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101 August 13th, 2014 General Hospital To Switch Time Slots In Some Markets!

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ABC has confirmed that General Hospital will move time slots in certain markets back to its original time slot that it held for 25 years prior to moving up one hour earlier in 2012!  That time slot was of course 3PMET/2PMPT

Intel on which cities television markets and the dates the time change will go into effect will be forthcoming from ABC.

This switch has nothing to do with any cancellation issues with the show, as it continues to be doing exceedingly well and is on steady ground.

As ABC viewers know, Katie Couric’s talker, Katie took over the existing GH time slot two years ago in most markets, which prompted GH to move back an hour!  Now that Couric will be gone, looks like certain markets will run GH back in that time slot! 

On-Air On-Soaps will give you up-to-date tune information when it becomes available!  What do you think of some markets getting GH back its original time slot?  Let us know!

 

 

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  1. Tammy Kreiss says:

    Yay!!! Sort of. Lol I got used to all my soaps one after the other, then Days at 3:00 I taped for after GH. I guess I can watch it 2-3 & adjust again!

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  2. Natalie says:

    Ugh! Hope where I am isn’t affected. I used to lose the 2PM time Central, but now LOVE an hour earlier at 1 PM since I pick up my kids at 3. DVR will make it easier to watch now, but would hate not to watch all the way through.

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    Roseann Hignett replied

    Great!! I’m so busy that I sometimes miss it at 2!

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  3. Mark says:

    What’s going in its place?

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Most likely a talk show…i know some are hoping OLTL and AMC as half hour shows but that is highly unlikely…cast has moved on!!!

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    Timmm replied

    Steve Harvey and he is horrible!

    shrona replied

    According to the promos airing in Boston on Channel 5, it’s Meredith Vieira (new show) at 3 followed by Ellen at 4 and then news. So as of now GH is staying at 2.

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    Caren replied

    In NY it will be Millionaire followed by Daytime Jeopardy.

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  4. DzzDee says:

    Now if they can revive OLTL Daytime will be the best! I don’t think the time change will effect my schedule on bit. Just glad it’s on the line up!

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  5. JeffyJC says:

    It has done better at 2PM eastern in the ratings. I think WFTV 9

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    JeffyJC replied

    I wasn’t done, I think WFTV 9 will stick with DR OZ at 3pm. Myself I like it better at 2PM Eastern

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    AJ replied

    I’m pretty sure WFTV (& any other Cox owned ABC affiliate) will keep GH at 2. After Katie was canceled, Cox purchased Dr. Oz for its affiliates to go into Katie’s slot. The same applies to WSB (Atlanta’s cox owned ABC affiliate)

    JeffyJC replied

    Katie never aired on WFTV, Katie has aired on WESH 2 at 2PM competing against GH. WFTV went with Steve Harvey in 2012 and then replace it with Dr OZ.

  6. Jody says:

    If this is going to split the East Coast markets, it will adversely affect the social media aspect of live tweeting of the show (which, in my opinion, generates interest). if they keep the coasts and zones at the same time, it should be fine, especially since high school students can watch live at 3:00.

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    GH50 replied

    And that is a very real problem. It looks like NY and Philadelphia are going to 3pm but Boston and others will remain at 2pm, although I have no confirmation on that.

    In general this is not a good sign for GH. Shifting time period can adversely impact the show. The lead in of The Chew is an important component and adds to GH’s success. The fact that they end every episode with stay tuned for general Hospital up next is not a coincidence. It is a similar audience and has good flow and support.

    If the Network is willing to risk the health of the show to allow certain stations to move it where they think it benefits that station specifically, possibly thinking it is a stronger lead in for their 4p news, then you have to wonder about ABC’s commitment to it’s Soap. If they are so happy with the ratings and the show is on solid ground, then keeping it’s time slot not only where it is, but consistent in each time zone, would be a priority, not the needs of a few individual stations.

    GH will have a different lead in, it will be on at a new time, and it will be on at different times in the same time zone, effecting the social media aspect of the show and risking that people in large markets like NY and Philadelphia may follow the twitter timeline or message board live threads before the show airs in their markets and may decide not to tune in on certain days. This is not good for GH.

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    Jody replied

    Exactly my point (of course, more eloquently written)

    MBmomof3 replied

    That’s a valid point.

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  7. tskyent says:

    I never liked tem swishing the time slot in the first place.

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  8. don holley says:

    It’s moving back to 2p.m. In Chicago, where it never shoul live. Where it should’ve never left! I #BlameKatie for this whole mess, But I’m cool w/ the change.

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  9. SZima says:

    SOB! Keep it in the same time slot so all the soaps run one after another…at least in my time zone! Why do the networks have to fuck around with the time slots anyway???

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    4ever DAYS replied

    Do you watch all four soaps? Do you have favorites? Which one would you drop if you had to? Please reply.

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    Shirley MacDonald replied

    I would say General Hospital, I used to watch Santa Barbara and the Edge of Night. It was a great soap opera and also would say that General Hospital has always been my favorite. I love Nancy Grahn since her Santa Barbara days and a role on OLTL. Also, watched her as she progressed on a movie. Always knew she could act. I like the fella who plays Julian Jerome- a real good Canadian actor and person. The pairing of Alexis and Julian is magic. so, my favorite is General Hospital while Nancy and Wil are on. I do like some of the pairings.but favorite is Juliexis

    SZima replied

    4ever Days, to answer your question, my “favorite” changes often depending on the stories at the time. Right now, DOOL is probably my favorite followed by GH. B&B is my least favorite and I FF much of it. Y&R I’ve been watching off and on for years, so I stick with it even though it’s really struggling right now. Since I record all shows, I watch what I like and FF what I don’t, so it doesn’t take long to watch all shows.

    4ever DAYS replied

    Thank you for your reply!

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  10. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    If its doing so good why change it…i did like it best at 3:00pm in my area…maybe if NBC moved Days to 2pm in my area away from Y&R its ratings would increase…dont really know what to think about the time change…will 30 min. versions of AMC and OLTL be its lead in…kidding, i know those two are most sincerly dead…i guess ABC wants the 2pm for its new talk show since Katie failed at 3pm? I just wonder…will GHs ratings be better…or worse? Just a thought!!!

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  11. Jenny Brooks says:

    I really hope they keep all the markets in the U.S. Eastern Standard Time Zone at the same time. There are a lot of us out there now that watch together and chat live about it on Facebook.

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  12. Omar says:

    Now if they can bring back AMC @ 2PM and OLTL @ 2:30 PM, it will be perfect.

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    Claudio replied

    Omar my friend, AMC AND OLTL will never come back to abc. ABC will never admit, there mistake in cancelling both soaps. I am over it now, rip AMC and OLTL. Lets enjoy the 4 soaps, remaining on tv and support them.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Plus some of the shows stars like Kassie D. has moved on and she is appearing on Days!!! Maybe if GH plans a spinoff with some of its bloated cast that would be ok but im certain none of the networks will ever attempt anymore soaps in its lineup…

    Shirley MacDonald replied

    no!no! and NO!

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  13. MARY DITANNA PENDRAK says:

    IT WAS TOUGH WHEN WE HAD TO SWITCH TO 2PM. EST. TIME., NOW, IT WOULD GO BACK TO 3PM. EST. TIME, AND IF IT MEANS GH IS STILL THE BEST SOAP ON TV, ESPECIALLY SINCE I’VE WATCHED IT NOW ALMOST 51YRS. I’LL EXCEPT 3PM. IF IT HAPPENS TO US. LOVE THIS SHOW, LOVE ALL THE CAST. SOME ARE BETTER ACTORS AND ACTRESSES, BUT, EVEN THOUGH SOMETIMES THEY MAKE ME CRAZY, I LOVE THEM TOO. I COMMENT WHEN I THINK IT’S NECESSARY, AND SHUT MY ITALIAN MOUTH WHEN I SHOULD. KEEP US UP-TO-DATE ON THE TIMING. THANKS FOR THE INFO.
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    luv.swans replied

    don’t yell…

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  14. Susan says:

    GH changes back to its original timeslot in San Antonio Texas on September 8, 2014. Have known about time change or possible cancellation at the end of NBA finals. Received confirmation of GH timeslot change a week and a half ago. Contacted my local affiliate to get some answers.

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  15. su0000 says:

    hmmm
    I do not know if that is good or not..
    I, and probably a million others, watch online at our convenience (anytime anywhere)

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  16. Stacy says:

    I would love it back at 3 on the East Coast

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  17. brian says:

    One can only hope (in vain, of course) that this is make way for the return of “One Life To Live” !

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    Sarah Kennedy replied

    Meredith Viera’s new show starts on Sept. 8. in CST and I bet it is going to 1:00 pm to give the TALK more competition.

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  18. Ann Turner says:

    I am happy that they will be moving GH back to the original time slot. It should have stayed at 3 p.m. Be sure to let us know when this change goes into effect.

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  19. David says:

    This is interesting does this mean the affiliates will be getting the earlier time slot to fill after their local news? Just seems really weird. Will be interesting to see where this is going to happen. I think the show benefited being in the current time slot not sure moving it back is such a good idea

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  20. Charday says:

    I have no issue with the time change, but it should be shown at a nationwide, consistent time.

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  21. Eric says:

    No big deal, GH is here to stay. Its safe for now.

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  22. JustSaying says:

    Well, it makes room for the return of any soap they choose. Either AMC or OLTL. Or perhaps a shorten version of both.

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  23. Tom says:

    Bring back One Life to Live in its former time slot.

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    Tom replied

    Right before General Hospital.

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  24. Michael says:

    I got used to the 1:00 PST time slot that I forgot that it was originally on at 2:00. I DVR the show anyway so it really doesn’t make much of a difference.

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  25. su0000 says:

    LOL @ people who actually believe OLTL amd or AMC will be brought back..
    It will never ever happen..
    There is not a prayer that it will happen..

    None of the networks want them and ABC will never air them, again, that is obvious..
    We are very lucky the GH was not also taken away..

    OLTL and AMC are DEAD GONE and buried in the soap graveyard.. :)

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  26. Tim says:

    GH is staying at 2pm in Pittsburgh.Steve Harvey is taking the 3pm slot.

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  27. David says:

    Everyone has to realize that the 3PM EST slow was given to the local affiliates. Some aired Katie while others aired other programming in that slot. Stop the this gives room to bring OLTL back because all this means is that in the markets that move the show to 3pm they will fill either the 1pm or 2pm hour with either the new Meredith talk show or some other show.

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    su0000 replied

    I heard/read they are unleashing some type of doctor show ..

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    AJ replied

    Thank you David for being the only person who understands! The time slot is the local affiliates, not ABC’s. The local affiliate may choose to shift GH to 3. Every affiliate still will fill the hour with their own programming, whether “some type of doctor show” or any other talk show.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Some markets may even drop it in favor of less costly shows in the 3pm market…i seen this happen with the Edge Of Night and their ratings dropped and they were cancelled…hope it doesnt happen to GH!!!

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    MBmomof3 replied

    It also happened to Loving on ABC. I really hope that doesn’t happen to GH. I understand that it has happened to DOOL in some markets. I suspect that is one of the reasons DOOL has such low ratings.

  28. Becky says:

    I hope it changes in my area; an hour later is much more convenient for me. It always makes me nervous when shows keep changing time slots though, as it makes it hard for people to find it. Just glad it’s sticking around.

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  29. Laurie Duncau says:

    I am glad. Now I won’t miss as much ant more. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

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  30. Ree says:

    Yeah! Now I can come home from work and watch!!!

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  31. Tima says:

    With Verizon Fios in my area General Hospital would come on at 2 and 3 due to there being two ABC channels. Katie would come on one of the channels at 4 with the other showing Queen Latifah at 3. However with Comcast Xfinity it is only on at 2 and instead of Katie we get Queen Latifah at 3.

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  32. betty says:

    yes cant wait hope it happens in Mississippi I watch dool and gh if dose I want have to watch gh online can watch on tv.

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  33. Chris says:

    Something is wrong above. GH aired at 3 pm/ET for much longer than 25 years. In fact, it was on at that time for the overwhelming majority of its history. From 1964-76, it was a 30-minute show from 3-3:30. (The show actually debuted at 1 pm the prior year.) Then, following 18 months airing for 45 minutes (starting at 3:15), GH moved back to 3 pm when ABC expanded it to 60 minutes in January 1978. The show stayed in that hour-long slot until the move in September 2012 (34 years). Combine that with GH’s early years as a half-hour show and it aired at exactly 3 pm for roughly 46 1/2 years (48 years within the 3-4 pm hour).

    I

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  34. Dan says:

    Doesn’t affect me one way or the other. Been recording the show for 20 years, and I will continue to do so regardless of what time it’s on. Catching up on GH is something I look forward to doing every weekend.

    Very glad to hear that GH is on safe footing for the time being with ABC, which certainly wasn’t the case a few years ago. That’s why to the people that love to complain about the current regime, just keep in mind that if it weren’t for them, General Hospital would be a distant memory right now. So I say thank you to them for keeping it going.

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    Johnny replied

    General Hospital already is a distant memory. If you tuned in on Wednesday you will know why.

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  35. mike says:

    ABC. Is not airing any program in Katies former timeslot it belongs to your local affiliate. In San Antonio we are getting a local talk entertainment show at 1pm followed by GH at 2pm starting September 8

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  36. Naomi says:

    I prefer it be 2pm Central time for Illinois.
    That’s where it belongs. Should have never moved it!!

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  37. Johnny says:

    What an absolutely disgusting hour of television! The August 13, 2014 episode of GH was the most revolting, horrific episode of a soap opera I have ever had the misfortune to witness. However, it accomplished one thing….I am no longer a viewer of this show. I have watched it all my life and I cant continue to watch the vile offensive piece of filth it has become. Until we meet again GH…when Cartini is replaced.

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    Shay replied

    It does rather make one shudder to think where they will go to next, doesn’t it, Johnny???? You just know that this bunch won’t stop with their latest example …they always feel the need to top themselves with an even greater level of depravity.

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  38. Teddy Hawes says:

    I see this as a sign that ABC is getting AMC & OLTL back

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    David replied

    And I see this as a sign that you’re delusional.

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  39. Ginger Rocco says:

    I love GH will watch whatever time it us on. I usually tape so I can relax in evening and fast forward commercials. ..as long as it is still on I am a happy camper

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  40. AJ says:

    I would hope by now that the mourning period would be over. AMC & OLTL are DEAD. They are not coming back. Even if ABC wanted to bring them back, they’d have to pry the time slots from the local affiliates which would be next to impossible. Enjoy GH and the other soaps. Or don’t. Regardless, AMC & OLTL are but a memory.

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  41. Tammy Judy says:

    That steve harvy show suppose be coming on at 3on sept.8on abc so we gh take him off?

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    JeffyJC replied

    Steve Harvey has nothing to do with ABC it’s a syndicated show, that airs on different stations at different times. ABC has not had anything at 3PM. And the post said Some Markets will put it back at 3pm Eastern, not all. it’s up to what your local station wants

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    Timmm replied

    Your right. Local ABC stations want to start their local earlier evening news with a strong lead in. I think GH is stronger than Steve freakin Harvey but what do I know?

  42. Jennifer says:

    This works will for me and I’m loving the new time slot.

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  43. mgb357 says:

    I think a test pattern will get a higher audience than Katie – it was awful and I avoided it at all costs.

    Hey ABC – why don’t you bring back reruns of some favorite soaps of the past – in half hour blocks – (edge of Night, dark shadows, ryans hope, amc and oltl), maybe have a country star narrate (hint Reba). That worked once before.

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  44. Sharon P says:

    Please don’t change the time back! 2:00 ET is perfect!

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  45. Timmm says:

    I wish it would fall back to 3pm ,everywhere. How many times does Obama come on and interrupt GH at 2pm for something stupid! If your going to interrupt GH, tell us you are going to pass a bill to cap gas prices at a 1.99 per gallon!

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    David replied

    What does Obama have to do with GH’s timeslot. GH could still be interrupted by Obama even at 3:00pm.

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    Timmm replied

    I know but it was rare.

  46. mary says:

    Yeah!!! I hope GH moves to 3pm in the NY market. I work in a school and miss coming home at 3:30 and still being able to watch GH.

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  47. Linda says:

    Could this be the start of ABC apologizing to us soap fans? GH owned the 3pm time slot. Long Live General Hospital!!

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  48. David says:

    “As ABC viewers know, Katie Couric’s talker, Katie took over the original GH time slot two years ago n most markets, which prompted GH to move back an hour! ”

    3:00pm is NOT GH’s original timeslot. GH’s original time slot is 1:00pm. It moved at 3:00pm in few months after it premiered in April 1963 and stayed at that timeslot until September 2012 (with a notable interruption between 1976-1978 where it aired at 3:15pm instead of 3:00pm). Therefore, 3:00pm is not GH’s original slot. 3:00pm is rather the slot when GH has aired for most of its run. But its original slot is 1:00pm as a 30 minute show.

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  49. Shirley A Miller says:

    I used to love GH at 3:00pm but hope it stays where it is in my area now. I like to watch Ellen at 3:00pm – so GH at 2:00pm should hopefully stay at 2:00pm where I live!!!! No more changes in time – please and thank you, GH Executives!!!!

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  50. Lana says:

    Awesome .. much better.
    Should help the ratings for GH and DOOL for people who still watch real time won’t have to worry about recording …
    Yeah – since there is only one ABC soap i started watching the others and like them.. .still way better than the Chew or other talk shows. good change.

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  51. Janet says:

    In my local market, GH never stopped airing at 3. Katie wasn’t even on my local ABC station (she was on the NBC station instead). Judge Judy replaced Good Afternoon America at 2 and GH stayed at 3. The Chew was at 1 as in most markets.

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  52. Nancy says:

    I am glad but it doesn’t really matter to me, it comes on at 7:00 on hulu, primetime!!!

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  53. Maggie says:

    I love the 2pm time slot. I hope it doesn’t switch back to 3 pm here on the East coast. Whatever they decide we have no control over it so we might as well get ready for the inevitable.

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  54. Avatar610 says:

    They should instead concentrate on properly reviving AMC and OLTL in “Katie”‘s ols slot as half-hour shows!

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  55. Clutterbug says:

    Ugh. I hope it doesn’t change here! I like being able to watch the first part of Y&R, then Days, then GH together … and be done with soaps by 3 pm. (I watch all of B&B and Y&R on TVGN later) I don’t want an hour break between Days and GH. I hate and won’t watch talk or reality shows.

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  56. MBmomof3 says:

    I hope this is a good move for GH. In my market DOOL & GH are on at the same time, so this move could be good for both shows. Not having to compete for ratings could help. I DVR both shows.

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  57. Bernice Thomas says:

    please give us back the 3 pm time slot in the east coast then I can be sure to watch every day

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  58. Kls says:

    Doesnt really matter,, I record it. I.m just glad its still alive!

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  59. Teresa Woods-Ricks says:

    I am not happy about change in GH’s time slot. rachel ray has been on three networks and obviously not succeeded, what makes ABC think that things will be different because she is following the chew, ABC is not a food network why try to be. I am not happy with the new time slot and although will watch GH I will not watch RR. I live in Illinois, and I am sure Im not the only one who feel this way. Katie’s time slot was open, put RR in that slot. For once ABC should think about their viewers.

    Thank you for listening.

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  60. heather says:

    I thought it was moving times because dr.oz is moving to abc in sept.

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  61. MARY DITANNA PENDRAK says:

    MYESTHENIA GRAVIS IS A FORM OF MUSCULAR DYSTROFY. I HAVE IT SINCE 1979. IT EFFECTS MY EYES,PLUS MANY OTHER PARTS OF MY BODY WHICH IS NOW AT AN ODD TIME IN MY LIFE TO BE HAVING MY EYELIDS ARE GETTING WORSE. SO I’M SORRY TO ALL IF YOU THINK BECAUSE I TYPE LARGE WORDS, THAT I’M YELLING, I’M NOT. I USE LARGE WORDS, SO I CAN READ AND WRITE SO I CAN SEE BETTER. THANKS FOR LISTENING, I’M SORRY IF I OFFENDED ANYONE. THANKS MARY DITANNA PENDRAK.

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  62. Sandy says:

    I don’t care what time slot General Hospital is in since I watch it every night thru Hulu Plus – GH is the only reason I signed up for Hulu!! I’ve been watdhing GH for 50 years.

    Sandy

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  63. Trish Bartlett says:

    Please do not move General Hospital back to 2 p.m. time slot! Our whole company watches it during our lunch hour from 1 to 2. Switch on of the other shows around because we need General Hospital for our lunch time :)

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  64. Saun says:

    I would love it at 2:00 because then it would not interfere with DOOL

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  65. pat rouse says:

    I love the 3pm slot.

    Thanks.

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  66. pat rouse says:

    I would love to have Robin back, with her daughter.

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  67. twnmm says:

    Since moving back to to 3 o’clock I have noticed that there have been 3 breaking news stories in the course of two weeks that have interrupted my viewing. That pieces is not so great. The most troubling part is that it’s usually the last 10 or 15 minutes near the end and just BEFORE the news is going to come on anyway. :-(

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  68. Toni M Brown says:

    I’m really mad!!! I love General Hospital I watched it for years. I live in Chicago. I wanted it to go back to one full hour!!!!!!

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  69. Jean Morrow says:

    General Hospital should be on at 3 EST. The move is going to kill ratings, and then the network will give GH the ax just like it did OLTL and AMC. Why doesn’t the network have the guts to admit this? I’m gone now!

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