Finally, some good news for soap fans. ABC has opted to renew its sole remaining soap opera, “General Hospital,” for another year, and cancel its struggling talk/lifestyle show, “The Revolution.” GH’s fate has been in question since ABC announced that it was launching “Katie,” a talk show hosted by Katie Couric, this September and would cancel one of its daytime programs in order to give an hour back to its affiliates so that they could air what will technically be a syndicated show.
Deadline reports that “General Hospital” was saved less out of network affection for the 49-year-old soap, which has improved creatively since former “One Life to Live” head writer Ron Carlivati and executive producer Frank Valentini took over, and more out out of a hope that GH will be a stronger lead-in for “Katie” than “The Revolution.” The week of March 26, GH was watched by 2.26 million viewers, compared to 1.33 million for “The Revolution.” ‘The Revolution” also performs poorly among the key Women 18-49 demographic, averaging about half of what “One Life To Live” got in the time period.
ABC seemed determined to get out of the soap opera business, canceling “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” and replacing its daytime programming department with a new, New York based division focused on developing talk and reality shows. Had ‘The Revolution” performed on par with “The Chew,” which does nearly as well as “All My Children” did in its final year, GH would probably not have survived.
“The Revolution” will end its run on July 7. For the rest of the summer, it will be replaced by an afternoon version of “Good Morning America” until “Katie’s” debut.
GH’s stars tweeted their elation about the show’s renewal. Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) wrote, “One year renewal! Thank you ABC, GH fans, and
@valentinifrank and @carlivatiron. What a difference! Upward!” Said Laura Wright (Carly) “Thanks so much to @valentinifrank @carlivatiron. And all the fans!!!!! #GH rocks!”
The renewal is only for one year, so unless the show’s ratings improve, ABC may opt to replace the soap with another lower cost show in fall of 2014.
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