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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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TODAY: ‘Tainted Dreams’ Begins To Stream Episodes On PopStar! TV Platform

Beginning today on Monday, September 23rd, the series Tainted Dreams, which shows you the behind-the-scenes antics of a fictional hit TV soap opera, will stream its first two seasons for free on the on the Popstar! TV platforms.

To view: you can download the Popstar! TV’s mobile app or visit www.popstaronline.com to watch Tainted Dreams or for more info visit https://www.tainteddreams.com/#home-section.

For those who need a refresher: Tainted Dreams follows the cast and crew behind the scenes of a hit TV soap opera called “Painted Dreams”, and of course, it’s filled with lots of twists and turns

In addition, there is a bonus episode on Popstar! TV that gives some background on how all the characters came to be a part of “Painted Dreams”.

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Sonia Blangiardo, the executive producer and creator of Tainted Dreams shared in a statement: “We are thrilled that there is more life for the show and that the new exposure will attract new viewers for the series. We’re excited to be in great company with the other shows the platform will be streaming and couldn’t be happier to be working with Craig and Jim Romanovich who has always been a loyal soap supporter.”

Tainted Dreams features a cast that includes: All My Children veterans Alicia Minshew, Walt Willey, Michael Lowry, Bobbie Eakes, Terri Ivens and the late Larkin Malloy, General Hospital’s Natalia Livingston, As the World Turns‘ Colleen Zenk, Austin Peck, Marnie Schulenburg and Kelley Menighan, Guiding Light’s Grant Aleksander, One Life to Live’s Ilene Kristen, Tonja Walker, Nathan Purdee and James DePaiva, Big Brother’s Jessie Godderz, The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Dina Manzo, and more.

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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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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