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23 March 21st, 2011 Insider Report: Is ABC about to cancel All My Children?

The news skyrocketing this morning around the soap world is an item from Deadline.com where the entertainment business website has revealed what Daytime Confidential had mentioned several weeks back that it looked like their were some changes ahead in the ABC Daytime line-up.

Now according to Deadline today, All My Children looks to be the ABC soap on the chopping block should the network proceed with downsizing its soap line-up in favor of a talk-show.

Deadline stated, “All My Children appears to be the most vulnerable for cancellation, and there is speculation that it may be replaced by a a talk show in the fall. All My Children, which is in its 41st year on the air, recently posted two weeks of back-to-back all-time lows in the key Women 18-49 demographic, in which it is dead last among the 6 daytime dramas on the air, drawing paltry 463,000 for the week of March 7, down 34% vs. last year. For the same week, All My Children was also last in total viewers, averaging 2.32 million. (ABC’s One Life to Live did only marginally better with 2.36 million.) One reason for ABC to keep its 3 daytime dramas on the air was the fact that they were getting a second window on sibling cable channel SOAPnet. But with SOAPnet changing its format to the preschool-centered Disney Junior next year, Disney-ABC is clearly scaling back on its commitment to soaps, and the daytime lineup on the broadcast network will probably be next.”

So, what do you think of this  possible move, should ABC decide to drop AMC?  With OLTL consistently coming in under budget and with slightly better ratings, and clearly the better and more of a cult favorite type of show,  and GH still the flagship show of the line-up, it would certainly appear the Pine Valley folks look to be the most troubled.  Add to that, the fact they were given a new lease on life by moving to L.A. to lower production costs.   If the worst case scenario were to happen, god forbid, and we would lose yet another soap,  would you be in favor of saying adios to this one?

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  1. Patricia Simpson says:

    ARE you insane????? What are you thinking??? People of all ages continue to watch these two shows… How can you truly cancel iconic DAY time shows… That is like telling me my mother has died and I will never see her again.. I grew up with these shows. Truly are you insane???? Even though I live in a remote area I pay for the internet to get these two shows when they can not tune in… Recheck you stats… I watch them even in the evening after they air because of being in the remote area… I am outraged.. You are letting your sponsers down just the same, not to mention the fans… You are making a huge stratigic finanical meltdown… AS these two shows are what are keeping viewers faithfull to ABC. Stayhome moms, wifes, husbands, will no longer will be tuning to ABC if you … Do you realize that the fact of your ratings is because of all the reality TV shows??? YOU have lost sight of faithful follwers to ABC. Let me tell you, in most people our lives evolve around GMA, AMC, and OTL. Reality shows are for the evening hours, daytime is OUR time… I am so angry!!! I can not believe that you would even remotly consider this to be a reality to get rid of these shows.. I will boy cot ABC if you do so and I will encourage others to do the same. Seriously, these women and men we have watched grow and evolve as our own families.. You are not out here, listening to as even my young adult children walk in as I am watching one of these and they get locked in again… Their comments are, “OMG, I used to watch this with my mom so what is happening with …….. and then they wait to sit and watch the next one.” Of course later they can not believe they actually got caught up in it for two hours. Why is that???? Because even though it is a daytime soap, they are familiar with the names and faces.. Like old relatives they catch up… which means they are the future return viewers of your network… Todays times are hard enough, please do not take away something that is so familar in our lives… Our hearts break when those we have grown with have passed on and real tears fall, real hearts break, and for many these people are OUR family… How dare you take families away… I am just so angry right now to find this is real… Not to mention those who have been faith through the years to remain on your show.. Shame on you… they never gave up on you.. they showed up for their jobs and filled all the homes across the US and even abroad total dedication not to mention dedicating their LIVES for you… NOW you kick all them to the curb… ARE YOU INSANE and so heartless to not only the viewers but to them as well… Yeah angry I am… Because you are changing my life and the lives of millions of others and cast without our consent. Who died and made you king… You are to listen to your viewers… What are the stats on reality shows??? Not long!!! then you have to scrape and find an other failed season. HUGE> HUGE>>> MISTAKE>>>

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