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HLN Attracts 912,000 Viewers for Daytime Emmy Telecast While Network Says Most-Watched Non-News Program!


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Broadcasting & Cable released this afternoon the viewership numbers for the 39th annual Daytime Emmy Awards which were telecast this past Saturday for the first time by cable network, HLN.

Of course, the tune-in number dropped off considerably with  the Daytime Emmys move to cable this year, drawing just 912,000 total viewers to its premiere telecast on Saturday from 8-10 p.m. on HLN.  Last year’s awards ceremony, which aired on CBS,  averaged 5.35 million total viewers on Sunday June 19th, 2011. Besides the move from broadcast to cable, the telecast was also hurt by the move to Saturdays, when HUT levels are much lower than on Sundays.

The HLN Daytime Emmy telecast drew 327,000 viewers in the target adults 25-54 demo, though it still ranked as the network’s most-watched regularly scheduled non-news broadcast in total viewers and the demo. The cabler aired the awards ceremony five times in primetime over Saturday and Sunday, earning a gross average audience of 2 million viewers.   Plans to televise this year’s Daytime Emmys were finalized rather last-minute with HLN signing on as the TV partner for NATAS in May. 

So do you think HLN will consider carrying the telecast next year?  Let us know!

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I hope so. I thought daytime made a pretty good attempt at showing up this year to support the award show with the exception of Nancy Lee Gramn and most of the winner’s cared enough to show up. I enjoyed the show. I definitely didn’t agree with the nomination’s but I did like the show. The fact that people like the guy who play’s Shawn on GH was up for award and Steve Burton wasn’t? Nut’s

There were a lot of questionable emmys given out, But at least HLN put it on their network for that I am grateful. I never thought of that but your right, Why would Shawn get a nomination and Steve burton not, I think there are to many Idiots making the decisions on who gets the awards and who doesn’t, they did get it right for general hospital. They were wrong about neglecting one life to live. And Susan lucci should go hide in shame, what a camera hog that woman is.

Abysmal ratings, in my book. Maybe it was that terrible music! Maybe it was the lack of an actual tribute to AMC and OLTL. I know several people who stopped watching it after it started. It was terribly produced.

OMG, yes the music was beyond terrible. Also the camera crew would go to the audience and pan in on anyone but never showed any of the stars. I didn’t know who was there and who wasn’t because I never saw any stars unless they gave out an award or won an Emmy. The tribute was bad and no clips at all and the clips used for some shows were from 10 years ago (OLTL for directing for sure).

All in all it was a pretty good show. However the so-called tribute was terrible. It should not have been all about Susan Lucci but about all the soaps. Erika Slezak looked uncomfortable. Why ABC’s version of Ryan Seacrest was there to say thank you still baffles me. I also wish HLN played the theme music from the winning shows instead of the ringtone used. Hopefully if HLN hosts the Emmys next year they will tweak it a bit.

What kind of numbers did they expect. Just like you said, it was a Saturday night, most people aren’t home on a Saturday night! Also, I know people who don’t get HLN. It is NOT a standard channel on all cable networks.

Considering they had only 3 weeks to produce the show, I thought it was a decent production except the canned music and the lack of a true tribute to OLTL and AMC. More like a tribute to Susan LUcci and Erica Kane! Ugh! Love the comment about ABC’s “Ryan Seacrest”. Mathison is all over like you know what! I think he and Lucci definately made a deal with the devil over at ABC. Felt very bad for Erica Slezak. She was totally overlooked. Lucci didn’t give up that microphone for a second. Ms. Slezak had to awkwardly lean over to say her very few words. I think HLN needs to be commended for airing the show and making such a concerted effort to embrace the soap fans. They featured stars on their nightly “Showbiz Tonight” for the week leading into the Emmys and featured the soaps on the homepage of their website. So, could it have been better? Yes. But all things considered, kudos to HLN for their efforts. It’s more than I can say for any of the other channels, including OWN. This year’s presentation was a vast improvement over last years’ 2 hour long commercial for Las Vegas.

You said it well here, Judy. I agree with you on all points. The Emmy organization, I think, needs to be stronger and more proactive with how they run and promote their annual awards. Daytime is more than only its serialized dramas and even those shows got short shrift. The soaps shine, however, and this year they had opportunity more than in recent broadcasts.

If it was HLN’s most-watched non-news program, they would be crazy not to do it again next year, especially when the network is attempting to reinvent itself beyond just news.

So 327,000 viewers were in the target adults 25-54 demo? It’s funny how almost 600,000 viewers, the majority, don’t seem to matter if they are not in the targeted demo. What’s so special about being 25-54 years old that justifies writing off the majority outside of this group?

I really am pissed.We know alot more watched.Neilsen is still figuring from the 70’s.Neilsen is not a friend to soaps either.Known fact they have more boxes in the 18 to 34 year old group.If your a certain age your not even counted.Things need to change and people need to start raising hell because to many shows are being cancelled over Neilsen.

Your right Mary, If you are 54 and older you are screwed, and most of the time I don’t even see the 54 year olds even getting counted, and that is wrong. How they do the ratings should be changed.

I agree with you barbara t,(loves oltl #1)…………….It should be 40-60 ….

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Billy Miller Memorial Scholarship Endowment Created at His Alma Mater to Help Others ‘Realize Their Dreams’

Two months since three-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor, Billy Miller passed away, the beloved All My Children (ex-Richie), General Hospital (ex-Jason/Drew) and The Young and the Restless (ex-Billy) star, will now have a permanent scholarship endowment in his honor at the University of Texas at Austin which was Miller’s alma mater.

Through the scholarship, it will be able to help radio/television and film undergraduate students with financial need. Billy’s family and friends have established this permanent scholarship in his memory, naming it the William Jon Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship. They hope the endowment will be a legacy to his life and love of acting.

Before becoming soap-famous, Billy graduated from the the university’s department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) at the Moody College of Communication. On its official website, they shared the news of this special memorial scholarship and how Miller died at the age of 43 after surrendering his life to bipolar depression, which he struggled with his whole life.

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Megan Hubbell, Billy’s sister, expressed, “We want something positive to be held in his name in perpetuity through the University he loved. He would be honored to know that even in death, he can help someone else realize their dreams.”

She added how she hoped her immensely talented brother will be remembered: “I hope BJ (as Billy was known by to his friends and family) is remembered for the kind-hearted, silly, funny, goofy, generous, beautiful soul that he was His megawatt smile, deep belly laugh and gorgeous mug were gifts on screen, but his true self was a bright light that will be carried with us forever.”

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According to Miller’s family, Billy had his picks of schools and UT was his first choice. When he first came to the university, Billy started in the zoology program before switching to radio-television-film, where he felt he belonged. Miller was one of just 20 students at the time accepted into the department’s prestigious production-sequence program.

“BJ was extremely proud to be a Texas Longhorn and always remembered his time there fondly,” Hubbell said. “The time he spent at UT allowed him the space to explore who he wanted to be and what he wanted to accomplish.”

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In honoring her brother’s work and strength to persevere in the often heartbreaking world of entertainment, Megan related: “I always admired the guts it took to go after a dream in Hollywood that so many people tried to discourage. He heard, ‘You’ll never make it’ more times than I care to count, but he used those comments as fuel and said, ‘Watch me.’”

Miller’s roles went far beyond those on daytime soap operas, as throughout his career he played major parts in primetime’s Suits, Ray Donovan and Castle to name but a few.

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In his death, Billy’s family is encouraging people to take stock of their own mental health. “BJ would want anyone struggling with intrusive thoughts to seek professional help,” Hubbell said. “Do not suffer in silence or try to muscle through on your own. Mental health is vitally important and shouldn’t be spoken about in silos behind closed doors but rather in open forums with open arms. Shame has no place in the discussion to seek help.”

To donate to the William John Miller II “Billy Miller” Memorial Scholarship click here.

Share your thoughts on Billy’s family and friends, along with his alma mater, setting up this memorial scholarship endowment to help other talented young people in financial need get a shot at realizing their dreams via the comment section below.

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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Touchdown in Ratings with Taylor Swift-Inspired ‘Halloween: The Eras Show’ Delivering Largest Audience In Over A Year

More great numbers for Live with Kelly and Mark. The talk shows Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show scored an impressive 2.9M total viewers on October 31, making it the most-watched Halloween episode in four years, according to the Nielsen ratings.

The episode also delivered some of the highest ratings in seven months for the morning show, particularly among women 18-49 and 25-54. Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show also pulled in a 1.92 household rating, as well as a 0.47 among women in the key 18 to 49 demo and a 0.69 among women 25 to 54. Those are up over the last two years of Halloween episodes and since Consuelos first started in the co-host chair back in April.

According to Deadline, Live’s Halloween: The Eras Show, also pulled in the largest audience numbers for a single episode in more than a year and half.

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As is tradition with “Live’s Halloween” episodes, they are always filled with costume and pop culture moments and special guest surprises. Ripa and Consuelos were right in step with the biggest social media love story at the moment; that of Swift and her burgeoning romance with Kansas City Chiefs Tight End, Travis Kelce.

During Halloween week which started on Monday, October 30, Live was up up 11% versus the week prior in total viewers, and averaged 2.6 million viewers throughout the week.  Year-over-year, the talk show was up that week by 15% in terms of total viewers.  It looks like the former All My Children’s alum on-screen chemistry is just as palpable as it off-screen; as the two marrieds are making quite a successful run together on morning television.

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So, what do you think of the impressive numbers for the Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos on ‘Live’? Did you enjoy their recent Halloween episode? Share your comments below.

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‘All My Children’ Star Peter White Dead at 86

Peter White, best known to soap fans as All My Children’s Linc Tyler, passed away this week at the age of 86. The cause of death was revealed to be melanoma.

The late actor’s former AMC co-star Kathleen Noone (ex-Ellen Shepherd Dalton) confirmed the news to multiple outlets sharing that White died in his home in Los Angeles of melanoma on Wednesday, November 1st. His death was first reported by Soap Hub.

White’s first soap opera role was actually on The Secret Storm in 1965-66. Then in 1971, he joined CBS’ Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, where he took on the role of Dr. Sanford Hiller. However, he became soap-famous for his role as Linc on All My Children which he began in 1976 and it would be a role he would play on and off till 2005.

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In story, Linc was in love with Kitty Cole and later her sister Kelly (both played by Francesca James), despite his mother Phoebe’s constant interference and disapproval.

Peter later appeared in numerous primetime shows including: The Colbys, Knots Landing, Dallas, Sisters, Hill Street BluesThe JeffersonsThe Paper ChaseThe West WingStar Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sisters, and more.  His film roles included: Dave, Flubber, Armageddon, Thirteen Days and First Daughter.  

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However, White jumpstarted his entire acting career in 1968 with the starring role as Alan McCarthy in Matt Crowley’s original Off-Broadway production of The Boys in the Band.  Later, the drama was made into a landmark 1970 film, White and his original co-stars were all featured in it.

Share your condolences and remembrances of All My Children’s Peter White via the comment section below. But first, check out this clip when Linc was trying to help Kelly after the murder of Eddie Dorrance.

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