daytime drama series including the aforementioned Thompson and Wright, William deVry (Julian), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie). "GH" moves back to 3:00 PM in the New York market also on Monday, September 8.
As previously reported, seven of the eight ABC Owned Television (OTV) stations - WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham - along with KSAT in San Antonio will be moving "General Hospital" back to its former time period of 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM CT/PT beginning Monday, September 8.
With the new television season kicking off in just a few weeks, ABC stations that signed up to air the no longer in production daytime talker "Katie" in 2012, following ABC's decision to secede the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT network time slot to their affiliates in hopes that most of them would choose to pick up the talk show, has resulted in some of those stations deciding to move the network's "General Hospital" back to where it aired for more than 25 of its 51+ year run, it was confirmed today by ABC.
For the just concluded May Sweeps ratings period, ABC's "General Hospital" attracted its largest audience in seven years in Total Viewers (3.068 million) and best performance in three years in Women 18-49 (747,000/1.2 rating) and Women 25-54 (999,000/1.6 rating) – since May Sweeps 2007 and 2011, respectively. The soap ranked as the #1 daytime show in Women 18-49 (tied in rating). Further, "GH" stood as the #1 program in Women 18-34 (252,000/0.7 rating), hitting a 4 year high in the demo – since May Sweeps 2010.