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36 August 18th, 2014 GH Timeslot Change Confirmed For 8 Markets Including: New York, Los Angeles & Chicago Beginning On September 8th!

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Today there was an update from our previous item that several markets are moving General Hospital back to the timeslot it held for 25 years, that of 3pMET/2PMPT.

According to ABC Soaps In Depth, the markets that will be affected by the change are: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, San Antonio, and Raleigh-Durham.

These cities will now see General Hospital beginning in its old timeslot starting with the Monday, September 8th episode!

So, it looks like some major markets will have the time change. If you are in one of the cities affected by the time switch, let us know if you are happy about the news …  or if you don’t like the news one bit?

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  1. Monica says:

    Odd that Boston isn’t changing it’s timeslot too.

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  2. Jody says:

    As I mentioned last week, I don’t think this is advantageous from a social media standpoint with the East coast split between 2:00 airing and 3:00 airing.

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    KansasGuest replied

    It really doesn’t matter IMO. Most viewers DVR the show & watch it later so they can skip the commercials.

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    nicole replied

    Neilsen counts Twitter 3 hours before and after in it’s market (if it is a Neilsen Market) so it won’t matter.

    The problem will be if people aren’t aware of the time change. Anytime there is a time shift you risk losing viewers. And in those major markets a hit can effect the show.

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  3. Timmm says:

    I hear if your one of the eight markets that GH goes back to its old time slot you’ll see Maxi use her own brain, Julie Berman as Lulu, along with Dante who solves a crime, Duke Lavery, Scott and Luke duel for Laura, a house full of Quartermaines, Steve Burton, any AJ, Sonny and Brenda, Nicholas and Emily, Stone and Robin, Robert and Anna, Sean and Tiffany, Ruby at Kellys talking to Jake, Amy telling Liz Rick is dangerous, Dr. Derek Wells, Alexis, the Mannings, Jagger and Karen having coffee, Michael with anyone but Kiki, Jimmy Lee Holt and Tracy arguing over Edwards estate, and Frisco singing to his grandchildren as Tony takes a call from Tania. Ah, the 3 oclock time slot!

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    PAURETAJT replied

    …was that an attempt at comedy? It worked.

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    Timmm replied

    Yes, but probably wishful thinking, as well.

  4. GH50 says:

    This is potentially bad for GH. 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 its Soap.

    If they are so happy with the ratings and the show is on solid ground, then keeping its 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.

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  5. mgb357 says:

    6abc Philly(the most profitable abc affliate in the country) – moving GH to 3:00pm

    with who wants to be a millionaire and daytime jeopardy from 2 to 3…

    is this an attempt to keep the spot warm for a reboot of OLTL and AMC after the PP lawsuit is settled?

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    nicole replied

    No. Tyra Banks has a show coming in 2015 produced by ABC that is what they are keeping itv warm for.

    ABC will not put money into another daytime soap. They are among rhe least profitable shows for the network.

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    mgb357 replied

    thanks for the insightful response .. but my interest in tyra banks would rank below that of the dreadful Katie.

  6. Joanne says:

    The time change doesn’t matter to me, personally.. I will watch GH anytime! I just worry that when a show starts moving around on the schedule it seems as if it’s the first step towards cancellation. If it ain’t broke, why “fix” it??

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  7. Ric says:

    I’m so happy! It just goes to show Katie failed.

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  8. clh says:

    Makes no difference as long as it’s on.

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  9. Debbie Harris says:

    I am Happy to have GH going back to its Rightful time of 2 pm Central time in Texas!

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  10. mrsnoahdrake says:

    I am actually happy to hear this! Now I do not have to decide between watching GH or DAYS daily when when I am working from home. And now perhaps both shows can get more viewers in markets where the shows were previously competing with each other for live viewers.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    I think that’s been a problem. We know Y&R and B&B don’t go against each other, but in some markets DOOL and GH are going head to head. I wish we knew the markets that DOOL and GH go against Y&R and B&B…not many, I suspect.

    ABC and NBC should work together to keep their soaps on at different times…the best soaps!

    If so many markets have DOOL and GH against each other and Y&R & B&B are not scheduled opposite other soaps, then it’s no wonder that GH and DOOL are last in the ratings…potential soap viewers are split between the best soaps while the crappy soaps reap the rewards!!!

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  11. sonniorsolita says:

    Not good. The beginning of the end for “Guiding Light” was when CBS let stations move the show around the schedule however they wanted. Soon, affiliates were showing it a day behind, or at the ridiculous time of 9 a.m., or in some cases not at all. It hurts the ability to promote the show, too. Will the guy on “The Chew” no longer be able to remind viewers that “General Hospital” is up next — because in some markets it won’t be. It just creates unnecessary confusion. Daytime lineups remain stronger when they are consistent (with the time-zone shifts, of course).

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    Rapids replied

    So true, this type of shifting the show around was the beginning of the end for the Guiding light. ABC affiliates are interested in Meredith Viera as an alternative.

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  12. Geoffrey-Martin Cyr says:

    I think this might help get teenagers back into it (or exposed to it) with the later timeslot. I know that (back-in-the-day), the whole reason I got hooked on GL was the fact that I could run home from the bus and catch it after school (…and in the late-70′s thru the mid-80′s, GL didn’t do too badly up against powerhouse GH, I’ll tell you that!)

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  13. KM says:

    Chicago girl here. I liked the 1 pm timeslot personally because I could juggle my lunch time to fit and watch live. Oh well…that’s why we have DVRs I guess.

    I’m curious…everyone else getting Rachel Ray in the 1pm slot or is that just my market? I actually like and watch cooking shows but I think RR’s show is pretty much played out at this point so I won’t be watching this one.

    I’m not sure what ABC thinks they have to gain here. GH seemed to get a little ratings bump by moving to the hour earlier slot so why mess with success?

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    KansasGuest replied

    It’s your market. I’m also in the same time zone as you. But, in a different state. RACHAEL RAY comes on at 10am in our area. It’s considered a “syndicated” show, meaning that if a local station carries it, they can place it in any hour they wish , outside normal broadcast programming. GH is broadcast programming. So, ABC’s feed will only send GH to stations at a set time every day.

    I don’t think the time slot change for GH is anything but a way to test which time slot is better for the show.

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  14. Dan says:

    The previous time change to 2pm in most markets after airing at 3pm for so many years proved that people will follow the show wherever it goes, so I don’t think this is an issue whatsoever. If anything, I think going back to the more comfortable and more established 3pm time slot is a better move in the long run.

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  15. 4ever DAYS says:

    Is there a list available where people can see what soaps go against each other in all the markets?

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  16. Don H says:

    I understand that “Days” will also be changing time slots in some markets to make room for Meridith Viera’s talk show. In some markets in may be an hour earlier, in others an hour later. And in still others, no change at all. Just thought I throw that into the mix.

    Don H.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 will be making some changes to its midday schedule next month, ending its 30-minute Noon newscast, but adding a new 60-minute 11:00am newscast. Days of our Lives will begin airing at 12 noon in Chicago. The changes occur on September 8th.

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  17. Omar says:

    WHO CARES!!! I am just so happy that GH is on the air PERIOD and us fans of the show will fallow it even if they aired it at midnight!

    Wish all my cancelled soaps were in the same predicament!!!

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    Justin replied

    Amen to that. I don’t give a crap about the social media bs. If you don’t want to know, cut your twitter/facebook/etc. off for a couple of hours. So show it at 2, 3 4 or 5…just show it! My TIVO will follow it wherever it goes.

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  18. RoMo says:

    Hi KM – I’m also from Chicago! The only thing this move means to me is that I have to wait one more hour for GH to begin. And I have to listen to Rachael Ray for an hour (unless I change the channel)!! I kind of liked the earlier hour for GH, but really as long as it’s ON, I’m a happy camper. I do agree with others that say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

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  19. AJ says:

    Wow, some of you are making a mountain out of a mole hill.

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  20. Janet says:

    Doesn’t affect me. In my area, GH never changed timeslot. Judge Judy replaced Good Afternoon America and GH stayed at 3. Katie aired on the NBC station.

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  21. Nieci says:

    I loved watching GH for years at 3pm on (channel 7 in NYC). My friends, family, and I refused to watch the 3pm replacement show (Katie) because the tradition and comfort of GH broadcast was treated with such disregard that it insulted a program that held that time slot for years. Katie may have had a better chance to survive the rating war if it was put in a another time slot of 2 pm or 4 pm. or final choice of being the leading program for the “The Chew”. I also would like to thank everyone that support GH (including network programers) because as a viewer it is nice to have a choice to watch something different like a daytime soap opera drama, after being force to select from endless reality shows, talk show, and morbid court shows featuring the dim lights of our society.

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  22. JNewt says:

    I actually look at this as a good sign for GH’s future the fact that these bigger markets recognized Katie as a failure and realize that GH is a better lead-in to their game shows and news programming.

    Also as somebody noted before if you live in Chicago, WMAQ is moving Days of Our Lives to 12pm due to the Meredith Vierra addition to the lineup. They made the move so that they could air the news at 11am for 60 minutes and could have Vierra air with Steve Harvey and Ellen.

    I never saw how DAYS was doing at 11am locally in that market so I’m not sure if the noon start benefits it more but I have to think that competition is going to be harder as it has to go against the second-half of Y&R and B&B.

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  23. Alice Romano says:

    I got used to it at 2 oclock I rather it not go back to 3 oclock

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  24. Gail says:

    I’m thrilled GH is going back to it’s 2pm time slot!

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  25. MITCHELL BOURQUE says:

    I hated kaite anyway because I loved general hospital @3:00 because I get home from work @3 I love to see it on real .tv. I LOVE GENERAL SO MUCH:) so congratulations to general hospital the the best show in the world back at3pm again :) :):)

    mitchell bourque

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