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GH slides in ratings hits all-time low! AMC in the basement!

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Not a good week in the ratings for ABC soaps!  The ratings are out for the week of October 25th – 28th and it shows that General Hospital hit an all-time low in total households and lost another 98,000 total viewers according to the ratings provided by Soap Opera Network. It would seem Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo’s return and the Brenda storyline antics are at this point, not translating to the viewing audience.

Elsewhere, All My Children ended up in sixth place of the six network daytime drama series.  AMC lost another 39, 00 viewers this past week.   The bright spot in the ABC Daytime line-up is once again One Life to Live which has continued week after week in October into November delivering compelling interwoven stories and high stakes drama, and the only New York soap, is still at number #4 even though they also lost 9,000 viewers.

To see how the rest of the soaps made out with the at home viewing audience, check out the official numbers and rankings after the jump!

Ratings for the week October 25-29, 2010

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,878,000 (+16,000/-124,000)
2. B&B 3,108,000 (-79,000/-169,000)
3. DAYS 2,424,000 (-107,000/-535,000)
4. OLTL 2,345,000 (-9,000/-175,000)
5. GH 2,282,000 (-98,000/-446,000) <- new low (Previous low: 2,325,000 for July 6-10, 2009)
6. AMC 2,270,000 (-39,000/-452,000)

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Ann
Ann

Viewer are sending a message to the GH and ABC. In fact, they can’t speak any louder!! We do not like or support Guza’s vision for the show! It is time for Sonny and all his children to fade into the background and let other characters who the viewers want to see take the forefront for a while.
Come Monday morning, Guza and Phelps should be without a job!! The viewers haven’t left GH, GH left the viewers. We are waiting to come back,but we need a reason to return!

lew
lew

I totally agree!! Phelps & Guza have ruined GH. The writing, the acting and the directing are the best, but we have had enough of the daytime version of the Sopranos. I say put Sonny, Jason, Carly, Dante and Lulu on the back burner for a while and focus on other characters like the Quartermaines, Mac, Alexis, Diane and bring back Bobbie. How is it when things go wrong with her family, she is never around or talked about?

Anne
Anne

This is great for OLTL!! I stopped watching AMC years ago but it was only recently that I stopped watching GH. The Dante/Lulu/Brooklyn story is what really turned me off! Plus the wishy washy ways of Carly/Jax and Jason really wore thin! And when I heard Brenda was coming back, ugh I baled!! How long can Michael be in HS and how long can we the viewers be tortured by Sonnys kids and their ways?! Go back to the basics!! The Spencers/The Quartermains/The Hospital that is all the viewers really need. I may come back if they do that!!

Kellie
Kellie

I love VMG, but the writers didn’t do the return well, I was starting to get tired of them writing her like a shell, and the object for people to act around…the first month of her return she spent doing a lot of talking to 2 characters we didn’t know, then she got to PC and everyone whined around about how stupid, childish or man stealing she was, while she huddled in fear of falling for Sonny…I love SnB but come on…she can’t be in a room with him without loosing it. The format of this show needs to change. Stunt casting and writing for just a handful of people out of the whole cast isn’t working. A variety of better, interesting stories for more of the cast is the way to go. Look at the hey day of the show..the thing that was better was the variety of stories, the cast interactions…there were family and friends. I think when looking for ways to fix the show they turn to quick fixes..its not enough to plop VMG onto a sinking ship and hope it does the trick…they have to fix the broken vessel first…patch up all the holes and make it better not just do the same crap but with a new face in the mix. And the writing for women on this show needs some real work, it gets insulting… someone needs to get the memo that “hey..um …most of your viewers are women, maybe don’t write all the women on the show as crazies, shrews, or morons” seriously some of us are just as smart as men…sometimes smarter…gasp!

I will say this week was better than the past few weeks in watchability.

Kurt
Kurt

Only reason I watch AMC is for Susan Lucci, the plot lines are bad. We like bad Erica Kane!!!

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TODAY: ‘Tainted Dreams’ Begins To Stream Episodes On PopStar! TV Platform

Beginning today on Monday, September 23rd, the series Tainted Dreams, which shows you the behind-the-scenes antics of a fictional hit TV soap opera, will stream its first two seasons for free on the on the Popstar! TV platforms.

To view: you can download the Popstar! TV’s mobile app or visit www.popstaronline.com to watch Tainted Dreams or for more info visit https://www.tainteddreams.com/#home-section.

For those who need a refresher: Tainted Dreams follows the cast and crew behind the scenes of a hit TV soap opera called “Painted Dreams”, and of course, it’s filled with lots of twists and turns

In addition, there is a bonus episode on Popstar! TV that gives some background on how all the characters came to be a part of “Painted Dreams”.

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Sonia Blangiardo, the executive producer and creator of Tainted Dreams shared in a statement: “We are thrilled that there is more life for the show and that the new exposure will attract new viewers for the series. We’re excited to be in great company with the other shows the platform will be streaming and couldn’t be happier to be working with Craig and Jim Romanovich who has always been a loyal soap supporter.”

Tainted Dreams features a cast that includes: All My Children veterans Alicia Minshew, Walt Willey, Michael Lowry, Bobbie Eakes, Terri Ivens and the late Larkin Malloy, General Hospital’s Natalia Livingston, As the World Turns‘ Colleen Zenk, Austin Peck, Marnie Schulenburg and Kelley Menighan, Guiding Light’s Grant Aleksander, One Life to Live’s Ilene Kristen, Tonja Walker, Nathan Purdee and James DePaiva, Big Brother’s Jessie Godderz, The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Dina Manzo, and more.

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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