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GH Timeslot Change Confirmed For 8 Markets Including: New York, Los Angeles & Chicago Beginning On September 8th!

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Today there was an update from our previous item that several markets are moving General Hospital back to the timeslot it held for 25 years, that of 3pMET/2PMPT.

According to ABC Soaps In Depth, the markets that will be affected by the change are: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, San Antonio, and Raleigh-Durham.

These cities will now see General Hospital beginning in its old timeslot starting with the Monday, September 8th episode!

So, it looks like some major markets will have the time change. If you are in one of the cities affected by the time switch, let us know if you are happy about the news …  or if you don’t like the news one bit?

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Monica
Monica

Odd that Boston isn’t changing it’s timeslot too.

Jody
Jody

As I mentioned last week, I don’t think this is advantageous from a social media standpoint with the East coast split between 2:00 airing and 3:00 airing.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

It really doesn’t matter IMO. Most viewers DVR the show & watch it later so they can skip the commercials.

nicole
nicole

Neilsen counts Twitter 3 hours before and after in it’s market (if it is a Neilsen Market) so it won’t matter.

The problem will be if people aren’t aware of the time change. Anytime there is a time shift you risk losing viewers. And in those major markets a hit can effect the show.

Timmm
Timmm

I hear if your one of the eight markets that GH goes back to its old time slot you’ll see Maxi use her own brain, Julie Berman as Lulu, along with Dante who solves a crime, Duke Lavery, Scott and Luke duel for Laura, a house full of Quartermaines, Steve Burton, any AJ, Sonny and Brenda, Nicholas and Emily, Stone and Robin, Robert and Anna, Sean and Tiffany, Ruby at Kellys talking to Jake, Amy telling Liz Rick is dangerous, Dr. Derek Wells, Alexis, the Mannings, Jagger and Karen having coffee, Michael with anyone but Kiki, Jimmy Lee Holt and Tracy arguing over Edwards estate, and Frisco singing to his grandchildren as Tony takes a call from Tania. Ah, the 3 oclock time slot!

PAURETAJT
PAURETAJT

…was that an attempt at comedy? It worked.

Timmm
Timmm

Yes, but probably wishful thinking, as well.

GH50
GH50

This is potentially bad for GH. If the Network is willing to risk the health of the show to allow certain stations to move it where they think it benefits that station specifically, possibly thinking it is a stronger lead in for their 4p news, then you have to wonder about ABC’s commitment to its Soap.

If they are so happy with the ratings and the show is on solid ground, then keeping its time slot not only where it is, but consistent in each time zone, would be a priority, not the needs of a few individual stations.

GH will have a different lead in, it will be on at a new time, and it will be on at different times in the same time zone, effecting the social media aspect of the show and risking that people in large markets like NY and Philadelphia may follow the twitter timeline or message board live threads before the show airs in their markets and may decide not to tune in on certain days.

mgb357
mgb357

6abc Philly(the most profitable abc affliate in the country) – moving GH to 3:00pm

with who wants to be a millionaire and daytime jeopardy from 2 to 3…

is this an attempt to keep the spot warm for a reboot of OLTL and AMC after the PP lawsuit is settled?

nicole
nicole

No. Tyra Banks has a show coming in 2015 produced by ABC that is what they are keeping itv warm for.

ABC will not put money into another daytime soap. They are among rhe least profitable shows for the network.

mgb357
mgb357

thanks for the insightful response .. but my interest in tyra banks would rank below that of the dreadful Katie.

Joanne
Joanne

The time change doesn’t matter to me, personally.. I will watch GH anytime! I just worry that when a show starts moving around on the schedule it seems as if it’s the first step towards cancellation. If it ain’t broke, why “fix” it??

Ric
Ric

I’m so happy! It just goes to show Katie failed.

clh
clh

Makes no difference as long as it’s on.

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

I am Happy to have GH going back to its Rightful time of 2 pm Central time in Texas!

mrsnoahdrake
mrsnoahdrake

I am actually happy to hear this! Now I do not have to decide between watching GH or DAYS daily when when I am working from home. And now perhaps both shows can get more viewers in markets where the shows were previously competing with each other for live viewers.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I think that’s been a problem. We know Y&R and B&B don’t go against each other, but in some markets DOOL and GH are going head to head. I wish we knew the markets that DOOL and GH go against Y&R and B&B…not many, I suspect.

ABC and NBC should work together to keep their soaps on at different times…the best soaps!

If so many markets have DOOL and GH against each other and Y&R & B&B are not scheduled opposite other soaps, then it’s no wonder that GH and DOOL are last in the ratings…potential soap viewers are split between the best soaps while the crappy soaps reap the rewards!!!

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Not good. The beginning of the end for “Guiding Light” was when CBS let stations move the show around the schedule however they wanted. Soon, affiliates were showing it a day behind, or at the ridiculous time of 9 a.m., or in some cases not at all. It hurts the ability to promote the show, too. Will the guy on “The Chew” no longer be able to remind viewers that “General Hospital” is up next — because in some markets it won’t be. It just creates unnecessary confusion. Daytime lineups remain stronger when they are consistent (with the time-zone shifts, of course).

Rapids
Rapids

So true, this type of shifting the show around was the beginning of the end for the Guiding light. ABC affiliates are interested in Meredith Viera as an alternative.

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

I think this might help get teenagers back into it (or exposed to it) with the later timeslot. I know that (back-in-the-day), the whole reason I got hooked on GL was the fact that I could run home from the bus and catch it after school (…and in the late-70’s thru the mid-80’s, GL didn’t do too badly up against powerhouse GH, I’ll tell you that!)

KM
KM

Chicago girl here. I liked the 1 pm timeslot personally because I could juggle my lunch time to fit and watch live. Oh well…that’s why we have DVRs I guess.

I’m curious…everyone else getting Rachel Ray in the 1pm slot or is that just my market? I actually like and watch cooking shows but I think RR’s show is pretty much played out at this point so I won’t be watching this one.

I’m not sure what ABC thinks they have to gain here. GH seemed to get a little ratings bump by moving to the hour earlier slot so why mess with success?

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

It’s your market. I’m also in the same time zone as you. But, in a different state. RACHAEL RAY comes on at 10am in our area. It’s considered a “syndicated” show, meaning that if a local station carries it, they can place it in any hour they wish , outside normal broadcast programming. GH is broadcast programming. So, ABC’s feed will only send GH to stations at a set time every day.

I don’t think the time slot change for GH is anything but a way to test which time slot is better for the show.

Dan
Dan

The previous time change to 2pm in most markets after airing at 3pm for so many years proved that people will follow the show wherever it goes, so I don’t think this is an issue whatsoever. If anything, I think going back to the more comfortable and more established 3pm time slot is a better move in the long run.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Is there a list available where people can see what soaps go against each other in all the markets?

Don H
Don H

I understand that “Days” will also be changing time slots in some markets to make room for Meridith Viera’s talk show. In some markets in may be an hour earlier, in others an hour later. And in still others, no change at all. Just thought I throw that into the mix.

Don H.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 will be making some changes to its midday schedule next month, ending its 30-minute Noon newscast, but adding a new 60-minute 11:00am newscast. Days of our Lives will begin airing at 12 noon in Chicago. The changes occur on September 8th.

Omar
Omar

WHO CARES!!! I am just so happy that GH is on the air PERIOD and us fans of the show will fallow it even if they aired it at midnight!

Wish all my cancelled soaps were in the same predicament!!!

Justin
Justin

Amen to that. I don’t give a crap about the social media bs. If you don’t want to know, cut your twitter/facebook/etc. off for a couple of hours. So show it at 2, 3 4 or 5…just show it! My TIVO will follow it wherever it goes.

RoMo
RoMo

Hi KM – I’m also from Chicago! The only thing this move means to me is that I have to wait one more hour for GH to begin. And I have to listen to Rachael Ray for an hour (unless I change the channel)!! I kind of liked the earlier hour for GH, but really as long as it’s ON, I’m a happy camper. I do agree with others that say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

AJ
AJ

Wow, some of you are making a mountain out of a mole hill.

Janet
Janet

Doesn’t affect me. In my area, GH never changed timeslot. Judge Judy replaced Good Afternoon America and GH stayed at 3. Katie aired on the NBC station.

Nieci
Nieci

I loved watching GH for years at 3pm on (channel 7 in NYC). My friends, family, and I refused to watch the 3pm replacement show (Katie) because the tradition and comfort of GH broadcast was treated with such disregard that it insulted a program that held that time slot for years. Katie may have had a better chance to survive the rating war if it was put in a another time slot of 2 pm or 4 pm. or final choice of being the leading program for the “The Chew”. I also would like to thank everyone that support GH (including network programers) because as a viewer it is nice to have a choice to watch something different like a daytime soap opera drama, after being force to select from endless reality shows, talk show, and morbid court shows featuring the dim lights of our society.

JNewt
JNewt

I actually look at this as a good sign for GH’s future the fact that these bigger markets recognized Katie as a failure and realize that GH is a better lead-in to their game shows and news programming.

Also as somebody noted before if you live in Chicago, WMAQ is moving Days of Our Lives to 12pm due to the Meredith Vierra addition to the lineup. They made the move so that they could air the news at 11am for 60 minutes and could have Vierra air with Steve Harvey and Ellen.

I never saw how DAYS was doing at 11am locally in that market so I’m not sure if the noon start benefits it more but I have to think that competition is going to be harder as it has to go against the second-half of Y&R and B&B.

Alice Romano
Alice Romano

I got used to it at 2 oclock I rather it not go back to 3 oclock

Gail
Gail

I’m thrilled GH is going back to it’s 2pm time slot!

MITCHELL BOURQUE
MITCHELL BOURQUE

I hated kaite anyway because I loved general hospital @3:00 because I get home from work @3 I love to see it on real .tv. I LOVE GENERAL SO MUCH:) so congratulations to general hospital the the best show in the world back at3pm again :):):)

mitchell bourque

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Has a Feeling She Has ‘A Daughter Out There’

The latest promo for this week’s episodes of General Hospital has been released and from the looks of it – and a key episode set to air on Wednesday April 8th – the mystery surrounding if Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) biological daughter is alive, and if so who is it, looks to be kicking into high gear.

There is that necklace that Nina is looking at in the promo, Nelle (Chloe Lanier) who seemingly now is being given an opportunity to work with Nina thus getting closer to her who notices the necklace, and then there is Willow (Katelyn MacMullen), who many have thought could actually be Nina’s daughter given their original tense relationship.

And coming up on Wednesday, look for a special episode where the show looks at Carly’s (Laura Wright) past with her adoptive parents Frank and Virginia Benson before she came to Port Charles in 1996.

Look for Eden McCoy (Josslyn) to play a young Carly, Cynthia Watros to play Virginia, James Patrick Stuart to play Valentin, and Willa Rose to play a young Nelle.  What will we learn from that episode?

Now below watch the latest teaser from GH, and let us know if you think Nina will finally figure out who her real bio-daughter is via the comment section below.

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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