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In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, which just happens to be the mags annual Best & Worst issue, columnist Carolyn Hinsey ("It's Only My Opinion") shared her views of the best and worst of 2012 in the world of daytime soaps. While you can read her input by picking up your own copy, it is her statement that "OLTL will be back" that peaked our curiosity.

ABC's "General Hospital" is Daytime's Most Watched Program in Women 18-34 for the 6th time in 7 weeks, posting a two year-high in the key demographic, according to a press release issued today by ABC. ABC is Daytime's most watched in Women 18-34 and Women 18-49.

For more than 10 years fans of daytime soap operas have been coming to Soap Opera Network to find out how their favorite soap was faring in the weekly ratings report. From time to time we would also provide analysis of how they stacked up when compared to their broadcast counterparts in the talk show and game show genres, but we've never looked at how the broadcast soaps (and to a lesser extent the broadcast talk and game shows) compared to syndicated television. Not that it wasn't easy to provide a comparison, it was just never something we found necessary. In recent months, with the introduction of several syndicated talk shows including "Katie" and "The Steve Harvey Show," which together took over the 3:00 PM slot from "General Hospital" in much of the country this past September after "GH" moved to 2:00 PM, and the second season without "The Oprah Winfrey Show," things have changed. Recently, Broadcasting & Cable came out with a report that showed how syndicated programs might be a solid alternative to our soaps in the key demographics when it comes to Madison Avenue buying advertising time. While we wouldn't want advertisers to give up on our favorite shows, B&C does provide a solid rationalization and even highlights the value of soap operas when it comes to the all important key women demos (Women 18-49, Women 25-54, etc).

ABC’s “The Chew” returns for its second season MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (1:00-2:00 p.m. ET), bringing with it a smorgasbord of exciting guests, culinary creations and tips and tricks to make life healthier, easier and, frankly, a whole lot more fabulous. Season Two will also continue to showcase the hosts’ signature series, including “Five in Five,” “Mario’s Simple Italian,” “The Power of Oz,” as well as “Clinton’s Craft Corner” and “C&C Food Factory.”

Sunday, September 23 marks ABC's turn to host the "The Primetime Emmy Awards" (now in its 64th year) and in honored tradition the network will also be airing the pre-show, "Emmys Red Carpet Live." This year the red carpet festivities will be hosted by the network's Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer ("Good Morning America" and "Good Afternoon America"), Chris Harrison ("The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette") and Clinton Kelly ("The Chew").

Although "Good Afternoon America" showed some gains over the recent performance of ratings eyesore "The Revolution," those gains could only last so long. The ABC News daytime talk show hosted by "Good Morning America's" Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott has also failed to bring in an audience on par with the year-ago airings of the canceled "One Life to Live" after five weeks of ratings data (week of August 6-10, 2012).

Citing poor financial conditions, ABC affiliate WKDH, located in Houston, Mississippi and serving the Columbus, Tupelo, and West Point television markets, will cease operations at the end of this month.

Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz travel coast to coast -- from California and New York to Hawaii and Nashville -- to bring viewers a sneak peek at the ABC Fall Primetime lineup. Interviewing some of the network's hottest new stars, the special has something for everyone. From diva-filled musical drama and deep and dark desires to quirky and "out of this world" comedies and thrillers, "The Chew Presents ABC's Primetime Fall Preview Special" airs Sunday, September 2 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

As Soap Opera Network first reported on March 16, Deadline's Nellie Andreeva is reporting that ABC has officially canceled "The Revolution" and plans to slide "General Hospital" into the 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT timeslot beginning Monday, September 10, the same day the network hands over the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT time period to affiliates. The news was later reported by The New York Times.

Before we post the daytime soap opera ratings for the week of March 26-30, 2012, our friend Marc Berman at TV Media Insights has posted the latest ratings for daytime talk shows and things are still looking very bad for ABC's "The Revolution" while "The Chew" has sustained a similar total audience in comparison to former time-period occupant "All My Children." "The View" was in repeats, while "The Talk" on CBS was up year-to-year in total viewers and Women 25-54, flat in Women 18-49 and down in Women 18-34.
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