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After Two Days: Katie Strong, Steve Harvey Solid, Ricki Lake Perked Up, Probst Falling Fast!

The overnights for the first two days of the new line-up of daytime talks shows has come in. And now via TV Media Insights, while the first two days may not spell the actual path these shows will take and if they will succeed or fail,  there are a few pieces of information and good data to glean from it!

So here we go: “Using the two key benchmarks – lead-in and year-ago time period average – Katie Couric from Disney-ABC remains the top-rated and Steve Harvey continues to impress. Ricki Lake from Twentieth Television perked up among women 25-54, but Jeff Probst from CBS Television Distribution nosedived from its already lackluster opening levels.  Based on the weighted household averages from Nielsen (primary telecasts only), Katie averaged a 2.3 rating/7 share in the overnights on Tuesday (in 52 markets), which dipped by 18 percent from the 2.8/ 8 for its debut on Monday. The lead-in was a 2.4/ 8 and the year-ago time period average was identical at a 2.3/ 7 (and Katie outdelivered No. 2 Steve Harvey by 64 percent). But results among women 25-54 (1.0/ 6) did, however, dip by 23 percent from both benchmarks.

Steve Harvey remains right on par with its week one performance, with the 1.4/ 4 in households yesterday (based on 55 markets) up by 27 percent from the lead-in (1.1/ 4) and 40 percent from the year-ago time period average (1.0/ 3). Results among women 25-54 (0.9/ 3) also increased by double-digit percentages from the two benchmarks, and Harvey outdelivered Katie in women 25-54 in five of the top 10 markets (including a 1.1/ 7 in New York vs. a 0.8/ 5 for Katie). Get used to Steve Harvey — he is here to stay.

Ricki Lake (in 54 markets), which was still not available in about 40 percent of homes in the New York DMA because of a retrans dispute between Cablevision and Tribune, dropped from a 0.8/ 2 (and not a 0.6/ 2 as reported yesterday) to a 0.7/ 2 out of a 1.0/ 3. The year-ago time period was a 1.1/ 3. So there is erosion aplenty. But results among women 25-54 grew from a 0.4/ 2 to a 0.5/ 3, which was equal to both the lead-in and year-ago time period averages.

Last, and very least, was Jeff Probst which dropped 30 percent in households from a 1.0/ 3 on Monday to a 0.7/ 2 on Tuesday (in 51 markets). Comparably, that was off by 42 percent from the lead-in (1.2/ 4) and 36 percent from the Sept. 2011 time period (1.1/ 3), with erosion among women 25-54 at a significant 43 percent (0.7/ 4 to 0.4/ 2).”

We will bring you the two day totals for General Hospital later today, which moved in to its new timeslot with an impressive 2.5/8 in households on Monday.  So have you checked out any of the daytime talkers and compared them? Let us know!

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Brian
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Brian

No, have not checked them out, nor will I ever. It’s GH (and OLTL if it ever comes back) for me and nothing else.

And if we lose GH, then daytime tv will have lost another viewer.

Hilary
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Hilary

I have watched Probst, and IMO, there is alot of potential. I like his style, he’s a good talk show host. But this show was not marketed well, it should have had bigger promos over the summer. And as for the show itself, again, it’s got potential, but they do WAY TOO MUCH in one episode. Three stories, and three little fun things. That’s too much, it really is. I hope they re-evaluate and re-tool it and that it has more of a chance, cuz I like Probst, but this show in its current format is not doing it for… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

It’s just beginner’s luck for Katie….Give her 2 to 3 wks. And her ratings will flop for sure….Viewers will get bored after a while….A short while……Gh is a survivor!!!! GH is ROCKIN & ROLLIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Viewers will lose interest in all that talking crap-polla…………………….GH ratings look very promising!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A positive outlook!!!!As I said GH is a survivor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

susan M.
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susan M.

Katie’s show will flop & she will be going on her next venture…..And not on daytime programing ….. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have nothing against her personally…I just don’t want another talk show on daytime anymore..In fact no talk shows on daytime…Katie should be on in the morning……………………..Where she has been ………………There is no room for Katie’s talk show on daytime………

Scott
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Scott

nope just gh and have no interest in any of the talk shows. i would prefer all my abc soaps to return.

ricardo
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ricardo

I LOVE THE RICKI LAKE SHOW. I THINK RICKI WILL LAST FOR A LONG TIME, KATIE COURIC LOOKS LIKE A HIT. SHE SEEMS COMFORTABLE IN WHAT SHE IS DOING. AS LONG AS GENERAL HOSPITAL IS STILL ON THE AIR. THE RATINGS WILL HOPEFULLY GO HIGHER AND HIGHER. BRING ERKA SLEZAK AS VIKI FOR A VISIT.

LynandZoe
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LynandZoe

Soap fans continue to bash Katie Couric as if she was the one to cancel AMC and OLTL. Get a grip folks because if it wasn’t her show it would be something else as ABC clearly want out of the soap business. I’m not a fan of Katie’s but I don’t have anything against her either. So people can root for her show to fail all they want because no matter what happens, they will NOT be bringing back those two soaps and GH will still most likely get the boot in a year.

Jean Mack
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Jean Mack

I never liked Katie on Today but tuned in for CBS news, still didn’t like her
and giving one more chance, tuned in to latest, “Katie”. Nothing new there.
Same-old-same-old. BORING, have never watched a full episode.

This show will never make it. Okay for a mid-afternoon nap.

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Kristina Wagner Shares She’s Back On Contract at General Hospital

This past week, General Hospital fans were thrilled with the news that longtime fan favorite, Kristina Wagner (Felicia) was on her way back to the soap opera to tape new episodes.  However on Saturday, the actress shared even bigger news.  She is back on contract at the ABC daytime drama series.

Kristina revealed via her Instagram: “I’m pleased to announce I just finished my first work week on contract with General Hospital. The good people there have made it a well oiled machine. I’m so impressed with the way they navigate the Covid protocols. It’s not easy but we’ll worth it. We’ve got some fun storylines coming up. I’ve been thrown in the middle of a current storyline and I think Felicia’s part in it gives it some color. Stay tuned!”

Earlier in the week on Tuesday via Twitter, Kristina expressed: “Tomorrow I head back to work on General Hospital! Lucky me. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of that family once again. Here we go. More to come. Felicia Scorpio rides again.”

Wagner began her GH role as Felicia Cummings, the Aztec princess back in 1984 and has appeared on and off the show since then.

So what storyline do you think Felicia will get thrown into? Will she return to Port Charles to help Maxie (Kirsten Storms)?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud Deliver One-Two Punch as Britt & Carly Grieve the Loss of Jason

When General Hospital goes for the emotional jugular, it is very often top-notch daytime drama, and that was on full display through Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series in key scenes as the news of Jason’s ‘death’ hit Port Charles.

In the wake of Steve Burton’s (Ex-Jason) dismissal from the show for not adhering to the vaccine mandate, it did open up the story and provide for a huge fallout for those who loved the mob hitman.

In the end, it was Carly (Laura Wright) and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), who seemingly felt the loss the hardest.  Initially, upon learning how Jason ‘died’ helping Britt locate her mother, Liesl (Kathleen Gati), a defiant Carly blamed Britt for Jason never coming home.

In Wednesday’s episode, we saw how Carly and Britt tried to cope with the knowledge that Jason was buried under a rubble in a cave, with no sign of life, or his body found.

Overwhelmed with grief, Carly heads to the footbridge to be close to the spirit of Jason and to mourn him as tears flow.  She is stunned to see Britt show up there, too.  Carly is surprised that Britt even knew about the bridge that Jason had rebuilt thank to a generous donation from him.  Britt tells Carly that she and Jason had a lot of time to talk while they were on the run.  After Carly explains that Jason was her person and had been her other half, Britt offers to leave. S he expresses that she thought coming to the bridge would make her feel closer to Jason.

Then, in a heartbreaking moment, Britt assures Carly that she blames herself for what happened to Jason and hates herself.  Then, Carly has a moment of clarity that Jason would want her to forgive Britt.  Generous thoughts never come naturally to Carly, but Jason always set her straight on how to handle life’s most difficult situations.

In the final moments of the episode, with both women in tears, Britt moves to the center of the bridge with her arm around Carly, after Carly tells her she doesn’t want her to go.  The two stand together bonded over the man they both loved.

These scenes were masterfully played by Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud. They were gut-wrenching, powerful, and sad all at the same time.  We think many viewers needed several hankies during these scenes.

So, what did you think of the Carly and Britt bridge scenes …. and the work of Laura and Kelly? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Has No Immediate Plans to Recast the Role of Jason Morgan Following Steve Burton’s Departure

According to a report from Variety, ABC’s General Hospital is not planning on recasting the role of Jason Morgan at this time, following the exit of Steve Burton.

The two-time Daytime Emmy winning star was let-go from the soap after not adhering to their Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

The mandate went into effect on November 1st and in story, the series wrote Burton out, but still left wiggle room for the character to return.

Jason was buried under a rubble when a cave collapsed on top of him, while he was trying to apprehend arch-villain, Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his exit announcement on Instagram, Burton did express: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan.”  Steve had played the role of Jason since 1991, but with a four-year break at Y&R, before returning to the role in 2017.

Now whether down the line, GH does eventually recast Jason remains to be seen.

So, it looks like Jason will be off the canvas for awhile, and Port Charles will continue to grieve for him.

So, what are your thoughts? Should GH leave Jason off the canvas? Should they recast down the line?  Comment below.

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