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  • Katie Couric: ‘General Hospital’s’ Savior?

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    Disney/ABC Television Group
    On June 6, 2011, ABC finally announced (after months of rumors) that it had signed a deal with former "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric to host a new daily syndicated talk show, and that said show would replace veteran soap opera "General Hospital" in the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT/CT timeslot. While initially the decision brought fear to soap opera fans, who only two months prior learned that ABC Daytime's two other veteran soaps ("All My Children" and "One Life to Live") would be replaced by two new food and lifestyle centered talk shows ("The Chew" and "The... READ MORE
  • ‘General Hospital’ Hits Four-Month High in Key Demos, ‘The Revolution’ Continues Poor Performance

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    Donna Svennevik/ABC
    "General Hospital" is the only soap opera left on the ABC Daytime schedule and is also the longest running dramatic series in the networks history. Unfortunately, the soap is facing the same cancellation danger that its former network counterparts ("All My Children" and "One Life to Live") faced just over a year ago before ABC officially announced the two would go off the air in a press release. Before any decision on the future of "GH" is ultimately made, the drama series is showing an uptick in key demos and viewership. READ MORE
  • ‘The Chew’ Attracts Largest Audience Since Premiere, But Remains Below ‘All My Children’

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    Crag Sjodin/ABC
    As in previous weeks, ratings for soaps are unavailable at press time but the numbers are out for talk shows including "The Chew," "The Talk" and "The View." READ MORE
  • Disney/ABC Announces Over 60% Station Clearance of ‘Katie'; Talk Show Scheduled to Replace ‘GH’ in September 2012

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    Disney/ABC Television Group
    As previously reported, ABC soap opera "General Hospital" will lose its coveted 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM CT/PT timeslot beginning in September 2012 when the network hands the hour back to its local affiliates. The move will leave ABC's daytime lineup with just three hours left to program with "The View" already secured in the 11:00 AM ET/10:00 AM CT/PT slot. New talk shows "The Chew" and "The Revolution" will go head-to-head with "General Hospital" when it comes to the almighty dollar (ie. which show brings in enough income relative to cost) in a battle for the remaining two hours... READ MORE
  • ABC Moving Much of Its Daytime Operations to New York City

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    Disney/ABC Television Group
    With the cancellations of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" back in April it was unclear at the time as to where their replacement shows "The Chew" and "The Revolution" would film their daily episodes. Now with "Chew" filming in New York and soon "The Revolution" set to begin filming in New York as well, Soap Opera Network has learned that ABC Daytime is shifting much of its operations to New York City including talent management and media relations. READ MORE
  • Ratings Reflection: ‘All My Children’ Ranks Second in Households Season to Date

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    Steve Fenn/ABC
    You may be asking yourself why in the world would we be doing a ratings reflection that highlights ABC's canceled "All My Children" as ranking second in households (amongst all soaps) for the season when the show has already gone off the air with its last episode airing on Friday, September 23 and talk show "The Chew" already replacing the soap in its old timeslot. If I were to tell you that because ABC scheduled the series finale of "AMC" during the first week of the 2011-2012 television season that the soap would remain in the season-to-date rankings until... READ MORE
  • ‘The Chew’ Continues to Erode Viewers from ABC Daytime Lineup

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    Disney/ABC Television Group
    Ratings for the week of October 3-7, 2011 have not come out for soap operas as of this writing, but ratings for "The Chew" are! The talk show that replaced "All My Children" in the ABC Daytime lineup is now down to an average of just 1.78 million viewers tuning in for cooking advice according to Marc Berman of TV Media Insights. READ MORE
  • WABC Bumps ‘Chew,’ ‘OLTL’ for Parade Coverage

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    Disney/ABC Television Group
    ABC's flagship station will likely leave some New York soap fans upset Monday when the affiliate pre-empts "The Chew" and "One Life to Live" for continuous coverage of the 67th Annual Columbus Day parade, relegating both shows to the early hours of Tuesday morning. READ MORE
  • Chew Watch: A Look at Talk Shows Performance in Women 18-49

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    Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC
    Marc Berman of TV Media Insights has been doing an excellent job in reporting the overnight ratings data for ABC's new daytime talk show "The Chew," which replaced soap opera "All My Children" in the 1:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT timeslot on Monday, September 26. Since the talker debuted it has lost ground compared to "AMC's" performance at the same point last year in television households. Now more than a week since its debut, Berman has revealed that the show is also losing ground in the all important Women 18-49 sales demographic compared to how "All My Children" had... READ MORE
  • Soap Opera: Uncensored: The Return of Nelson Branco!

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    Nelson Branco, best known as the writer of the popular Suds Report column for website TV Guide Canada and his contributions to magazine Hello! Canada is back! This time he's Uncensored. With Soap Opera: Uncensored fans of Branco will notice the same writing style from his Suds Report, which includes an interview, translated comments on daytime moves, a breakdown of what's happening on each soap and his uber popular Blind Items. READ MORE