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RATINGS: OLTL hits # 2 in total households & tops GH in total viewers!

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Photo Credit: JPI Studios

The proof is the pudding, ABC! Look at the new evidence to UN-support your decision out today.  The just canceled One Life to Live rose to new heights in the just released ratings of the week of April 18-22nd!  OLTL hit # 2 in total households tying with B&B.  And here is the REAL kicker. One Life to Live bested General Hospital in total viewers! That’s right, the one show the network saved.

OLTL added another 263,000 viewers for the ratings period, and held at a solid #3 above GH which was in at #4.  In addition, One Life was dangerously close to the number # 2 spot held by B&B. So does this data sound like a show you would pull the plug on?  Check out the ratings from Soap Opera Network after the jump!

Ratings Report for the Week of April 18-22, 2011

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,704,000 (+228,000/-293,000)
2. B&B 2,849,000 (+157,000/-458,000)
3. OLTL 2,762,000 (+263,000/+507,000)
4. GH 2,547,000 (+10,000/-61,000)
5. AMC 2,521,000 (+177,000/+53,000)
6. DAYS 2,403,000 (+49,000/-103,000)

1. Y&R 3.3/11 (same/-.3)
2. B&B 2.0/6 (same/-.3) <—- ties low (3rd straight week)
2. OLTL 2.0/6 (+.1/+.3) *
4. AMC 1.9/6 (+.1/+.1)
4. GH 1.9/6 (same/same)
6. DAYS 1.7/6 (same/-.2) <—- ties low (6th straight week)

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  1. todd

    April 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Please say that this will make a difference, or at least helps OLTL find a better new home. ABC is permanently tainted, even if they do change their mind.

  2. Brooke

    April 28, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    OLTL and GH are my favorite soaps. BOTH should stay on the air for years to come.

  3. Brooke

    April 28, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Although GH maintains in lead in the important age demographics, OLTL is also giving a very respectable showing in that age group. OLTL deserves another chance. Both shows have continued value.

    Women 18-49 Viewers
    1. Y&R 913,000 (+32,000/-215,000)
    2. GH 713,000 (-58,000/-133,000)
    3. OLTL 690,000 (+22,000/+62,000)
    4. DAYS 630,000 (+33,000/-109,000)
    5. B&B 525,000 (+9,000/-175,000)
    6. AMC 520,000 (-20,000/-85,000)

    • Avelina

      April 29, 2011 at 1:30 am

      DAYS is soooooo bad at the moment- they need a miracle to pull themselves out of the mess that they have done to themselves. TPTB need to see that their current storylines are not what people want to see. However, glad to see OLTL doing great and they have great writing and they deserve the high ratings.

  4. Torrey

    April 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Hey all you OLTL fans….keep up the good work. Keep tuning in, like never before. Tell a friend, neighbor, family member to tune in. Let’s keep moving those ratings! I won’t be satisfied until we top Y&R, then what will the network have to say to justify a cancellation?

  5. Terry Richard

    April 29, 2011 at 4:37 am

    NBC…pick up this show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. mike

    April 29, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Can you imagine what this show could do with a little support and promotion from the network?

  7. Lisa

    April 29, 2011 at 6:47 am

    This is wonderful news! oh how I wish it’d make a difference to tptb

  8. mike

    April 29, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Mr. Fairman could you tell us how well One Life is doing on Soap Net in comparison to the other shows?

  9. kay killgore

    April 29, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Could it be because OLTL is filmed in NY? Their taxes and cost of everthing is out of sight! Just asking!

  10. Maura

    April 29, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Clearly this shows ABC really needs to re-think their decision. To be up 507,000 viewers from last year is HUGE. To come so close to B&B is also huge. I think ABC should hold a meeting ASAP to discuss what is going on. This is more than fans rallying. There are a lot of people out there who don’t want to see these shows go and they recognize how great OLTL is these days. High numbers = $$$ ABC… that’s what you want, right?

  11. Jackie

    April 29, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I can’t beleive you are taking off “2” good show such as OLTL and AMC, I have watched these shows since they started, so sad to see them go. You must have a better idea some where.

  12. lew

    April 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Way to go OLTL!!!!

  13. Scott Paquin

    April 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    With ratings numbers like this ABC should really rethink their stupid decision to cancel this wonderful show. What happens if it hits number one in the ratings? Will it still be cancelled? There are thousands of avid fans like myself that will continue to support this show and boycott ABC.

  14. Laurie

    April 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Shame on abc! They clearly made a huge mistake!
    I can’t imagine not having amc and oltl anymore.
    Shame on Oprah also. We all reached out to her for her help and not only did she refuse to pick them u on her network, but she didn’t even offer to help campaign for them and all their loyal fans, to save them!

  15. Laurie

    April 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    U ..was suppose to be UP. Sorry.

  16. Miffy

    April 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Folks, you do realize that we are talking about being ranked #2 among five low-rated shows (Y&R still gets decent ratings). The ratings going up a few tenths of a point aren’t going to make any difference in the show’s profitability. This doesn’t change the last 5 years of awful ratings. Stop being so delusional.

    • Brooke

      April 29, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      Rude much?

    • todd

      May 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      OLTL gained half a million viewers over last year this week. That is tremendous.

  17. Eric

    April 30, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I don’t understand why ABC doesn’t cut ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ back to half-hour. Then again, I take it that ABC has no interest in saving the soaps, and has no interest in reversing the cancellation decision. I wish that CBS/P&G could have done the same with ‘Guiding Light’ and ‘As the World Turns’.

    I would certainly be interested in seeing NBC picking up AMC and OLTL, and airing both soaps in the half-hour format in the 2PM hour. NBC cutting ‘The Today Show’ back to its original 2-hour format… and airing a newly revived ‘Later Today’ talk show in the 9AM hour. Just a thought.

  18. jacqueline

    April 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I really hope we do get picked up b another network.

  19. Dean

    May 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Please save OLTL! EVERYONE watch and encourage your friends too.

  20. PeeWee

    May 4, 2011 at 9:00 am

    How can General Hospital be safe with the one plot month after month involving the mob and very seldom having very little to do with a hospital.The show uses the same characters ,Jason,Carly,Sam,Sonny,and Michael every day and have done away with core families.They have glorified the mob and made buffoons of the police dept. so if any show has to be canceled ,how in the world does this show not make the list as number 1 ?

  21. Jan

    May 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    OLTL is one of the Best. But died once new characters were brought in and the ulimately END of STARR & COLE
    Buddy chose to leave BUT I chose to leave sooner, right before he did.

  22. Jay

    May 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I’m a dedicated fan of OLTL and watch everyday when I can when I can’t I DVR AMC and OLTL but when I saw this article I was kind of shocked to see how OLTL’s rating were a little high, fingers crossed that a network picks up both these institutions soon.

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