Three weeks into the run of the online versions of former ABC soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” producer Prospect Park has decided to cut the number of episodes released each week from four to two.
New episodes of “All My Children” will now be released on Mondays and Wednesdays, while “One Life to Live” will be released on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The separate behind-the-scenes recap series “More All My Children” and “More One Life to Live” currently released on Fridays will be combined into a single show.
Prospect Park cited the viewing data it has garnered from the first few weeks of the show as the reason for the change. In a lengthy letter to fans, company principals Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank stated: “In the past, these shows had their vast majority of views within the first 24 hours. Instead, our shows are primarily consumed on different days then when they originally air … as a result, we feel we have been expecting our audience to dedicate what has turned out to be an excessive amount of time to viewing these shows.”
The statement also revealed that most viewers are only watching one, not both, of the soaps; that viewers are watching every single episode and have started to fall behind, rather than just watch some of the episodes as they did when the shows were on TV; and the most common viewing times for the shows were between 12 and 1 p.m. and 5 and 7 p.m.
Aware of how controversial this decision is likely to be among passionate soap fans, Kwatinetz and Frank acknowledged, “We know our most dedicated viewers will be upset as they would probably prefer more shows to less…. We apologize to these viewers and ask them to please understand we are trying to ensure our shows succeed and not meet the fate they experienced previously. We need to devise a model that works for all viewers and follows how they want, and are actually watching, online.”
Every episode of both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will continue to be available on xfinity: