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OY! The Chew's debut bests All My Children numbers in the ratings!

ABC Daytime’s new lifestyle program The Chew, which replaced the canceled All My Children debut on Monday to solid numbers!

According to Deadline.com, “The food-themed series drew 2.5 million viewers for its premiere and 590,000 women 18-49. That was higher than last year’s series premiere of CBS’ The Talk (2.2 million viewers, 568,000 women 18-49), which also replaced a long-running soap. (The Chew did better than The Talk debut in the other women demos too.) Additionally, The Chew matched AMC‘s most recent available weekly audience (for September 12-16) and beat the departing soap in women 18-49 (590,000 vs. 532,000). It exceeded AMC‘s 2010-11 season averages in total viewers (2.5 million vs. 2.4 million) and women 18-49 (590,000/0.9 rating vs. 541,000/0.8 rating).

At a fraction of the cost of a daytime drama, if The Chew doesn’t drop dramatically, it should improve ABC’s bottom line significantly. Ironically, the level of interest in The Chew may have surpassed ABC’s own expectations — I hear the show’s website crashed yesterday because it couldn’t handle the incoming traffic. Or it was die-hard AMC fans sabotaging their show’s replacement!”

OK soapers, so either its a case of curiousity that made every one tune-in and the show won’t sustain itself over the next several months, or we are all in big trouble and the four soap remaining will be in danger also if they don’t construct more innovative ways to bring back the audience and increase eyeballs, since a show like this that cost 40% less than a soap opera is far more appealing to a network’s bottom line dollar business plans.

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Angela
Angela

I think people and disgruntled AMC fans were curious to see what was replacing AMC. I don’t think the ratings will remain high like the debut. I tuned in for 15 minutes and found the show to be unorganized and all over the place (people talking over each other).. Guess one never knows.. But I give it 8 months the most. Since ABC spent a fortune on advertising.

Josie
Josie

I watched Chew for 5 minutes. Ugh – who needs to watch all that silliness that goes on? I avoid watching any programs on ABC since they dumped All My Children.

Torrey
Torrey

I personally think that it was just a curious nature of people wanting to see what the show was about….being that ABC has all but forced the show down everyone’s throats. I have never seen a show so heavily advertised, in my life. They really want people to tune in. I have not watched one second of The Chew, nor do I intend to. I wait until exactly 1pm Central Standard Time to turn my tv to ABC…..I don’t even want to see the end credits of The Chew. I think, as the days go by, interest will be lost, and hopefully the show will go away. And lets not forget, AMC & OLTL pull in about 2.5 million viewers on a daily basis…this was a premiere episode of a new show. Aren’t the numbers always good at first? I know it’s not right to wish bad things upon people, but I really do hope that this show gets exactly what it deserves…..a pink slip.

DavidsMuse
DavidsMuse

How do we know that awful replacement show’s ratings didn’t also benefit from AMC finale day-behind viewers on Monday, in some large markets such as Dallas/Fort Worth?

Julie
Julie

It won’t last. Did you ever hear a soap star call people morons and turds? I doubt it. The hosts of The Chew have no problem doing that. I wish them a quick but very painful trip to unemployment.

JustSaying
JustSaying

I admit. I watched it. Nothing to cheer about.

You could just watch the Food network and not worry about missing anything.

kim
kim

You have to be kidding. I saw the last three minutes before OLTL and it stunk so badly.

Marsha
Marsha

Usually when shows debut, their opening episode scores decently. I’m not shocked this _____(fill in the blank) got ratings. However, I would not be surprised if over the next few weeks we find out what people really think.

Can’t pay me to watch that drivel

brothasoap
brothasoap

When I read the title of this article, I felt a little sad. But when I read this review, I felt significantly better – “Chew Reviews Are In — and They’ll Be Tough for ABC to Swallow” @ http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/09/chew_reviews_are_in_and_theyll.html

tvcat1
tvcat1

I hope it’s just curiosity. You couldn’t turn on an ABC show without bumping into a Chew add. Keep us posted on next week, see if it drops.

ethel
ethel

i feel that the rating were high & will be high until the newness of the show wears off – after viewers see that the chew is basically about nothing then the rating will definitely plummet down to nothing………..

Iakovos
Iakovos

Although THE CHEW seems to me to be very derivative, I am not suprrised for the healthy premiere episode. There are some watchable personalities involved, notable Michael Symon. But I do not see this series sustaining high ratings for the long run, or lasting years. I will not watch as I believe what they offer has been done before and better… and there is a matter of pride. I want daytime drama back on network television,and I want ALL MY CHILDREN to be part of that.

Rob
Rob

I saw a small part of it and think it may be the worst thing I have ever seen on television, the hosts are annoying and uninteresting….I do think the only reason it scored high is curiosity.

Susan
Susan

I have never watched the Chew, nor do plan to. In my neck of the woods, The Chew is on opposite Y&R. Daytime soaps beat any Talk/Lifestyle show in my book. I don’t want to be told what to do. Watching soaps helps me escape my problems for a couple of hours at least.

susan perkins
susan perkins

i wouldn’t watch that show, if it was the last show on television.

Vickie
Vickie

I’ve found other ways to waste the noon hour. Won’t watch the chew now or later.

Presschick
Presschick

Tomorrow is Thursday… give us the ratings then. If there’s a drop, and we bet there will be, then many of theories above could be true — which I hope.

Judy
Judy

I found the promos to be annoying. One of the hosts in the promo is soooo hyper and their tips are lame. I have no desire to watch. Gordon Elliot needs to stick to his Food Network shows.

FP
FP

DOOL also did good numbers on Monday opposite “Ah Choo”, or whatever that trainwreck is called. According to Daytime Confidential, “Days” scored a 1.9 household rating and a 1.0 female 18-49 demo. Let ABC stick that in their pot and cook it.

Sandi Taylor
Sandi Taylor

I believe that some of the ratings were due to curiosity, others do to research being done to find out who is sponsoring the show (so we know who to boycott) while other viewership may in fact have been from people who STILL DO NOT KNOW that AMC has been canceled so they tuned in to watch AMC and instead found The Spew and watched for 15 minutes (which I believe is all that is required to be counted in the ratings) and then clicked to another network but unfortunately were still counted… Folks in nursing homes, convalescent hospitals etc., OR places that have the TV on a certain network don’t change it because programming has changed unless requested. I think there are MANY reasons they got any ratings at all and NONE of them is because it is a show worth watching OR worth replacing AMC with!

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Former Executive Producer & Director of All My Children, Jorn Winther Dead Following Two-Vehicle Collision

Very sad news to report.  Renowned director, Jorn Winther, who served as executive producer and director at All My Children has died at the age of 88.

Winther was actually killed on November 9th when in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs.

According to the Desert Sun, “Jorn was killed in a two-vehicle collision at Cook Street and Santa Fe Trail in Palm Desert. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said a vehicle was moving south on Cook Street when its driver suddenly entered the northbound lanes and collided with an oncoming vehicle,  Winther was pronounced dead shortly after noon Friday, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office. His wife of 31 years, Claire Winther, confirmed that her husband drove the vehicle that entered oncoming traffic. Why he did so remains a mystery.”

The famous director was best known for for the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews in 1977,  The Sonny & Cher Hour, and was also known for producing rock performances for TV including: California Jam II, featuring performances by Aerosmith, Foreigner, Heart, Santana and more.

In the world of soaps, Jorn had been the EP and director for ABC”s All My Children for five and half years, and had been with the series from 1981 to 2005.  He also directed on: One Life to Live, Generations, Santa Barbara and Rituals.

Born in Denmark, Winther studied speech and drama at the University of Copenhagen and continued his education at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, where his mother had danced as a prima ballerina. He also studied at the Stratford Shakespearean Theater in Ontario, Canada, and at Stanford.

Most recently, Winther directed and produced the independent film Do It or Die!, about the 1979 kidnapping of socialite Elaine Chaddick. It screened at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Winther’s daughter, Lisa has been a stage manager on the soaps most recently working at The Bold and the Beautiful.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Jorn Winther as we offer our thoughts, condolences, and prayers to his family, via the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa To Guest Star On CW’s Riverdale

Here’s a fun bit of casting news!  Live with Kelly and Ryan and former All My Children star, Kelly Ripa  (Ex-Hayley) is joining her real-life husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) on the hit CW soapy drama Riverdale.

Consuelos already plays the the role of Hiram Lodge, and now Ripa will plays his mistress, Mrs. Mulwray.

Kelly shared the inspired-casting choice on Instagram relating: “It’s a family affair …23 years of auditioning for a role i was born to play. Coming soon to the CW;s Riverdale.”’

The CW released a statement on the casting of Ripa, adding: “Kelly Ripa will guest star on Riverdale as Mrs. Mulwray. Confident and tough, she is Hiram Lodge’s alleged mistress. She’s a beautiful, icy, femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.”

Film buffs take note!  Ripa’s character name is borrowed from Faye Dunaway’s Oscar-nominated role in Chinatown (1974), Evelyn Mulwray.   Those who saw Chinatown know that Evelyn was a femme fatale as well caught up in a conspiracy!

And there is more “All in the Consuleos Family” casting.  The couple’s son Michael is portraying the teen-aged version of Hiram on tonight’s all-new episode.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

So, will you be checking out Kelly on Riverdale? Comment below.

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Soap Stars Step Out For Halloween: Who’s Costume Was Tops?

On Wednesday night, many of your favorites from daytime past and present donned some pretty fabulous Halloween costumes and took to some trick or treating!

Michael Fairman TV selected a few for this oh-so-cute photo gallery of some our favorite looks from fright night that were posted by each actor on social media.

From Y&R’s Jason Thompson (Billy) and his family, to DAYS Greg Vaughan (Eric) and his three boys, and others, everyone got into the spirit, especially those with young kids, or even those adults who enjoy pretending they are someone or something else for just one night.

Check out our gallery of some of the looks below.

Then let us know, who do you think wore their costumes best in the comment section.

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