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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.

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
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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
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Andrea

Not all of us have cable.

sonniorsolita
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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… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

AMEN!!!!

GennyDoreen
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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
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Dr Helen Ruth

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

Damien
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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
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Bostonnc

Yes yes yes.

Mark
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Andrea

Exactly! Well said.

Michael (not Fairman)
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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… Read more »

rose
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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
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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… Read more »

Timothy Burtlow
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Timothy Burtlow

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

davlestev1
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Su000
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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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
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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… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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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
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Momo

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

Colin
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Kay
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Andrea
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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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