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LATEST RATINGS: All My Children and One Life to Live on OWN!

Courtesy/TOLN

Courtesy/TOLN

The ratings are out for the week of September 9th -12th for the continuation of Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable channel’s ten-week fling with the first season episodes of Prospect Park’s All My Children and One Life to Live!

Once again this ratings period data supported the notion that more people are tuning into All My Children than One Life to Live.   In fact, the Monday September 9th airing of All My Children was the most watched program on OWN with total viewers at 235,000! AMC had three episodes of over 2oo,000 viewers for the week, and only the Thursday episode showed a decline to a low for AMC at 169,000.

Over at One Life to Live,  the series slightly dips from the previous week, but is still under performing compared to AMC with its best showing off the week on Thursday of 154,000!

Here are the official stats courtesy of TV Media Insights:

ALL MY CHILDREN

Mon Sep 9 1:00PM 235,000 total viewers , 79,000 viewers in Adults 18-49
Tue Sep 10 1:00PM 210,000 total viewers, 61,000 viewers in Adults 18-49
Wed Sep 11 1:00PM 217,000 total viewers, 49,000 viewers in Adults 18-49
Thu Sep 12 1:00PM 169,000 total viewers, 42,000 viewers in Adults 18-49

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE

Mon Sep 9 1:30PM 146,000 total viewers, 46,000 viewers in Adults 18-49
Tue Sep 10 1:30PM 129,000 total viewers, 41,000 viewers in Adults 18-49
Wed Sep 11 1:30PM 150,000 total viewers, 38,000 viewers in Adults 18-49
Thu Sep 12 1:30PM 154,000 total viewers, 55,000 viewers in Adults 18-49

All Times Eastern & Pacific
Source: Nielsen Media Research

So what is your interpretation of the data on how AMC and OLTL are doing on OWN?   Do you think that given the fact that AMC out-performed OLTL on Hulu and OWN, it is a direct cause and effect of missing key characters and not gripping stories form the start of the revival of One Life?  Or, do you think it’s just because AMC originally has had more cache name recognition over the years?  And, are you watching the soaps on OWN?  Weigh-in below!

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Robert
Robert

Oprah I think both shows have shown you will have a hit on your network. Add in those of us who caught the shows online, both shows will have an increase in viewership once fresh ones return. Well at least when AMC returns since OLTL is on hiatus.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

OLTL stories did not begin very well but picked up near the end…a few characters like Roxy and Jessica shouldve been there…Victors return lacked suspense…i feel Victors return was too short, and that hurt the show more than what gh wrote for the OLTL 3…Tea was more interesting on GH…there was too much focus on Shelter…when i went to clubs i never seen any high society women like Viki there having lunch…a big wedding for Clint and Viki, imo, couldve brought higher ratings…a lack of story 4 Bo and Nora made their appearance almost pointless…why didnt Bo investgate who was in Victors grave after he was found alive…anyway if there is a season 2 i hope new writers improve things…i give the show a C- 4 its first season…ill always wonder what the reboot wouldve been like had Frank and Ron continued with it like originally planned…AMC has always had better publicity than OLTL over the years and talked about more…it usually was better rated when on network tv except in its final year compared to OLTL…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

p.s. both reboots would do better if the repeats were on a more popular cable channel and aired later in the day like 6pm to 9pm…imo

JeffyJC
JeffyJC

Even after 4, Why compete with other Soaps, Put it on when there are no soaps playings. I don’t get OWN so I watch them on HULU, which I prefer. I just wished they released those numbers. They know exactly every IP Address that goes to it after all.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Call me old fashion or a purist, but in my mind a daytime drama isn’t the same when you watch them after 6 pm. Back in the day, when there were a lot of soaps and I had to tape some and watch them at night– never got into them as much. I know they aren’t live, but watching in the day, when they are being aired for the first time, without a fast forward button or avoiding commercials– makes them work best. At night they just seem like a poor cousin to the better funded and higher production values of prime time shows and prime time soaps like Dallas. But I have always been in a fortunate position work wise to be available to watch my favs in the afternoon most of my life– maybe I would feel differently if I couldn’t do that.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Mary, I have been taping these shows for years, so I almost never actually watched them live. I didn’t find much on primetime that interested me, so I stuck with all my shows.

Vincent
Vincent

Correct !! Story ,Story ,Story ! When will people
Ever get it that shows that succeed best have
The best Story !
Simple !
That’s it ! Nothing more, nothing less !!

Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck

I have been watching both shows everyplace I can and repeatedly!! Have always been a lifelong fan of both!!

MEG
MEG

OLTL NEEDED TREVOR ST JOHN,

Harry
Harry

Wait–OLTL had Trevor Saint John.

Dinah
Dinah

Watch on both

MEG
MEG

I WOULDN’T PAY FOR AMC, I WATCHED IT A FEW TIMES ON F ,BUT DIDN’T LIKE IT ANYMORE THAN I DID ON ABC,I WANT OLTL BACK WITH TSJ.

su0000
su0000

The soaps are FREE on HuLu, you don’t have to pay 🙂

MEG
MEG

I’M IN CANADA ,I HAVE TO PAY FOR ITUNES,BUT I TRIED TO WATCH AMC ON FX CANADA ,I FOUND I DIDN’T LIKE IT ANYMORE THEN WHEN IT WAS ON ABC ,EXCEPT FOR THORSTON KAY.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Unless Meg is Canadian, they don’t have HULU there, and OWN Canada license states it can’t air any scripted shows– so all they get on OWN are reality shows or talk shows. — they had a deal with FX Canada to show the shows until PP decided to go to only 2 shows a week so FX bailed— so in Canada they have to buy it from ITunes

Harry
Harry

Hey, Meg All Caps–what are you talking about? Trevor IS on OLTL? Are you speaking of the other two actors who had to go to GH?

Emtk
Emtk

I watched AMC to support it, but I really couldn’t get into it. I watched every second of OLTL. The characters are so much more interesting. I would be devastated if OLTL didn’t return. They could improve the storytelling, but I could tell they were improving.

Kate
Kate

DVRing the repeats of AMC on Soapnet. Getting close to the final episode. Crying all over again. Why is it taking so long for PP to start production of AMC?! Also watching OLTL on Hulu to show support. I think AMC has always had a larger audience. OLTL ended with a large audience because AMC viewers were watching to show support. Both great soaps but I just think PP’s AMC was written better. I started watching OLTL but it just got very boring. I am watching the rest of OLTL now so I will be ready for season 2 and hope that it will be better. There are wonderful actors in OLTL, the storyline was weak. PP needs to get moving, bring back our original actors and start production!…….please, thank you. Recast only the actors that can not return.

Sheryl
Sheryl

They are repeats if they were new more people will watch. They are also on when the other channels have the bold and beautiful and days.

Dani
Dani

I tried both on HULU and basically, the story on AMC was way better. More gripping, great acting with Angie/Jessie/Brooke etc….This actually surprised me since I had stopped watching AMC about a year before it went off the air.
OLTL was my favorite and I loved the old characters. HOWEVER the nightclub scenes and drugs turned me right off. It had nothing to do with recasts. I loved seeing David and Dorian but it wasn’t the same feeling. I don’t know why. It had nothing to do with Todd, Starr or McBain. Why can’t people get it. A nightclub with drugs is not in my demographic. I hope they can save OLTL in some way shape or form.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I understand the need to have Shelter – but I agree, in the beginning they focused way too much on the club and not other stories.

Stefan
Stefan

OLTL majorly dropped the ball with Victor’s return from the dead storyline…..THAT hurt the show in a big way I think…

curry-girl
curry-girl

Totally agree. The lack of reaction and concern for Victor being alive especially by his own sister Vickie was the beginning of the end of OLTL.

rebecca1
rebecca1

we’re just rehashing the same conversation. OLTL reboot was not good; only picked up slightly toward the last few weeks. Thus, they supposedly hired new writers. Only if/when OLTL returns will we know if the stories improve and thus their ratings…

su0000
su0000

There were no and are no numbers/ratings on HuLu..
HuLu goes by what is most popular and ”both” AMC and OLTL were in the popular top ten..
So, both soaps were doing very well.. Both rebooted well..
Nobody can say the numbers for OLTL were low, there are no numbers ratings on HuLu..
Which is better is merely assumed by peoples personal preferences, not numbers/ratings..

And, iTunes do not rate.. It goes by how many downloads and people downloading do so for many different reasons, and still not ratings..

Peggy Hegner
Peggy Hegner

Why are they only counting people 18 to 49? Not enough interest in 18 to 49-year-olds is part of the reason the brainiacs at ABC canceled the two soaps! I’m way over 49 and I’m sure there’s many more of us oldies out there watching. Do we not count? Is our loyalty to the soaps not important enough?

cri cri
cri cri

Sadly 50+ doesn’t matter to advertisers – which is a big part of the problem.

Marlene
Marlene

I totally agree with Peggy. Why limit the age to 49. My God! Most of those people are out working . It’s the semi or semi retired that are the backbone of soaps. We are the ones that have been watching these programs since their duration. Personally I haven’t liked AMC for over 30 yrs. I have been a faithful viewer of OLTL since before my first child was born , and that was in 1969!! I will be more than upset if “after all this”, they pull the plug on OLTL. I know it was hard at first getting to know all the “new” characters on OLTL but after giving it a chance I totally fell in love with it again………C’mon PP……….keep this showing coming.

su0000
su0000

No you do not count lol Well, you do as a number but not as a desired customer ..
You do not fit into the ”advertisers” demographic of what they want..
The ”18 to 49” are the important numbers that count in the ratings..
Sponsors don’t look at how many viewers they look at the 18 to 49 numbers. 🙂

Christopher
Christopher

Perhaps all of us 50 yr old and older AMC &OLTL fans can HELP the writers out for both shows story lines afterall most of us have been watching one or both shows for MANY years and we can probably create fantastic weeky stories at least for the main characters after all we know their history inside and out…their family trees, their real true loves, and their children and even their childrens children and the evil people they have known over the years especially those who refuse to die…the monsters and the mobsters from their lives and so on. ..A THOUGHT… Perhaps both shows producers/writers can work together and set up a web site or something …a contest if you will so that anyt true loyal and and long time viewer over 49 who REALLY KNOWS 1 or both shows history can write in and suggest better story lines and once those ratings come in the winner OR winners will win a GUEST SPOT on their favorite show because after all …good story lines equal BIG ratings period & who better to give the writers great ideas for more desirable stories are the long time loyal AMC & OLTL viewers!!

Kelsey
Kelsey

I bought Hulu plus to watch OLTL – I started watching AMC to support both shows. Forget it. I’m done. I’m sick of the nonsense from PP. those guys don’t know how to do a soap- hire people who can.

Laurie
Laurie

I am very much enjoying both and tune in every chance I get! Thanks OWN and PP.

Alan
Alan

The key to any successful show is good writing — you can have all the great characters in the world and if you don’t have solid story it won’t matter. AMC may not have had as many vets as OLTL did, but they had better writers in place and it showed on screen. Ron Carlivati set the OLTL reboot up to succeed with the show’s final episodes and in my opinion the writers dropped the ball with too many new characters and silly plots that didn’t hook viewers.

kathryn
kathryn

I believe it is possible that people have stopped watching OLTL because of the fact that it has been put on hold. I will be disappointed if it does not return, both shows are good but OLTL has always been my favorite. However, with Prospect Park’s decision to delay production, people may not want to invest their time when they think the show will not continue. I feel that way to a degree.

lance
lance

one life to live will not be back. lets face it, the reboot sucked big time. lets move on and watch season 2 of all my children soon. one life to live really was awful. poor writing and even poor erika slezak couldn’t save one life to live. rip one life to live.

dawnhaze
dawnhaze

The reason there were more viewers for AMC might be that there were still new episodes. The episodes for OLTL had already been seen.

Samantha
Samantha

I have watched One Life to Live everyday since it’s been on Own. I just feel like no matter how much people watch the executives of the show just don’t want to air it. Online , tv, or Internet!!!!!!!

Debbie Hamilton
Debbie Hamilton

I don’t watch Own because I have seen AMC and OLTL on Hulu and I don’t care to watch them over again. Why are they counting the ratings by what is watched on OWN. Probably alot of other people feel the same way. I never missed an episode of either show.I am really getting tired of this run around up and down maybe on and maybe off OLTL

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

They are counting them and watching because if they do well enough as ‘reruns’ on OWN, then OWN or another cable channel will be more likely to pick them up.

Debbie Hamilton
Debbie Hamilton

I hope and pray they are both back soon, either online or Own. I miss watching them, and thank you CTWildheart.

Joshua
Joshua

I bought a ROKU box back in March so that I could watch them on TV way before the Oprah Winfrey announcement.

Glad I did … ROKU is addictive!!!

Sunny D
Sunny D

I watched both on Hulu and Oprah. Although I miss Todd, Starr and John, I probably will get used to it, and I can watch them and support them on GH. I think the things that turned me off the most about OLTL were what they did with Dani’s character, plus all the cussing (it just seemed forced and unnatural) and also the whole bar atmosphere. Everything just always felt “dark”. I feel like the writers don’t really know the characters they are writing for. They all seemed to be “acting” their characters, not “being” them like before – with the exception of a couple actors. I believe it is mostly due to poor writing, NOT poor acting. I watched every episode though and I will keep watching when they come back on.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

EXCELLENT now I WISH OTHER CABLE NETWORKS liked soaps. AMC was always a better written soap than OLTL. OLTL WAS EXCELLENT THE FIRST 10 YEARS IT WAS ON BUT LOST STEAM when THEY CHANGED THERE TIMESLOT AND IT WAS ON BEFORE General Hospital. OLTL did real good when Dark Shadows and GH we on before and after OLTL. I know I’m living too far in the past.

MIKE ZVIRBLIS
MIKE ZVIRBLIS

At a half hour each, it’s kinda like watching one program. So I can’t imagine NOT watching the two.

Johnny
Johnny

I agree with you Mike. I couldn’t keep up with both soaps when they were on abc tv because it was too much (demands of my job) but I promised myself I would watch both AMC and OLTL on line since they would only be 23 minute increments.
Both on line inceptions require work – stronger writing and more connectivity between characters.
I do feel like it’s almost one program, visit Landview and then visit Pine Valley, they are supposed to be near each other anyway. Actually I think they should just combine the two and make one show and in that way keep some of the fine actors at OLTL going strong.
What really bothers me though, is how PROSPECT PARK has everything so completely and totally shrouded in mystery. There’s been more melodrama behind the scenes than has been depicted on our computer or TV screens. The current “rumor” out there is that they are slated to go back into production “sometime around” October 21st, 2013 ~ yet, nothing official has been released by PROSPECT PARK and to my knowledge not one actor has tweeted or stated anything about “happy to be going back” or “enjoying the preview scripts” or anything like that. It makes me wonder what in the heck is going on ~

Becky G
Becky G

I watch both and I must say that AMC’s stories started off w/bigger bang! It was great to see the old characters on OLTL but there hasn’t been much sizzle or antagonism going on, though I do see it picking up now. I liked that they repeated the shows just not HOW they repeated them! I wish they’d show a new episode at the top of the hour and repeat that episode immediately after, at the half. And it would make more sense to move the shows to a different time when they’re not competing w/soaps on other major networks, say 12 noon or after 3 p.m. (EST) I hope that they continue to create more shows of both soaps! They never should have been cancelled! Nothing they’ve put in their places has fared much better! OLTL should have taken a page from AMC’s book and started their new story a few years down the road like maybe 3 yrs. instead of 5. That would have helped, too. Thanks OWN, PP, TOLN!

Dee Martin
Dee Martin

I just wish someone would pick up AMC and show it in Canada. I had watched it way back when it first started and watched until it went off the air, then it was in Canada for just 2 weeks, nicely getting to know the new actors and lost it again. OWN was to air it and then something happened so that they couldn,t air it in Canada. What are we??? Contagious or something ?? Don’t we count at all. Please bring it to Canada again. !!!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

It comes down to money and the FTC’s regulations.

Tracy
Tracy

I love both shows! I rather watch on Hulu than OWN! When they asked Oprah to put the shows on when they got cancelled she refused and now she wants them because she wants people to watch her network so she can get more money! As much as I love AMC & OLTL,I will not watch them if they are on OWN!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

While I share your angst….watching them on OWN will help these shows stay financially viable. You aren’t hurting Noprah by not watching – you are hurting AMC and OLTL.
And there are those who still cannot watch online, if they can watch on OWN, then I’m all for it.

d.w. mckim (Mupp Freek)
d.w. mckim (Mupp Freek)

Any discussion of last week’s ratings should note that on Tuesday, OWN accidentally ran a repeat of Monday’s episode (#34) skipping over #35. (Someone else will have to chime in as to whether or not the same thing happened with AMC.)

cathy sokalski
cathy sokalski

I’m not watching on OWN because I already saw all those episodes on HULU this summer, so all those people like me are not counted in the number of viewers. There are many fans who are waiting for the next season of episodes. Don’t tease us again with this off-again, on-again possibility of seeing OLTL.

Lisa Z.
Lisa Z.

Do these ratings even matter anymore? Prospect Park refuses to communicate with OLTL fans which is a huge mistake. Last week, the same OLTL episode was shown two days in a row on OWN. That would bring the ratings down.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

The same episode showing is on OWN not PP.

AbbyS.
AbbyS.

I’m grateful for OWN because while I watched AMC on Hulu, I’m enjoying recording the show on OWN and keeping it for future viewing. I don’t watch OLTL and I can’t comment on it, but AMC was more “hit” than “miss” this past season and it deserves a second season, one which I hope OWN will also carry. It took AMC a few weeks to find some storyline traction and focus more on the returning characters as much as, if not more than, the new faces. When it did that, it worked much better, IMO. Still, from what’s been previewed, it looks like more returning characters will show up on AMC for season 2 (Bianca, Tad, Kendall, maybe Erica) and I want to be able to record those episodes, too. I’m very happy for the good ratings on OWN for AMC. If AMC continues to be successful, maybe OLTL can resume production, whether the lawsuit is settled or not. For all the OLTL fans out there, I hope so for their sake.

Jan
Jan

Okay Oprah put the shows on OWN.

krktoday
krktoday

Am I wrong. I read OLTL isn’t returning because it didn’t do as good as AMC. Are they bringing it back or not? It was my favorite and I watched it on Hulu every time a new show aired . I didn’t watch AMC because I didn’t watch it on network .

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

All we have officially now is that OLTL is being ‘shelved’ temporarily until the lawsuit has been worked out.

Adrienne
Adrienne

No one Ever mentions the theme song to OLTL and it is TERRIFIC along with the dances, characters perform. Especially TnB. The theme song written by Snoop Lion bka Snoop Dogg just makes me wanna dance in my chair and snap my fingers Everytime I watch the show. The lyrics, “It’s a brand new start, brand new art. I’m not scared. I’m glaaad” etc. pulls me into the show and keeps me focused on the fact it is a re-boot that premiered online. With that being said, the characters on OLTL are More gripping than those on AMC. 1. Simply because I know who they are, 2. The veterans have delivered even when story was not as interesting. They worked with material given and Most Importantly 3. Susan Bedsow-Horgan was no longer co-head writer effective around April 9th but the show premiered on Hulu April 29th. When revisiting the fact she left the show for personal reasons left a HUGE HOLE in storyline development overall. This lady Understood OLTL the way other writers did Not understand or Know the show. Her lose was a traumatic blow. She was at OLTL when the show SIZZLED and POPPED in the 90’s. The Very first show of OLTL made me cry with Excitement along with the first week. All this to say, Susan Bedsow Horgan was the missing piece to the show. She was executive producer during the Michael Malone and Josh Griffith years. Example: Marty’s Rape, Bo and Nora, The Gannons, The Vega’s, AIDS Quilt and Viki’s Powerful performance of split personalities best known as DID. Bottom line for me, OLTL is my FAVORITE soap and no matter how storyline development did not occur during the re-boot it kept me interested from beginning to end.

AMC was good but the characters left a Lot to be desired (meaning the recasts of popular characters). Yes, storylines Much better because Marlene McPherson did her research going back to a time AMC was my beloved show. Returning Billy Clyde Tuggle and how he interacted with Angie and Jesse just brought back a rush of what I loved about AMC in the late 70’s and through the 90’s. Loved seeing popular old fan favorites but only their storylines kept me watching but not on a daily basis. Surely, this is not a popular opinion but the fact Egorica Kane (over-rated) was NOT present actually helped me to enjoy the show and boost it’s ratings because it was not about her as it basically became in the 2000’s. Show was basically unwatchable but more watchable during the re-boot.

Mk
Mk

SBH was NOT ep during those years it was Linda Gottheib. .SB H came in in late 95 and 96 ti 9 7

su0000
su0000

new people see the ”opening”’ of OLTL , which is very lame, and don’t watch because that screams what is to come is lame..lol..
Really, the opening is terrible and that is a turn away ..

I believe PP gave OWN a sweet deal to air the rerun soaps, a trial offer..
I wonder if Oprah will pay the big bucks to air season 2 ..
OWN has to buy the soaps to air them and trial offer has now ended,,

Both soaps need theme music opening that labels them as dramas of quality..
The openings are terribly lame lame lame and they label the soaps before one even would watch them as being lame ..

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I disagree about the opening…well the song anyway. I don’t like the ‘dancing’ it doesn’t really match the song – but I LOVE the song! I didn’t at first, but then I watched it with closed captioning and understood all of the words and I changed my mind.

Amy
Amy

Omg! All My Children back on tv? Omg! I’m all in. DVR is programmed. I am a huge fan, but couldn’t make the pc adjustment. I just saw this article on Facebook. The news will get out and the viewers will go up. Thanks OWN!

su0000
su0000

Nope, both soaps are still internet ..
OWN is showing reruns, the first 40 episodes and no news as to if Oprah and her people will pay-out to air both soaps after they run on the internet/season 2 ..
OWN has to pay PP to rerun the soaps..

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

That is what we hoped when OWN announced this trial. But we don’t know about Season 2 yet. And just an FYI…you only need an HDMI cord to connect your television to your pc and then you can watch everything online on your tv.

Amy
Amy

Thanks! My tech savvy son just went off to college, so I’m learning the ropes. Appreciate the tip. I will be praying to the Gods (aka Oprah in this case) that this will bring soaps back to life on tv. Hopefully the Internet ppl will be bought out or play nice together with the tv ppl.

wayne r harrison
wayne r harrison

I,think that ,both soaps are excellent n I,m so happy ,that ,they,re back ,on the air/internet,whatever ,but I think that the reason why AMC,S,ratings were better than OLTL,S was the storyline between ,Jesse,angie,n Cassandra,that was such a dramatic story,even,if you don,t agree with me,you have to admit ,that that was 1 of the best storylines,that AMC has had ,in a long while,I see daytime Emmy nominations for Darnell Williams,Debbi Morgan n Sal Stowers,the writing for that story was so briliant n kick-ass ,it made you believe that cassandra was being Brutilized,I,felt like I was watching a Law n order SVU,story,I cnt wait for more stories from AMc,I,also cant,wait for more stories from OLTl,if they ever get ,their Lawsuit with Prospect park,straightened out

Fran
Fran

canceled my Hulu plus only got it to watch OLTL probably willn’t watch AMC

Johnny
Johnny

I will state again that I do not care for the way PROSPECT PARK has handled certain issues – they should be more communicative with the fans (of both shows) and not keep everything so completely shrouded in mystery. Is ALL MY CHILDREN going back into production in October? No one seems to know. I suspect the actors have been asked not to tweet, not to issue statements – with the exception that I believe that PP asked Erika Slezak to release a statement since she has a huge fan base (and is a great and respected actress) ~ but other than that, we know nothing. Many of us bought ROKU devices, subscribed to Hulu Plus (that’s what I did anyway, I’m in front of enough computers at work) and have been loyal fans for years. Don’t we deserve to have accurate information about our shows given to us? It’s all been so sketchy and scattered (like some of the on line scripts but that’s another topic for another time) and above all, so terribly vague.
I won’t ask about One Life to Live since it’s been placed “on hold” and even that seems terribly wobbly but if they are going to concentrate more on ALL MY CHILDREN than it would be nice to at least give us a production date.

Tracey
Tracey

I totally agree with you. I emailed PP this week, stating my displeasure with the way events didn’t unfold as fans were originally led to believe. I understand and appreciate that is venture began on uncharted waters and there is no set formula to this. If you release a statement saying the objective is to resume production in time so there are no interruption of shows and then a month later or so announce each show is going to have a season finale with no real/honest explanation as to why the change, that is going to upset fans. Here were are in mid September OLTL is being shelved indefinitely and no firm date for AMC. Should PP be surprised fans are in an uproar given we don’t know all the reasons behind the their decisions because PP won’t tell us. That was my basis for the email.
I was very nice in my email and I did thank them for bringing the shows back, also that I would always be a loyal fan.

Robin Strasser has tweeted more than once she keeps hoping to hear something from PP.

As far as the ratings, this season was rushed at best and AMC had the better storylines. I hope this summer PP has gotten their duckies in a row and both shows will come out firing on all cylanders. OLTL finished with the better cliffhanger and if written well, OLTL could have several juicy stories spun from the cliffhanger.
I sincerely hope PP is still writing scripts for OLTL so when the suit is settled, they are ready to resume production immediately.

In my opinion only after a well thought out S2 can it be decided if one show is better than the other.

Nor
Nor

Thank you OWN for showing AMC and OLTL. I am watching both on OWN, much more convenient for me than on the internet. Been watching both soaps since 1980 and was crushed when they went off ABC. I will be disappointed if OLTL does not return. I watch both shows but OLTL has always been my favorite. Hoping Prospect Park reconsiders their decision to halt production of OLTL. And once again thank you OWN and OPRAH for showing AMC and OLTL.

mgb357
mgb357

I would tune into OWN daily for new episodes, espcially if they were repeated them later at night. Please settle this silly lawsuit and give us back OLTL!!!!!

AND if that doesnt work out… How about a hybrid,,, One Life to Live with All My Children (Or All My Childrens Lives to Live) . an hour long saga of life in Suburban Philadelphia (Llanview and PineValley) ..

Since they share the same sets and studio.. it would give us the possibility of Clint Buchanan Vs Adam Chandler.. Brooke and Viki being BFF’s, Dorian Vs Opal and even Jack vs AJ…. come on everybody – this could be great!!!

Nancy K
Nancy K

I really do agree with you on this one. This would be great to see all these actors on one show. It would be entertaining to watch!! The name could also be All My Childrens One life to Live!!

Mk
Mk

OLTL got me hooked during the final week, Yes it neefs tocome back to see the poentials

Rob
Rob

I cancelled my HULU Plus subscription as soon as I heard OLTL was “shelved”.

Lets face it, OLTL was not weak because of what went down at GH, it was weak becasue of poor writing.

While Iapplaud PP for taking this on, its clear to this day, they bit off more than they can chew.

Instead of working with GH in order to have limited access to three major characters, they are blaming GH for killing off a non-contract recast and two kids. I never liked that they killed children but lets face it, they werent integral to the continuity of OLTL.

This is poor writing and poor management. I never really watched AMC but watched it to support the cause. Its definitely betetr written and more engaging. The acting isnt as good as OLTL. I wont watch anymore. I think the dye is cast and OLTL will not be returning. I hope it does but it may be too little too late at this point.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I watched both shows forever and rejoiced when they came back to life online. I DVR’d the repeats on OWN. I will watch them both again WHEN they come back. (hopelessly optimistic!)

I have no idea why one did better than the other. It is actually humorous reading peoples reasoning and explanations why they like one show over the other. Many times they cite the exact same things.

Dolores Henderson
Dolores Henderson

I think it’s because many so called fans just didn’t want to watch online. I don’t see how the method of the polls can be accurate when so many people record the shows for later watching. Also they are missing a great many viewers count by not counting past age 49. I guess my faithful viewing for 40 yrs for OLTL doesn’t make any difference, but I’m still watching because I love it and the characters.

Ted Olson
Ted Olson

PROSPECT PARK (supposedly) stated that they “refuse to discuss when ALL MY CHILDREN will return to production” (for season 2) according to what I read on-line, and of course, who knows what to believe anymore. The rumors were flying for a while that they were planning to resume production on October 21st, but now no one seems to know if that’s an accurate date. If anyone hears of anything since there has been no formal statement from PP please post.

Rose
Rose

I have watched both shows for many years. I can’t get OWN. I wish I could. I watch them faithfully on Hula plus. I still enjoy them very much. I hope both shows continue on for a long,long time. i am O K with the 2 shows a week ,if that is what they need to do.

Andrew
Andrew

I feel like I’m the only one who loved OLTL from start to finish (with the exception of the way they handled Victor’s return.. botched!) and was quickly turned off of AMC (too much Angie screeching and too much bad Russian accent). I liked OLTL so much, I stopped watching the OWN broadcasts and watched the last dozen episodes over the course of a weekend. Glad I did, it was great (although Clint’s meltdown wasn’t near as spectacular as reports made it sound … and thankfully the last moment in the hospital hadn’t been spoiled).

Shame if we never get any more, but to be honest, I think there was just too much bad blood between PP and ABC regarding the GH characters. GH saved OLTL and AMC’s butts by keeping the spirit of the shows alive (more OLTL of course but there were some references to Pine Valley along the way) and taking Todd, Starr and John into some different directions. True, Ron/GH did some odd things (like the Natalie stuff) but overall I think how they integrated everything was pretty amazing. Sad that we’ll never see any resolution to the Alcazar/Tomas story, because that could have been INCREDIBLE to watch those worlds collide. And now that the actors are playing entirely different characters on GH, I don’t see those characters ever coming back into GH continuity… everyone at ABC and PP is to blame for gross stupidity and selfishness.

mgb357
mgb357

OLTL deserves a second chance. great stories, great acting, great production values…

PP messed up everything by changing the number of episodes per week and then shelving the production, based on a flimsy lawsuit with ABC.. just figure it out… we soap fans are foregiving and we want our OLTL on a daily basis.

And forgive me for saying this.. but the MORE episodes are just PR — the budget for them should go back into the actual show, we need less MORE and more OLTL!

Repeat – the story episodes were great..need more OLTL, need more Viki, Clint, Dorian, Blair and yes even Jeffrey …

PS…if no news about the return, I will have to cancel my paid HuluPlus subscription…

Bonnie
Bonnie

I could not wait for either to come back. I have watched both since the early 1970’s and that year long wait was painful. I tuned in for the first few episodes of each and it was dissapointing and I stopped watching. I guess I was expecting for them to pick up where they had left off and so many characters are gone. I know that they are trying to capture a new audience, but for viewers like me, it is just not the same. I also think getting use to watching them on a computer is strange. I liked watching them on OWN much better. Now GH is great and that is because some people from OLTL went to GH.

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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