“Yesterday, I found out I was pregnant…actually, in the same day they told me I had cancer and then I didn’t, I was pregnant,” says Blanca Soto, a Telenovela star of her character Camila Nájera de Negrete on “El Talismán” (aka: The Talisman). If that plot twist sounds familiar to you, it’s because that’s generally the storyline twists and turns we’ve come to expect on American daytime soap operas. The only difference is more viewers are tuning into Telenovelas on networks such as Univision and Telemundo than they are on ABC, CBS, or NBC, who are consistently losing viewers in record numbers. In a new report by ABC News “Nightline,” reporter Matt Gutman explores how telenovelas are thriving while American soaps are struggling to survive.
The Friday, June 20 telecast of the “35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” on ABC was the least watched in the ceremonies history and the network placed third overall against repeats on the other networks.
Just 5.4 million viewers tuned into the two-hour telecast to watch ABC’s “General Hospital” take home its 10th Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. The series has won the Emmy in this category more than any other series in Emmy history.