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RATINGS: All Soaps Down in Total Viewers!

The ratings are out for the week of March 5- 9th and all four of the remaining network soaps, showed a loss in total viewers!

While The Young and the Restless remained at number one with 4,275,000 and a loss of -78,000 viewers for the week, The Bold and the Beautiful remained at number two with 3,063,00 viewers with a loss of  -36,000, Days of our Lives remaining at number three with 2,249,000 with a loss of -119,000 and General Hospital in fourth with 2,344,000 with a loss of -59,000,  we can’t help but wonder, what is going on?

What is concerning is that GH had a slight decline fromthe previous week when it was on the upswing for the ratings period report, and was ushering in more big returns, OLTL’s favorites, and continuing to play out Robin’s exit story.  Is it a case of a failed reporting rating system glitches?  Fans not-on-board yet? As for DAYS, Y&R and B&B, what do you think they need to do to encourage you to watch more frequently?

You can check out the entire ratings courtesy of Soap Opera Network here, and also read an interesting item about a snafu that occurred with General Hospital’s DVR descriptions for for the March 2nd episode, that could have confused viewers, and makes you wonder if it could happen again, and if it really had any impact on the outcome of the ratings.

 

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James
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James

it was just one of those weeks…the good news is GH was tied for #2 in key 18-49 demo for the first time in awhile. Also, GH had 2.6M viewers last Monday (compared to the revolutions 1.4M), a number they haven’t seen in a long time as well. I’m hoping next week’s will be better for the Sonny/Todd showdown and Robin’s funeral. We’ll see.

barbara t
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barbara t

I hope you are right ,because I am getting nervous,now is not the time for the ratings to go down .

Debi
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Debi

While so much of GH has gotten better, there are alot of flaws still. Robins death was ridiculously done. Ridiculous. Her father is told a lie by Luke and leaves town. BIG MISTAKE. Then he sends a letter? We were introduced to new people from OLTL while we should have been concentrating on Robin. LOVE Todd & Blair, but Robin should have been dealt with properly first. Even the funeral. Half a church? Where were all the people? She was a genious in her area of study as a Dr, and half a Church? Reception at the hospitals rooftop? Who… Read more »

Shelby
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Shelby

Agree, the Scorpio story was terrible and a wasted golden opportunity.

Dont think its a coincidence that the day Tristan Rogers returns, 2/29 the ratings were a 2.0 (highest in months). They stayed strong for the remaining days of his run. The day after he left after a total character destruction the ratings were a 1.7.

Debi
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Debi

Perfect words ” a wasted opportunity’ (Scorpio)
I think it made less sense to even bring him back than to have him skip out of his daughters wedding!
btw….this week is spring break, not last week or the week before. Don’t expect ratings to gain in the near future. Which is too bad. Time is coming to an end.

barbara t
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barbara t

I would watch all the soaps if they werent all on at the same time ,at least they are here in florida,general hospital is ok where it is ,I watch days of our lives the other two are one when thats on. I dont trust the ratings ,On march 2nd I heard that every one who taped gh there dvrs didnt tape ,its a mystery and there is still no answers,could that mean the ratings are not fair and the networks can fix them so they can lie,however I will make a wild guess alot of the one life to… Read more »

Connie Boaz
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Connie Boaz

Last week was Spring Break for many. Could be the reason why. Hard to watch a soap laying on the beach!

Debi
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Debi

I agree, but I think Spring break is next week. Oh Oh!

Shelly
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Shelly

Yes, spring break will cover a couple of weeks. I just got back from a 2 week trip to Florida, and I was only able to catch 1 episode of Days and GH each. And, the GH episode was pre-empted around 3:30 due to the killing of an area police officer (definately good cause for pre-emption). Anyway, I suspect ratings will improve slightly as things get back to normal. Easter/Passover will be another downer as many religious schools close for the entire week and families head out for vacation. I agree with Barbara, I wish some soaps would not overlap… Read more »

Shari
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Shari

I really think that something is off with the ratings for DVR’s and website watchers. Maybe even soapnet viewers. I believe that a lot of people record the soaps and watch them either pager that night or as a marathon on the weekend when they don’t have to wait until tomorrow to watch what comes next. I have friends that no longer watch prime time shows during the regular seas on of their run ap that there is instant gratification with the storyline. Many friends who never watched Lost or Heroes or Glee during the season but waited for the… Read more »

krktoday
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krktoday

I tape GH every day because I have to work. I put it on during the day on Saturday and let it run all day. I hate sport’s and this make’s my Saturday TV viewing great. The commercial’s run too. I don’t have time to run for my remote just because a commercial come’s on and I appreciate the fact they sponser the show I love to watch

Dee
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Dee

I came back hoping to see a strong Scorpio family at least for a bit before KMc left. What did I get? Maybe 6 minutes of my fav mother/daughter duo, a father who turned into a podperson and left to find a son that isn’t his with a woman who lied about it. WTF?!! This is not what a lot of people were hoping for. We were hoping that RnA were going to come to PC to spend a bit of time with their daughter before she left and maybe have them stay behind to clean the mob out of… Read more »

NCB
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NCB

I miss OLTL something terrible! I have tried to watch the other shows, but I do not have a strong enough history behind them to get me interested.. Other soap fans that I talk to are just scared to get into another soap, just to have it cancelled as well. Its just a matter of time, and i do not want to e experience the loss of another soap again. Money/ profit=end game not viewers.

Jared
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Jared

Some of us are still boycotting abcd channel. I won’t return until our beloved ONE LIFE TO LIVE either returns or the OLTL stories and characters are ALL moved to GH. That’s just me. I know there are varying opinions out there, and I respect them, as those who disagree with mine should respect mine. Long live ONE LIFE TO LIVE. I’ll never forget. DAYS has been more interesting than in the past, but geez, those sets are awfully distracting! How many times does Stefano’s front door show up in different locations? Come on guys, I know budgets are tight,… Read more »

david
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david

I am so with you on OLTL. I miss it; I’ll never forget; it will always be in my heart. I don’t watch ABC (except GH).

gloria
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gloria

Oh my God, me too. Every single day I miss OLTL. I am clinging to GH & watch all the rest, Y&R, B&B & Days & I really love them all because I just plain love soaps but listen, all of these together DO NOT HOLD A CANDLE TO OLTL-they just DO NOT. Damn it, it was so good-now I went back & forth over the decades from CBS to ABC-I cannot say I’ve seen every episode of OLTL. I went to CBS in the ’90s although thru Soap Opera Digest I kept up with all the ABC & NBC… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Yes I miss OLTL so much!!!!!!!!!!!! It was a quality show………..Where OLTL differs from GH is: OLTL charcters were like a close knit family … They CARED for one another deeply.. You could see this in every episode you watched…OLTL was a CLASS ACT….It was heart-warming.. GH should develop some of these qualities…Don’t feel the closeness in GH like I felt in OLTL… If GH had these qualities , the ratings would sky rocket… I want the soaps to continue on daytime!!!!!!!! What is it with everyone ???? Why are they losing interest??????? I still like my stories after all… Read more »

Shelly
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Shelly

Jared, OMG, I miss OLTL terribly, as well as the other family centered dramas, As the World Turns and Guiding Light. I am trying very hard to watch Y & R, it is a ridiculous mess as you said. I find myself changing the channel at Days at 1:00. The worst time of day is 2-3 pm, where OLTL used to be. I make sure I’m in the room so that the channel is definately NOT on ABC or CBS.

Debi
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Debi

We have 2 weeks for magical changes to happen to keep GH on the air. I don’t see it happening. OLTL is over. Soon GH will be to.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

For me, I am trying to rekindle my GH love. It is difficult to give a new soap a try as I did with DAYS. I have followed Y&R and B&B but here we have the most successful soaps, yet for me they are the least satisfying in story. I guess it is my problem but the soaps to which I was faithful… ATWT, OLTL, and AMC are the ones the powers opted to cancel.

Joe
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Joe

I think the soaps need to step up their writing and churn out some good stories that relate to what’s going on now. Maybe check out the headlines look at Criminal Minds and get ideas . Soaps were good back in the 80’s and 90’s because of the adventure and romance with he hidden dangers lurking, now he soaps are pretty boring and I hate saying that because I am the biggest soap fan.we also have the Internet to blame because the kids of today are constantly on their iPads iPods and playing video games and everyone is working now… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

I can think of at least 2 thingd that would make ALL ratings go down… Spring Breaks AND the basketball stuff… we had at least 2 TVs on at work for the basketball games, people were gathered around there for some time – and it was the soap time! dang! why can’t they turn on soaps for a change at work instead of news! te he he

Maya
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Maya

Young and the Resteless Needs a Creative Writing Staff.
MAB &C. SUCKS they are not giving balance to the show
it is all one-sided. That needs to be fixed if that show is to survive.
CBS and SonyPictures step in and do something!

david
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david

What really shocked me was The Chew having more viewers than GH (2,489,000 compared to 2,403,000) for the week of February 27-March 2. The Chew numbers will embolden ABC to cancel GH. ABC could replace GH with a game show. The Price is Right has 4-5 million viewers. All of these numbers are better than the canceled Rosie O’Donnell Talk Show on OWN, which was only averaging 190,000 viewers. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/own-cancels-rosie-o-donnell-301270 It isn’t that people do not like soaps. They like them in primetime. The soaps still have more viewers than some primetime shows on cable. Are all the daytime soap… Read more »

Shelly
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Shelly

Im really really disgusted that any loyal soap fan would give the Spew the time of day.

Heidi
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Heidi

In several areas soaps were pre-empted for basketball towards the end of last week for some ridiculous reason. I am sure that won’t help the next set of ratings either.

I also heard MORE people again have had problems with their DVRs not recording during the week of March 5th.

toscanti
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toscanti

The weather has been beautiful here in OHIO and many of us Buckeyes have been outside. Just cancel the Revulsion and move GH to 2 pm. Enough already.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I agree !!!!!!! CANCEL THE REVOLUTION ASAP!!!!!!!!!!! Yes and put GH in it’s time slot….What are they waiting for???????????????Get this CRAP off daytime!!!!!!!!!!

Blake
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Blake

I’m surprised to see that Days went down, their stories have picked up recently and have gotten more interesting.

david
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david

I recently just started watching Days after OLTL was killed, and I like the Brady-Madison-Ian storyline. I can’t believe Madison isn’t smart and strong enough to tell Brady that Ian threatened him. Brady should be able to figure out that Madison feels forced to deny her feelings to protect him.

Blake
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Blake

Yeah I don’t get that either. Hopefully before it’s too late and Brady goes to someone else they can work together to take Ian down themselves!

Brian
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Brian

I truly feel the rating system is to blame. I wish Canadian views could also be counted.

Debi
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Debi

My Summary of the week: sonya said… Karen what does Exequias a Amicus mean? 🙂 And yeah Jason reading a gun magazine hahahaha! Where did he get that? 🙂 *********** It was laying on top of his black t-shirt in the closet. lol Patrick & Anna held the show Thursday & Friday. There acting was so believable and heart wrenching. KUDOS to BOTH. KUDOS to showing Robin’s life growing up on GH. We all got to see alot of our favorites who alot of people don’t know, yet they were the heart & sole of GH at a time. That… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I agree.. There weren’t many people in the church… You could count them on your fingers..Pretty PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!

GemmaG
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GemmaG

GH has become soooo good lately!! Thank you so much RC and FV, and thank you for removing that dreadful opening music!! LOVE the Mannings and CAN’T WAIT to see them again. Have not been this into GH since grade school in the late 70’s. But loss of viewers may be due to all the people telling others that soaps are unpopular or maybe they think watching and getting hooked will only be painful when ABC cancels the soap at it’s zenith, like they did to OLTL. Or maybe there are so many complainers out there, that execs think replacing… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Gh has gotten better.. The writers need to do even better!!!!!!!!!!!

FP
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FP

Despite the fact that GH was down a little from the week before, it still managed to gain a whopping 940,000 viewers from its Revulsion lead-in. Thanks to Cartini, the show is finding its heart and soul again (Robin’s funeral was very moving). It hasn’t been this good since the 90s. Fans need to keep spreading the word that the old GH is beginning to re-emerge, and it’s only going to get better. Hopefully, ABC will soon ditch the Revulsion and move GH into the 2PM EST slot (there’s an interesting item at SON re: the possibility of this happening).… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Concerning GH Robin’s funeral was awful none of her co workers there? And when did hit-man Jason become so fragile and who stands in the men’s locker room with someone you don’t know and he is in a towel and blah-blah-blah about Carly wanting to sleep with your husband. Sam could not even attend the funeral to honor the woman who saved your husband’ life. Disgusting! B&B teenyboppers killing it, Y&R does not even come close to the show it once was. You want the soaps to survive get writers to WRITE or they are all gone.

david
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david

All of what you said on GH, and what physician would expose himself to a woman in a hospital locker room? He would be fired. This psychiatrist Dr Keenan is a narcissistic exhibitionist and he’s going to treat patients for mental disorders?

Susan M.
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Susan M.

don’t care for Sam……

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Like her years ago when she was with caleb(M. Easton)

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Just so everyone will know when I make comments about the characters on the shows it is always about the characters not the actors. I do live in realville not reelville! I know the actors must roll their eyes too at some of this stuff but if they are truly sincere about saving the last 4 they need to really do their research etc the way the character of Sam has acted just is not realistic at all.

david
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david

Disney announces an expected loss of $200 million on its new film John Carter. That would have been enough money to keep both GH and OLTL going for 2 years or one soap for 4 years. This company can waste millions on a film, but can’t support dearly loved soaps. Crash and burn, Disney, and take all your executives and shareholders with you.
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118051647?refCatId=13

Emily
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Emily

So true, so true!! Saw a promo for a new comedy “Apt 23” or something like that. It looks dumb, stupid obvious and therefore not funny raunchy jokes, another flop.

Amy
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Amy

It floors me that GH is at the bottom! The acting, production value, and stories are superb!

Days Of Our Lives

Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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All My Children

‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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General Hospital

ESPN and GH’s Stephen A. Smith Welcomes Maurice Benard & Eric Braeden to His New Show, ‘Stephen A’s World’

This week, famed sports personality and icon, and recurring General Hospital star, Stephen A. Smith (Brick), has launched his new series on ESPN+ streaming service entitled Stephen A’s World  Smith also serves as the series executive producer through his production company SAS Productions.

On Thursday, January 14th, be on the lookout for two other icons to join Smith! That is when his two daytime favorites and friends; Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) will be his special guesst.  As soap fans know, Smith spoke at Braeden’s 40th anniversary milestone with Y&R and frequently shares scenes with Benard on GH.

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The weeknight series goes beyond the sports headlines to give the audience an authentic and unique understanding of the stories that matter with Smith’s style and entertainment perspective, including deep expertise and unparalleled relationships with some of the most influential figures in sports, entertainment, and more.  The 30-minute episodes will be available every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night and available anytime on demand.

Smith said about Stephen A’s World: “This is definitely something new. Sure, it’ll be sports-related. I’ll never depart from that. But this is also a look inside MY world, beyond what you customarily see from me across all the other ESPN platforms. From talking to A-List guests, to bringing ‘Baby Stephen A’ into the mix, to asking the ‘Love Doctor’ to save a few relationships sports are actually compromising, you just never know what you’ll get from me day-to-day. It all depends on my mood. That’s Stephen A’s World in a nutshell. Putting the PLUS in ESPN+. And I can’t wait.”

Make sure to check out the conversations between Stephen, Maurice, and Eric tomorrow night and check out Stephen’s new show.  Let us know if you will be watching via the comment section below.

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