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Impeachment Hearings On Broadcast Networks Show Ratings Much Lower Than The Daytime Soap Operas They Are Preempting

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In an infuriating article written by FOX news, off of a study from NewsBusters, the news outlet and others have come to the realization that all of us who want our soaps back on the air already know.  That is … that the network daytime dramas ratings are far better on a day-to-day basis than people tuning into network TV during the day to watch the impeachment hearings of Donald Trump.

Soap fans have been furious that in the afternoon network TV is pulling their soaps off their normal airtime across all coasts.  Daytime soap viewers feel that all of the 24-hour news cable outlets should be the the place to go to see the hearings during the day; as to not to preempt the drama on General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful.   

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Just for the record, the study via NewsBusters showed that on day one of the impeachment hearing the networks scored as such: CBS averaged 1.52 million, ABC  1.29 million viewers, and NBC averaged 1.26 million viewers.   Thursday’s were even worse with CBS averaging 1.4 million, ABC 1.2 million viewers and NBC had 1.1 million viewers.

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Now compare that to the weekly daytime soap ratings and total viewers which while it ebbs and slows is still way about this.  According to the study: “The Young & The Restless” has been averaging 3.7 million viewers during the 2019-2020 season and The Bold & The Beautiful averages 3.15 million viewers. ABC’s General Hospital averages 2.15 million viewers while NBC’s Days of Our Lives averages 1.95 million viewers.”

Share your thoughts on the pre=emptions of your favorite soaps, and how the impeachment hearings are, of course, not bringing in higher number in the day-part via the comment section below.

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Michelle Kosal
Michelle Kosal

If I wanted to watch the
Impeachment. I would watch CNN news channel . If I wanted to. . There losing viewers. Much more people want to watch there shows. Not the impeachment. In my opinion nothing is going to happen anyway .

Andrea
Andrea

Not all of us have cable.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I’m sorry, I am a faithful soap opera watcher and have been my whole life, but if people think it’s more important to watch fictional escapism than deal with the issues facing this country and our government, then they are part of this nation’s problem. And that’s not a Republican/Democrat thing. Everyone seems to have made up their minds without actually watching the impeachment trial. We the people are in charge of our government. This is a presentation to us the people so we can draw our own conclusions no matter how we vote. If we can’t give up the soaps for a couple of days and pay attention to something critically important, than we don’t deserve to live in a democracy. The soaps will be back next week, but will our democracy survive?

davlestev1
davlestev1

AMEN!!!!

GennyDoreen
GennyDoreen

Totally agree. I am a faithful soap opera watcher as well. But I watched the hearings everyday.
There’s a lot of people out there that want to keep the American people in the dark about what this administration is doing to our country. I think a few days of missing my soap (which will be aired later) it not a big price to pay to be informed about what this administration has done and is doing to harm our democratic values.

Dr Helen Ruth
Dr Helen Ruth

Sounds as though you really ARE being kept in the dark.

Damien
Damien

..and lets be honest, if young and the restless is the soap of choice we re certainly nothing missing anything. This show is such shit right now josh griffiths writing it on the toilet
#firetrump
#fireJoshGriffith

Bostonnc
Bostonnc

Yes yes yes.

Mark
Mark

sonniorsolita, Very well said. I agree with you. I’m glad the broadcast networks are showing the proceedings from Washington DC. Kudos to them.

rose
rose

I agree. Also want to add that if we want to keep our democracy everyone of voting age should vote. The average is around 40% who did not vote for the last two presidential elections. Too bad about the wild card electoral college.

rose
rose

I agree. But want to add if we want to keep our democracy everyone of voting age should vote. I read about 40% of voting age didn’t during the last two presidential elections.

Caleb
Caleb

thank you. When reading complaints about pre-empting a frikking tv show in lieu of news of international importance, it makes me somewhat sad but mostly it makes me realize how this loser got elected (not by the popular vote, I must remind) in the first place.

Andrea
Andrea

Exactly! Well said.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I certainly agree with the sentiment that the proceedings should be broadcast and available to the public and that in the long run, the impeachment trial is much more important than any television entertainment. That said, the impeachment proceedings have been going on well into the night, and I don’t think NBC, CBS, or ABC has been pre-empting prime time programming to show them live during those time periods. So I’m certainly sympathetic to the argument that the soaps didn’t need to be pre-empted either; if it’s important enough to pre-empt programming, that doesn’t change magically at 7 pm. I think the question isn’t “Should the soaps have been pre-empted?” but “What wasn’t ALL network programming pre-empted whenever the trial was in session?” As for watching or not watching: no, I didn’t, and it isn’t because I don’t care about the future of the country or the (theoretical) importance of what’s going on. It was clear from the beginning–at least to me–that no witnesses were going to be called (not to mention that several senators were foolish enough to declare which way they were going to vote before the trial had even started–I mean, OK, your mind is already made up, probably the majority of senators had made up theirs too, so in that sense it’s just honesty, but to say that out loud? Yikes!), which in turn made it crystal clear to me that I wasn’t going to be able to “draw [my] own conclusions,” at least not any meaningful ones, and I wasn’t going to get any information beyond what’s already out there in the public domain through the endless news coverage over the last couple of months. I do agree that people should care, at least in theory. But when those in charge behave so irresponsibly as to make a mockery of the process, I’m not going to waste my time on watching the debacle. The fix was in from the beginning–in both the House and the Senate. There wasn’t a chance in Hades that the House would not impeach. Ever. And there wasn’t a chance in Hades that the Senate would convict. Ever. We can’t do anything anymore in this country–not even something as significant as impeach and try a president–without partisan bias taking center stage. If anything should be making people mad, it’s THAT. And THAT is what keeps me up at night worrying about the fate of our democracy, much more than the behavior of the President or this impeachment trial. I find that behavior disturbing, and I have lots of questions, but I never for a minute–not from the start, back when the word “impeachment” was first spoken–believed that I was going to get any useful information from the impeachment process about what that behavior was, how far it went, how significant it really was, etc. And both the House and the Senate have proved me right (the latter having done so more blatantly, thus angering me more, but I’m under no illusion… Read more »

rose
rose

Michael (not Fairman)…I did watch most everything from Mueller Kavanagh and Impeachment. Where I did have to tune out frequently was the presidents defence team. I gain a lot, not just from the facts presented, but watching the individuals demeanour, words, body language. It really gives you a sense of the person that news clips and summaries never will. Throughout all the hearings I watched there were some who testified I found quite impressive, courageous, and patriotic with the information they gave. They made me proud to be an American unlike many who will go nameless.

Jimh
Jimh

Lets keep news where it belongs..on news stations..when i got cable..mtv was a music channel now its stupid reality..E was entertainment turned Kartrashian marathons..i could go on…cable/networks have gotten worse that i think i might give up tv viewing all together…and this wasteful trial makes it all the worse..elect a new president in Nov if you dont like Trump…i think the impeachment was hurried up because they want to prevent Trump winning again and really for no other reason…i dont hate Trump or Like him…he doesnt take any bull,,,and has been the toughest Potus so far who isnt going to hide behind some goody two shoes fakeness like some past presidents pretend to be…sorry but thinking the whole world is going to come together in peace will never happen…our country will always have enemies and always will..no other person elected will bring world peace when none has ever found a way to make our own country a peaceful nation as there will always be hate no matter the time or who runs this country

Timothy Burtlow
Timothy Burtlow

their is no need to preempt when their are a bazillion news outlets on cable and streaming

davlestev1
davlestev1

Millions don’t have, can’t afford, or just don’t want Cable or internet. Their choice. And it IS the responsibility of the broadcast networks to bring this crucial time in history to those people. END OF!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Like missing the goings on in fictional television Cities impacts your daily life to the point of annoyance. Something’s off there. JMO

Rodd
Rodd

But will the IIC at the networks realize that the soap fans are not going to support their ridiculous interruptions of their soaps for something they can see in full on the 24-hour news channels or in summary on the evening news? I have my own opinions on what’s going on in ‘D.C., but I still don’t feel my soaps should be replaced by this…nor interrupted to let us know someone said this or that, or someone farted for Pete’s sake. They respect the evening line up enough not to interrupt it for such things and many of prime time shows are rated lower than the soaps. It’s just a bad mind-set on the part of the network brass that continue to allow this disrespect. I hope this report will help them realize our soaps deserve better.

Su000
Su000

It all doesn’t matter.

— -Trump approaches speedy acquittal — —

The Fix is in from day one..
Mitch will never allow trump to be removed.
There will be No witnesses nor documents.
It’s just another reality show
to make it appear there was/is a trial.

It will be over sooner than later.
People who know trump is guilty
your justice is via voting.

People who believe he is innocent
will go happy along with trump.

Either side, go vote!
America’s future is in your hands, either way.

Dr Helen Ruth
Dr Helen Ruth

What frightens me is encouraging people to vote who obviously do not understand a Democratic Republic or the Constitution. If you lose the Electoral College, you lose the Republic.

Su000
Su000

Tidbit;
The presidential elections of 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016 produced an Electoral College winner who did not receive the most votes in the general election.
All, Electoral College Presidents were Republican’s..

so- it seems to be the Electoral College delivers Republican presidents.

Kay
Kay

I have total faith that the lord will lead us through these troubled times just very sorry that Washington once again has made a mockery out of this what a bunch of bloody fools we finally have a president that is wanting to put us first what is wrong with that ???everyday I pray for this country and people I don’t agree with we live in a wonderful country we are free we have a right to speak our minds we are finally in a great economy a great market and you can come to this country legally what’s wrong with that??? President Trump is not a racist not anything close what happened was he dared to expose the boys club for what they are both sides please get on your knees and pray for this nation and stop please stop with the hate

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

So much wrong with what I just read, but am choosing to take the high-road on it. Keep up your own positivity, Kay.

Kay
Kay

Thank you I will once you are a believer the rest just falls into place I was not a fan of Obama but I respected that he was president and never cursed him or wished him harm I feel the same way about anyone who has held this office I personally would pull my finger nails out ugh to be a president ! My mother would have made a great one so very smart she would have demanded a balanced budget or she would have thrown you to the wolves she was the hardest worker I have ever known great business woman most compassionate soul I have ever known ! I wish I was half the woman she was so yes I would like us to get it together but I am not naive Washington has always been a cess pool of idiots ! Saying all that we walk our own path whomever is in office we make our lives enjoyable and my husband and I are very happy we just pray every nite that it all works out ! Newsflash for the networks people will finally tune out they will be disgusted they won’t come back it just won’t happen and they only have themselves to blame ! Keep it cool Scot! And no I am not offended in any way you are more then entitled to your opinion I just wish you would come over to my side of thinking and be happy life is too short not to be! God speed he has it handled always has!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

“I just wish you would come over to my side of thinking and be happy life is too short not to be!”

Never said I wasn’t happy; merely that I am not a believer or supporter of who is currently in office. But, again, taking the high-road on this one, as I don’t like mixing my political views with my soaps.

Momo
Momo

There are other ways to watch the trial. PBS, CNN, etc. Give me back my soaps!!!

Colin
Colin

The impeachment hearings are just one big fiction, played out as written by the elite and performed by the minions. It is all scripted bs…as is all of politics. I just wish people realized it. Truth is stranger than fiction! I would still take the soaps anyday…at least the actors in the soaps are attractive, as opposed to the actors in government!!!

Su000
Su000

Since George Washington became president-
Trump is the 3rd president in U.S. history to be impeached.

That’s why there is preemptions.
))It’s sorta a big deal, ya know..

Timmm
Timmm

This whole cluster is an embarrassment to this country. Other countries must laugh at the way our politicians are spending their time and wasting our tax dollars! Who the hell would ever want to be in politics. IF you had a agenda that you actually wanted to do something good for the country, the other side will dig crap up on you, attack your family and stall anything that would benefit the country in a positive way! END this witch hunt. Go out and campaign and let the chips fall and go on with your life! Quit bitching about not getting your way or not coming out on the winning side. It used to be if you lost, you would get up off your ass and try that much harder next time. Be an American!

Kay
Kay

Well said Timmm but it is going to be ok I think most Americans are worn out they just as my family does want you to get out of our way !! We are not fools we have and always will take the bull by the horns as my daddy god bless him use to say and let’s get going !

Robyn Restivo
Robyn Restivo

I love love love my GH. With that said, I’m happy to finally hear more than one side of the story as to what did it did not happen with the President. This gives me the opportunity to draw my own conclusions without bias.

viewer88
viewer88

It’s the ratings to follow this chaos which will matter most. DOOL, probably picked up a bit 01/20-24, but was also the stupidest, inane week of Days ever broadcast. Way to tell a story Ron! In a way it mirrors the stuff on the other networks, Andriod Schiff as Summer…all around it’s bad tv.

Judy Bouchard
Judy Bouchard

This is a farce! I don’t watch soaps, not for 40 years, but a few times I tried to watch Dr Oz for some info I thought his show could give me and instead it was this nonsense that is supposed to be a “trial” about what? It is just a group of poor losers who have nothing else important to do, like maybe, RUN the COUNTRY, like THEY were elected to do. If he is such a terrible POTUS get out and campaign against him ( how about with TRUTH this time!) instead of standing up there on TV (WOW!) all self important! A least they are adding to our longevity because laughter adds years to your life, and this whole TRUMPed up farce is just a great laughable JOKE!!!

Andrea
Andrea

I am grateful it has been on the broadcast networks. I do not have cable and want to watch the hearings. One solution would be to have CBS, NBC, and ABC take turns showing the hearings on alternate days and have regular programming on the others. That way those of us who want to watch the historic hearings, but don’t have cable can watch.

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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There won’t be any “And the Enmy goes to _” come this June, where NATAS had originally scheduled three nights of award presentations honoring the best in daytime programming at the 47th Annual Daytime Emmys.   The three-day event was slated for June 12-14th, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena. California.  Deadline broke the story of the decision to postpone daytime’s biggest night, for now.

NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision: “These were extremely difficult decisions to make, but at the end of the day the health and safety of our event attendees and staff must remain our paramount concern,” NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision. “We are closely monitoring public heath authorities’ guidance, seeking feedback from our awards communities, and evaluating the flexibility of our venue and production partners as we plan for the future in this unprecedented context.”

 NATAS chairman Terry O’Reilly said on the change” “Given our concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that we will not be staging the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena this coming June.  As there are so many unknowns right now with the flow of information changing on a daily, almost hourly, basis, it would simply be irresponsible to move forward with our annual celebration of excellence in daytime television at this time.”

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Daytime Emmy Awards executive director Brent Stanton, who is involved in the judging of the competition that was well-under way before the cancellation, shared “Judging continues, and we look forward to announcing our incredibly talented nominees later this spring. We are working on some interesting alternative ideas for how to best recognize the honorees later this year and will share more details in the weeks ahead.”

So, what do you think of the cancellation of the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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General Hospital Officially Shuts Down Production Temporarily Due To Coronavirus

GH is the first soap to suspend production due to safety precautions and concerns for the Coronavirus pandemic and is set to shut down from March 16 to April 10.

According to Deadline who announced the production suspension along with halt to Jimmy Kimmel Live, a network rep for GH stated: “We don’t anticipate an interruption in the broadcast of original episodes.”

We anticipate more official word from the other network soaps shortly as to their plans during the health crisis with production halts or schedules over the next month.

Let us know what you think of GH shutting down production at this time and if you hope all the other soaps follow suit for the safety of all their production talents and employees via the comment section below.

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