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ABC's "General Hospital" and "The View" ranked #1 in Women 18-34 for the week of January 21-25, 2013. Both series averaged a 0.7 rating in the key sales demo. This marks "GH's" 10th time in the past 11 weeks to rank #1 in the demo.
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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.

Over the years we've found that a number of our readers and community members are interested in topics other than what's happening on their favorite daytime soaps. Therefore, Soap Opera Network is happy to present you with our first edition of our weekly Daytime Talk/Morning TV Listings. Here you'll find out who will be appearing on some of your favorite talk shows and morning news programs. Listings for "CBS This Morning" and "The Talk" were not available at press time.

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 "General Hospital" posted its largest overall audience in nearly 21 months (since week of February 21-25, 2011) as the daytime drama series averaged 2.82 million viewers during the week of November 5-9, 2012. This was the programs largest overall audience under executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati.The series was up 21% compared to the same week last year (week of November 7-11, 2011) in Total Viewers (2.82 million vs. 2.27 million), 54% in Women 18-34 (266,000 vs. 161,000) and 23% in Women 18-49 (679,000 vs 571,000). "General Hospital" edged "The Young and the Restless" in Women 18-34 with its largest competitive advantage in nearly 4 1/2 years (since week of June 23, 2008).

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).

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.

"General Hospital" and "The Revolution" are both fighting for a spot on the fall 2012-2013 schedule on ABC Daytime, although neither appear to be making a solid case for themselves.

Call it the case of a pissed off audience or call it a fluke, but whatever it is the mystery of where "General Hospital's" audience went by its Friday, March 2, 2012 episode is up in the air.

"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.