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RATINGS: Oh the irony! OLTL up to # 3 as show is canceled!

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Well this bit of news while making us smirk with vindication, that finally more viewers are tuning in to One Life to Live during  it’s recent fantastic episodes and storylines, comes with such bitter irony!For the week of April 4th- 8th, One Life moved into the number three spot among all the soaps.  A position it has not held for quite some time!  And yet, ABC while garnering some additional viewers and picking up steam still axed it from the line-up this past Thursday.

One Life added +56,000 viewers, while General Hospital fell below OLTL losing -115,000.  Now All My Children on the other hand was at the bottom at number six as the lowest rated for the week losing another – 80,000 viewers.

So again, we ask, did Brian Frons and ABC have to cancel both soaps at one time?   View the full ratings from Soap Opera Network after the jump!

Ratings Report for the Week of April 4-8, 2011

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,563,000 (-179,000/-770,000)
2. B&B 2,827,000 (-82,000/-426,000)
3. OLTL 2,630,000 (+56,000/+150,000)
4. GH 2,605,000 (-115,000/-163,000)
5. DAYS 2,363,000 (+135,000/-354,000)
6. AMC 2,303,000 (-80,000/-123,000)

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MEG
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MEG

TOO FURIOUS TO WRITE ANYTHING,!

Karen
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Karen

It is just too sad and frustrating all rolled up in one. Maybe they can move the soaps to ABC Family after hours or sell them?

Lisa Dalporto
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Lisa Dalporto

That’s because ratings don’t matter. It’s cheaper to produce “lifestyle” shows and, therefore, the remaining surplus of money can go directly into the paychecks of the greedy Brian Frons and Anne Sweeney.

Dee
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Dee

I agree that the ratings don’t matter and that they just want to produce cheaper shows so they can have more money in their bank accounts. It will backfire! They’re driving people away more than they know. OLTL’s ratings were at number 3 for at least a week during the last sweeps period. More proof that ratings don’t matter.

Casie
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Casie

yep..pointed it out yesterday when I read Frons reply on “LA Times”…bullshit on the GH is as high as YR!

Darlene January
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Darlene January

You mean to tell me that with all the viewers combined that ABC/Disney is not making any money on sponsorships, give me a break!! Please sign two petitions http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/SAVINGSOAPS-AMC-OLTL/ or http://www.petitiononline.com/bsfrons/petition.html thank you!

Andrea Dawson
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Andrea Dawson

ABC needs to stop this right now. We will not give up. I will never forgive the station for this. Keep AMC and OLTL on the air

Jill
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Jill

One Life to Live deserves it’s raise in the ratings. The show has been incredible this year! It is the only show that consistantly surprises it’s viewers with crazy twists and storylines with conclusions that actually stay hidden until they are ready to reveal it to us. It has been a great year! Do not cancel OLTL!!! This show is amazing!!!!

Tammy H
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Tammy H

Agreed! I couldn’t say it any better, Jill!

Dawn
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Dawn

I understand that AMC has had a lot of issues with cost control as well as ratings, but I just can’t understand OLTL being canceled as well. Why not cancel just AMC and see what happens? Give OLTL a year and see what happens with the ratings. The show has improved so much over the last few months. Promote it everywhere and see if it picks up steam. Obviously the fans are more than willing to help promote it. I would much rather work to help promote OLTL, than battle ABC to keep it on the air. They could come… Read more »

Denise Robinson
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Denise Robinson

I, sadly agree with Lisa. For TPTB in charge, it’s not going to change a thing that OLTL had more viewers over AMC and GH. ABCD wants OUT of producing their daytime serials. GH has gotten a last minute save, but I wouldn’t be shocked to find out that they will probably be canceled in 2012.

ABCD wants out of producing daytime drama. That speaks volumns to me, more than the BS about “trying to find a new home” for AMC or OLTL.

eiwcakeff
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eiwcakeff

OLTL has been doing really well since the first of the yr and it took peeps a while to catch on but they did their s/l have been great much better than the keeper GH. Can anyone say agenda driven.

Andrea Graves
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Andrea Graves

ABC was my favorite t.v. network to watch, until they canceled the only 2 soap operas I watch: All My Children and One Life to Live. I watch All My Children and One Life to Live every single day and ever since I was 18 years old. I will not watch their replacement shows! Uninterested! I am incredibly disappointed in ABC’s decision to cancel these one-of-a-kind IRREPLACEABLE iconic shows! I LOVE AMC and OLTL! I look forward to these shows every single day! Their replacement shows will not last; they WILL be canceled, I guarantee it! I am begging ABC… Read more »

david
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david

You didn’t mention how well OLTL is doing among girls 12-17 years old: 1. DAYS 28,000 (+8,000/+4,000) 2. OLTL 26,000 (+12,000/-7,000) 3. B&B 19,000 (+4,000/-12,000) 3. Y&R 19,000 (-3,000/-33,000) 5. GH 9,000 (-3,000/-51,000) 6. AMC 8,000 (-2,000/-16,000) In terms of total viewers Y&R and B&B may be ahead of OLTL now, but the strength of OLTL among younger girls suggests it has an increasing fan base to grow into the future, which makes its cancellation all the more ill-conceived. AMC is pretty much at the bottom or next to the bottom in all categories that its cancellation is more sensible.… Read more »

Betsey
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Betsey

Well, we all know that Guza and Frons are Best Buds – which would be the reason why/how GH got their stay of execution.

I also wanted to point out that no matter how many Soaps are left on-air, someone will always have to be at the bottom. Can you imagine the ratings race that would ensue if there were only four Soaps left?!? Networks will just keep canceling the lowest rated Soap, until there are none left.

Just saying.

david
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david

You are right. It doesn’t matter what soap is at the bottom of the ratings, if it is adequately competing against other programming in its time slot. And even if it isn’t, it doesn’t mean it couldn’t be moved to a different time slot where it might be more competitive.

david
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david

OLTL is the ONLY show with MORE viewers compared to last year (+150,000) and it was canceled?! OLTL is growing compared to all of the other shows!

Sad Soap Lover
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Sad Soap Lover

I hope everyone will contact other television stations and ask them to consider picking up AMC and OLTL. I, along with many others have left our comments on Oprah’s network webside OWN, since she loves AMC maybe she will reconsider picking up these shows if enough of us respond. Here is the link to her site: http://www.oprah.com/own/what_do_you_think.html

Mims
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Mims

PLEASE JOIN “STOP ABC FROM CANCELLING AMC & OLTL” GROUP ON FB WE NEED NUMBERS TO FIGHT THEM. WE NEED TO BECOME A UNITED FRONT UNDER ONE GROUP, AND TAKE 1 MILLION MEMBERS TO ABC/DISNEY SAYING WE ARE BOYCOTTING THEM. PLEASE COME JOIN US http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Abc-from-Cancelling-Amc-and-Oltl-Soaps/202769609755007

teresa
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teresa

this really sucks i work late afternoons i only watch my soaps i refuse to watch these other show

Heidi
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Heidi

I still can’t believe OLTL is being cancelled… have watched it on and off again since it started. Great writing most of the time and great acting all of the time! Again I will not be watching anything but GH after OLTL is cancelled on ABC. I only hope someone buys OLTL and does it justice since we know ABC is incapable of doing so. I am so tired of reality shows Mr Frons!

Lawrence
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Lawrence

As much as I hate to see these iconic shows as well as this genre leave us, ratings dont matter– profitability matters. The numbers dictate that the network can increase profitability by replacing these shows. Its that simple. We all should just accept it since ABC isnt necessarily worried if you boycott their network since a whole new crop of viewers is waiting to replace you ( and me). If somebody is smart, we will find these shows on DVD or streaming somewhere, and have a lifetime of repeats to keep us connected…

Miffy
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Miffy

Being number 3 in a list of 6 – when five of those six shows have poor ratings – is not impressive.

Not a vindication, sorry.

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TONIGHT: 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS

Who will take home the gold at Sunday night’s 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards?  Well, from the looks of it .two heavy favorites going into it are Ted Lasso in the comedy categories, and The Crown in the dramatic categories, but as we have seen on previous Emmys there may be upsets afoot.

Other leading contenders through the night will include the series: The Mandalorian, WandaVision, The Handmaid’s Tale, Saturday Night Live, Lovecraft CountryThe Queen’s Gambit and Mare of Easttown.

Cedric the Entertainer will host the three-hour special on CBS beginning at 8 pm EST emanating from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.  Pandemic and all there will be a return to an opening number.

 

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The broadcast’s executive producer, Ian Stewart, confirmed an opening number, when he previously told Deadline, the number “is going to be a lot of people participating, singing, rapping.  It’s hopefully going to be a very impactful start, a ton of fun.”

The Primetime Emmys will have nominees in attendance, with a more limited amount virtually, and those who have tickets can stay in the venue through the whole show, unlike the Grammys or Oscars were those nominated were ushered in and out.  Look for the Emmys to take place outside the theatre under a tent.

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One Life to Live alum Renée  Elise Goldsberry (Ex-Evangeline) will be competing in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her role in Hamilton.  Another OLTL alum, Jonathan Groff (Ex-Henry), is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role in Hamilton, as well.

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In the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Sterling K. Brown tries to win another Emmy for his role as Randall Pearson on This Is Us.   To view all the nominees, head on over to the TV Academy’s website.

This past June, CBS also aired the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in a pre-packaged show for broadcast due to Covid-19 restrictions.

So, who are you rooting for to win the gold at the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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