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A look at the Nielsen Ratings & how they have impacted Soaps Ratings!

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Senior Vice President of Strategies and Digital Platforms for the Nielsen company, Scott Brown spoke with CBS Soaps In Depth about the controversy of how soaps at home viewing audiences are being counted which has had a tremendous impact on the ratings numbers for soaps.   The numbers that are a key component of why they are being canceled!

SID’s takeaway was two-fold ! According to Brown, “Shows viewed via TiVo or DVR within three days of their original broadcast are included in the overall Nielsen numbers.”  The flipside, “When it comes to shows viewed on-line — whether via Hulu or a specific network’s site — only count if the on-line version contains the exact same commercials as the network broadcast. Currently, none of the soaps which can be viewed online feature the same ads as the network broadcast, meaning that those viewing their shows in non-traditional formats are not being counted in the all-important Nielsen ratings!”    Here are a few other excerpts from this very important interview which sheds light on the mysterious ratings system.

Brown on difference between the basic Nielsen numbers and information gathered based on DVR or TiVo views: “We are dedicated to measuring what Americans are watching, however and whenever they’re watching it. With DVRs in almost 39 percent of American homes, DVR viewing is an important part of that equation. For a long time, Nielsen tracked live audience and VCR recording. Since 2007, we have tracked the live audience as well as the programs watched on DVR up to three days after the program aired live for the C3 measurement. This estimate actually looks at the commercial minutes performance to provide an average estimate of commercial viewing. Our Extended Screen Initiative is currently also measuring TV programs viewed on-line and on-demand, which will also be folded into the C3 rating.”

Brown on if networks count DVR/TiVo views: “C3 has become the standard in the industry and provides a more accurate reflection of the programs that are heavily DVR’d. In that sense, DVR audience has become very important to programmers as contributing substantial viewing.”

Brown on if watching soaps on network websites such as CBS.com or ABC.com will count for the ratings system: “Shows on CBS.com or ABC.com that are the exact same as the live broadcast version — with the same commercials — will be counted with the Extended Screen in C3.”

So, are soaps being misrepresented once again by the numbers?  Let us know your thoughts!

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If we can get a true number of how many people (overall) watch the superbowl, how come we can’t get a true number (without Nielsen) that watch soaps everyday? There is a large fan base for One Life to Live and All My Children that watch both shows in unconventional ways and I don’t believe those people are being taken into account. Soap fans are incredibly loyal and if ABC thinks they will draw in those viewers to watch the new shows that will displace their soaps, ABC is very mistaken. If it weren’t for soaps, no one would watch anything in the middle of the day. Period.

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The Chew Cancelled After 7 Seasons; A Slice Of Justice For All My Children Fans?

Karma is a bitch! ABC announced yesterday that the foodie series The Chew has been axed after seven seasons. 

The Chew lost significant viewers when ABC fired main co-host chef, Mario Batali after reports of alleged sexual harassment over many years. Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, and Michael Symon have remained the regular series hosts.

In addition, The Chew dropped 17% with women in the 18-49 demo and this has been its least watched season since its debut in 2011.  As ABC Daytime fans know, The Chew replaced iconic soap opera All My Children, when ABC made the decision to cancel the beloved soap and replace it with the food show.

So, let’s take a look at the numbers: All My Children lasted 41 years, while The Chew lasted 7 seasons. Hmm …

ABC noted that The Chew will cease production at the end of this season, but will continue to air until September with all-new episodes in June.  In addition, ABC announced that Good Morning America will expand to three hours.  Thus, switching up the ABC morning line-up.

So, are you glad that The Chew got fried?  Is this justice for All My Children fans who miss their beloved Pine Valley?  Comment below.

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All My Children Alum Kim Delaney Joins The Cast of CHICAGO FIRE!

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Pine Valley’s Jenny Gardner, who is all grown up and had a successful career in primetime television and films, has landed a primo role on NBC’s hit drama, Chicago Fire!

Casting news has revealed that Kim Delaney is joining the show in Season 6 where she will play the role of Jennifer Sheridan, the mother of Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney).

According to Deadline, Kim’s new role as Jennifer Sheridan is described as “warm, scripture-quoting and church-going. At one point she may have partied like it was 1979, but now it looks like she’s on the path of the straight and narrow. If you ask her, she’s moved on from the past, namely her messy divorce from her ex-husband Benny (Treat Williams), but old habits die very hard.”

Chicago Fire is currently on hiatus until after the Winter Olympics, when it begins again on March 1st.  As viewers know, in the last episode prior to the break, Kelly and Casey (Jesse Spenver) were seen jumping off a roof of a building while it was in flames in an exciting cliffhanger. (more…)

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TAINTED DREAMS Season 2 To Bow December 21st!

Tainted Dreams is back with a second season offering from Daytime Emmy-winning director and series creator, Sonia Blangiardo!

Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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