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Good Afternoon America Continues To Bring In Abysmal Ratings! Losing One-Half of OLTL's Former Audience in Key Demo!

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When the last regime tinkered with the ABC Daytime line-up by wiping Llanview and One Life to Live off the television map, they tried first to bring viewers the ill-fated, The Revolution.  When that did not fly and to get out of that flop, the network put on in its place the nine-week summer replacement series, Good Afternoon America, the spin off of the highly successful and now top rated morning program, Good Morning America (first time in 17 years)!

However, GAA is also performing extremely bad.  Take a look at the numbers courtesy of TV Media Insight, which indicates that week three of the series, ” dipped to 1.70 million viewers and continues to lose about one-half of the year-ago One Life to Live audience, according to the Live Plus Same Day data from Nielsen.”

Here are some key numbers in key demos with comparison between GAA and OLTL with change versus the comparable year-ago period in parentheses, so you can  follow the big picture!  Total Viewers:  Good Afternoon America (ABC): 1.70 (-39 from One Life to Live) Women 25-54: Good Afternoon America (ABC): 404,000 (-50 from One Life to Live)  Women 18-49:  Good Afternoon America (ABC): 293,000 (-57 from One Life to Live)  Women 18-34:   Good Afternoon America (ABC): 106,000 (-50 One Life to Live)

How do you feel after looking at these numbers?  Clearly, GAA looks to not have a chance to continue in any form, which is good news for General Hospital.  And from all reports, GH has been given the nod to continue on with the network firmly behind it through its 50th Anniversary.

With that said, this is no consolation for One Life to Live fans, who suffered the fate of watching their favorite characters and stories being taken off the air only to be  replaced with a lifestyle/makeover series and a afternoon news entertainment program that did not capture America’s hearts.   Weigh-in!

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Vickie
Vickie

LOL!!

susan M.
susan M.

I knew they would fail…Our soaps and that’s it..

nancy
nancy

music to my ears. They deserve to fail with every show they launch in the afternoon that’s not a soap!!

susan M.
susan M.

I AGREE TOTALLY WITH YOU (Nancy)………………………..

Jane
Jane

ABC made a huge mistake cancelling OLTL. I will never watch anything in the OLTL TIMESLOT. In fact, my tv is not tuned to ABC daytime or primetime. My cable company could take ABC off their lineup and I wouldn’t care. Same goes for Disney channels.

Ruby
Ruby

@Jane, we’ve all learned that lesson already. Don’t you miss T.V in the late 90’s and early 2000’s?

MikeT
MikeT

ABC is dead to me except for General Hospital !!

Mike
Mike

Bring back OLTL and all will be well with the world….

Susan M.
Susan M.

Diito!!!

Liz
Liz

AMC and OLTL!
That is daytime TV at it’s BEST

Susan
Susan

ABCD’s replacement shows offer no interest for me. ABC should have stuck with soaps.

Susan M.
Susan M.

To one Susan to another I agree with you …

Iakovos
Iakovos

I do like Josh and Lara very much, but I love my ONE LIFE TO LIVE… all my daytime dramas. My prayer is for GENERAL HOSPITAL to own the 2 PM hour over THE TALK and syndicated fare (the NBC station here airs THE DOCTORS in the time period). ABC took a gamble and it failed. no show of that ilk will succeed, at least in the sort term. ABC’s offerings are too generic, too tame, too lowest common denominator. I’d accept a revival of PYRAMID or CARD SHARKS over CHEW, REVOL-eeeew-TION, or GAA. Maybe a 30-minute serial will come to roost on the Alphabet again one day. We can hope.

rose
rose

No revivals, please!!! I also think they’d like to see GH take audience away from ‘The Talk” since it competes with “The View” which is also losing ratings.

Heather
Heather

I hope that The Talk falls flat on its nose when GH moves at 2pm this September and that we never hear from it again. It was a huge mistake from CBS to bring it in the first place.

I didn’t watched ATWT. But I support the genre and The Talk deserve to die like ABC’s idiotic replacement shows.

Christine
Christine

I just do not understand what kind of idiots ABC thinks we are!

I mean the promos for GAA were horrible not to mention the “talent” they had in them. It is funny because what they thought would be selling points for this show were actually what made me not want to tune in even more (and believe me I already had enough reasons).

And you know another thing, if according to ABC and the Nielsens, they say that we, the soap fans, do not matter, then obviously NO ONE else cares for their lousy programming either! Just look at your numbers, ABC. It isn’t just us soap fans that hate your new shows – everyone else does too. 🙂

Torrey
Torrey

Exactly! I remember them saying how soap fans weren’t home during the day to keep up with their shows, so the numbers have dropped….well, it looks like no one is home to watch these horrible replacement shows. And after reading that article where one of the Execs said that there are no plans to revive AMC or OLTL, that only fuels the fire for soap fans to turn against anything that ABC chooses to air in those time slots. I can’t wait to see how big of a failure Katie Couric’s new show will be….LOL

Susan M.
Susan M.

Soap fans are a good chunk of the nielsens ratings ….Abc wants to admitt to it o9r not….

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

Anything they put on Daytime Network television except for soaps will fail!!!!

Susan M.
Susan M.

CORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree with you 100%

leigh
leigh

This makes me so happy.

Christy
Christy

I laughed when I read this too!

yes, it’s the little things that make us soap fans happy… like little ratings for replacement shows!

you know if they want a cheap show that we would like, replay old AMC, OLTL, Edge of Night, even Dark Shadows, shows from the past – heck they’ve got over 40 years of shows to use. I’d love seeing shows from way back when – even the old commercials too! Back to the times when Mrs Olson invited you in for some good ole Folgers coffee, or when Marge stuck your finger nails in Palmolive, or when a little dab of Dippity would do ya! 🙂

toscanti
toscanti

YAY!!!!!!!! ABC allowed Brian Frons the hack to destroy their daytime line-up. That they will pay for for a long time to come. LMAO

MK
MK

Revolution and GAA (Plus Katie) will fail quicker then the forgotten game show that replaced SFT in 1987.

Linda
Linda

Too bad ABCD doesn’t have the cajones to admit they made a huge mistake cancelling AMC and OLTL. If the were smart they would reinstate AMC and OLTL, keep GH @ 3pm and air the Oprah Wannabe @ 4p. ABCD created this mess so either fix it or live with it!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I miss OLTL, but I am happy for GH. Still boycotting all ABC/D programming except GH and PLL on ABC Family.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I am so happy these replacement shows are failing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wake-up ABC & smell the roses !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They don’t know what they are doing at all………. They won’e admitt to their mistakes to do with OLTL & AMC ……OLTL’s ratings are still better than GAA will ever be……What does this tell you??????? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm ……………………………………. And better than the cancelled Revolution & The Chew which is onn the chopping block… ABC is CLUELESS IN SEATTLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such idiots……………..I hope all these repacement shows continue to flop ..It will be one flop after another…What they are doing isn’t working they are on the wrong tack as usual… ABC WE WANT OUR SOAPS… Do they understand english..WANT OUR STORIES ABC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give us what we want or you will continue to fail misreably…

susan M.
susan M.

It’s Our SOAPS Or NOTHING abc…………..

Christina
Christina

Bring on Katie. I don’t intend to be looking at those pearly whites.

susan M.
susan M.

She is going to be canceled in no time….It’s happen before , why not again……..She will NEVER LAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

terri
terri

It sadly shows what should still be on our beloved OLTL. People will always want fantasy and heartwarming drama OLTL you are sorely missed.

danicajolie
danicajolie

I totally agree with you. I love the OLTL characters and especially Todd being on GH, but I still miss OLTL terribly.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with EVERYTHING you said about OLTL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still miss it TOO!!! It was ONE OF A KIND (OLTL)……………………I like a heart-warming drama like OLTL was…

Robert
Robert

Just wait for the rights to AMC and OLTL revert back to ABC, they will have no other choice to combine the two shows or pick on and put back on the air because nothing they try will work. Period!!!

Katie’s show will flop, sorry Katie you are no Oprah!

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dee
dee

i agree with you too, Katie rating at the beginning may be high enough, just for people to see what her show is about, but just like gman and anyother other crappy talk show they try to put on, we abc fans will not support them, imo hands down only the soaps, it had to be a reason why soaps lasted sooo long, hate abc sometimes, keep loosing all the money on puttinf subpar reallity crap on grrr do they not get it, unbelievable!

BarbJ
BarbJ

One word……HA!!!!!!

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

Bring back OLTL, don’t you see the mistake you all made.

rose
rose

With all of the bad press, angry fans and the drop in ratings for both ABC, because they cancelled AMC and OLTL, and NBC/Today Show for the firing of Ann Curry, ABC could make a big PR coup by bringing back at least one, if not both soaps to the afternoon. They are not getting the demos and audience numbers they wanted anyway. And since Americans and soap lovers love a great redemption, forgiveness story, this could be a perfect , save-face one. I’m not saying there can’t be some tweaks for our shows, just definitely not writers and good story lines.

Johanna
Johanna

from your lips to GOD’s ears

susan M.
susan M.

If I had to choose in bringing back at least one soap, for me I would choose hands down for ONE LIFE TO LIVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rose
rose

The ret of the rating’s story…”The news remained grim for week three of last-place ABC daytime entry Good Afternoon America, which dipped to 1.70 million viewers and continues to lose about one-half of the year-ago One Life to Live audience, according to the Live Plus Same Day data from Nielsen. It will be interesting to see what happens when veteran General Hospital steps into the 2 p.m. ET hour this fall. Elsewhere, The View on ABC is down but still tops; second-place The Talk on CBS was close to year-ago levels; and third-place The Chew on ABC is no All My Children.”

Heather
Heather

Barely doing better than The Revolution. If I was Lara Spence or Josh Elliot, I’d hide away in shame. These numbers are very embarrassing and there’s nothing to be proud of.

ABC may be getting away with The Chew. But the 2pm timeslot is now a complete laughable joke. First The Revolution and now Good Afternoon America. OLTL didn’t deserve to die for all of this masquerade.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I have mixed feelings when I read about news like this. I’m thrilled that any replacement show ABC/D tries in their daytime schedule is failing miserably, but still so sad because I miss AMC and OLTL so much! What a waste of time and effort. They should have just left our shows alone!

dee
dee

i totally agree, abc is soooo bad now, i am so glad that everything is failing on abc , they are loosing a ton of money,what a shame lol. I miss amc with Tad,jake, david and etc, it is extremely sad what abc did!

Johanna
Johanna

We the fans are caught in a catch 22, we want all but #OLTL to fail in the time slot but we also want #GH to suceed and stick around. Boy does ABC suck!!!

Liz
Liz

Love Lara and Josh they are so great and fun! BUT daytime belongs to soaps. I want AMC and OLTL back but how do you bring them back in tacked. AMC without Susan Lucci I don’t think will succeed. If by a long shot it did, it would take a lot of time. Will audience hang in? I may but others? Will ABC hang in with it? How many of the cast would be willing and available to come back? Probably enough. Guess I want it to be like it was. Susan Lucci to be a loss. They need to fire EP, what a MAJOR mstake. He should have been gone already. OLTL- for decades they have had so many recasts, short term characters in and out, fans accept this and show survived. They have done a pretty good job with casting and so they stand a better chance of succeeding right away if brought back. If Erika Slezak did not come back it would not have the impact that Susan Lucci not returning would. OLTL has a strong cast on its own. I miss my soaps!

david
david

Good news, but let this be the year The Chew crashes and is canceled. Soaps or nothing in the afternoon.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree about this is the year The Chew crashes & is canceled once and for all !!!!! Yes, SOAPS OR NOTHING IN THE AFTERNOON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Caroldee
Caroldee

I hope someday someone SMART will figure out that OLTL was one of the best shows on daytime..cancelling that was a BIG BIG mistake.. GH..yeah I watch it all the time..it’s no OLTL but it is DAYTIME Soap and that’s what we watch.

susan M.
susan M.

Cancel GAA asap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And any other show abc replaces our beloved soaps with……………………..

Sue
Sue

Soaps? Really? What intelligent human being would admit to that. The filming sucks, the writing sucks, the lighting sucks, the sound quality sucks. Good resume for the crew, but other than that????

Jex
Jex

R u kidding me??!! I watched Today with Hoda and KL at same time slot (mtn time) and I haven’t watched that since – couldn’t stand Revolution – please don’t cancel GAA !! It’s fun & refreshing !! Love it.

Jim
Jim

I am a long time OLTL fan, but I LIKE GAA.

Keep GAA on the air and CANCEL Katie ASAP!

Now criticize me.

Johanna
Johanna

I wish ABC/D would just admit they made a mistake and bring OLTL back. OLTL out performs the “Spew” also so that one should go away too! leaving room for both OLTL/GH then when “Katie” does not perform the way it should could slide AMC back in! Wake up PTB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jocelyne
Jocelyne

Night time soaps are coming back such as Dallas….bring back at least one daytime soap!

judy
judy

I say take all the soaps off. None of them have anything to do with real life. Tired of all the same old story lines. I think the soap watchers need to get a real life…I was once a soaper myself, but you do get tired of who is sleeping with who, who killed who , who has forgotten who they are, who is having who s baby , over and over and over again.. Time to move on people…..

Lisa
Lisa

Besides oltl….what is going on with the news….what they are doing is more like reading a tabloid at the grocery store line. They brought George on and ruined his reputation for telling the news….no wonder they lost Sam Champion… And replaced him with a mouse dressed like she’s going on a hot date everyday. They might be able to save Josh if they get rid of ( always joking) Laura….thank goodness Robin is there or we would be watching entertainment tonight. Shame on you Sinclair broadcasting… Its supposed to be the news after all. P.S. never watching again.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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Kimberly McCullough Directs Episode Of ‘The Conners’; Shares Pics From Show Night

As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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