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44 September 5th, 2014 MONDAY: General Hospital Is On The Move With Its Timeslot Change In 8 Major Markets!

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Here’s a friendly reminder for General Hospital fans! This coming Monday September 8th, the action in the town of Port Charles is on the move back to its old time slot of 25 years in eight major television markets.

That means GH will air at 3PMEST/2PMPST in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Raleigh-Durham.

There have been several new GH timeslot promos that feature members of the cast to get viewers ready for the change!

And after the jump, watch two from ABC7 which features: Jason Thompson (Patrick), Laura Wright (Carly), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Ryan Paevey (Nathan), Sean Blakemore (Shawn), and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth).  Then let us know, are you ready to catch GH next week?

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  1. Mo says:

    Where’s the post about Days’ time slot move in major markets?

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    Tim replied

    I searched online,but couldn’t find any mention of Days switching time slots.I’m pretty sure that GH is the only soap changing times.

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    Mo replied

    Meredith Viera’s show is going to air at 1:00 p.m. so Days is moving to noon starting Monday.

    AJ replied

    Mo – It’s just one market for Days – your market, whereas the GH move is being done by many of the ABC O&O stations.

  2. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Im still at 2pm for GH…1pm for Days!!!

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    Shirley Newman replied

    I live in Columbus Ga will it be moved for us also?

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Only if you recieve GH on one of the channels mentioned in the time change…otherwise GH should stay where it is i would believe?

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Best to check your local listing to be certain…

    davlestev1 replied

    LORD..i just checked the schedule for Monday in Los Angeles and yes it’s 3pm…following Rachel Ray…ughhh…ABC will be your go to alternative for Food Network daytime if it kills them…and us…LOL

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  3. gslam says:

    “Eat, Ray, Love” is hilarious! Love it!

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  4. elm1951 says:

    i live near philadelphia & gh will be on at 3pm……………..

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  5. Joanne says:

    This promo show them at 2…..not 3PM…so it;s not intended for us…I’m confused???

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    Mary SF replied

    That is 2 pm Pacific Standard Time, which is 3 pm Eastern Standard Time. I know time zones are confusing, so just watch your local listing to find when GH will be on in your area.

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    AJ replied

    Mary SF!!!!! 2PM PST is NOT 3PM EST!!!! 2PM PST is 5PM EST. Note that it’s daylight saving time so it’s really PDT and EDT. The US has 4 time zones for the 48 contiguous states. Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific. When it’s 3PM in the Eastern zone (NYC), it’s 2PM in Central (Chicago), 1PM in Mountain (Denver), and 12PM in Pacific (SF).

    AJ replied

    It’s Los Angeles. The new time is 3PM Eastern/2PM Pacific. Before it was 2PM E/1PM P

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    Mary SF replied

    Well I ( Mary SF) said time zones were confusing, I just assumed when the article stated it was 2pm PST/3pm EST, that is what that meant. But I should have known better– I have satellite and I was watching the West Coast feed for GH for the last year at 4pm– now that would be 5pm Eastern. Sheez where did I put my my mind when I wrote that reply. Anyway thanks for correcting me, I wouldn’t want anyone missing GH because I goof on the time difference thing. Glad you paid attention in school, because I obviously didn’t. LOL

  6. GH50 says:

    This whole situation is really baffling. GH is a network show, it is not a syndicated program. For ABC to take a network program and decide it makes sense to move it in every single one of its owned markets, all different times zones with varying dynamics and competition, just doesn’t seem logical.

    GH, as many shows, benefits from a live social media component. RC tweets during the show almost everyday and there are many live threads on various boards. To disrupt the continuity across the same time zone, taking two such large markets as NY and Philadelphia, out of the mix, taking them out of the conversation, opening those fans up to spoilers just makes very little sense.

    The argument that the local stations in NY and Phi prefer GH as a lead in to the 4p news makes very little sense as well. Two local news programs and the wants of the local stations should not take precedence over what a network show needs. Jeopardy also has an audience that would be a more compatible lead in for a news program.
    You also lose the CHEW as a consistent lead in for GH, a show that does well and has a comparable audience.

    This change seems like it will disrupt the flow, interest and conversations among GH viewers. I don’t see a network doing that if it is fully committed the show. It just makes very little sense to me.

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    nicole replied

    New York and Philadelphia aren’t just two local stations. They are among the largest ABC affliates in the country with WABC being the largest. Making the news divisions happy is a network concern.

    A couple of years ago when Jay Leno had a primetime show the local news affliates complained because the ratings took a hit and he was canceled. The news division is the most powerful division next to sports. The network will not discount what they want.

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    GH50 replied

    The Leno situation was national, it affected the entire country, every NBC affiliate. No the two markets are not just any local stations, you might see in my post that I referred to their size. That is the point, the health of GH nationally and in two such large markets should be primary to the 4p news on those stations. You are also confusing network news divisions with local news programming. And Leno was cancelled because the network’s primetime ratings were suffering, the local news affiliates being a casualty was an effect.

    Here’s some facts. The GH audience in NY and Phi account for approximately 15% of the entire GH audience. You don’t potentially mess with that for the 4p news. The 4p news on WABC already attracts about 250,000 viewers, about 300,000 when the weather is colder and the audience universes increase. It is the only news program on in the market at that time and has a finite ceiling of viewership based on HUT levels and how many people are interested in news at that time. Its competition, Judge Judy dominates and that won’t change. Those people, who would fit the news demo, know there is a local news and they don’t watch it. Ellen is on at the same time and has a loyal audience. Same is even true of Dr. Oz. There is only so much better that the 4p news on WABC can do based on a number of factors and that potential is not great enough to mess with the continuity of GH.

    And going back to the Leno situation, not only did it effect every NBC station across the country, but because the 11p news had competition from every other network. So at 11p, news watchers were content staying on the channel that they already had on for the 10p show. As I mentioned above, the 4p news on WABC has no other news competition. It is alone in the market. If there were other 4p news’s you could possibly make an argument, because there are more news choices at that time and you are competing for the same audience. In this instance you are not.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I just cant wait to see how this affects them ratingswise…will it do better or worse?…ive seen time change on other shows and in most cases they experienced significant losses and cancelled soon afterward…on the other hand it might bring an increase…time(pun) will tell if it was a good move or not!!!

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    su0000 replied

    A fan will watch no matter the time..
    thing is;
    Most all do have the time to sit in front of a TV for an hour during the afternoon.. they work or do whatever..
    A great may watch online.. anywhere anytime..
    The way people watch media has changed greatly. We have iPads/phones and smart TV’s etc etc ..
    I have not watched a soap live/in front of the TV for an hour/60 minutes since I was able to watch online and it is 36 minutes long via the internet..
    I watch at ABC every evening when I’m ready to watch :)
    Time slots have no effect on me :)
    Hope it works well for those who still watch during the day ..

    su0000 replied

    jimh..
    I don’t think it will make a difference..
    More watch on line than TV ..
    And on line, for a long time, is counted by nielsen ratings..

    nicole replied

    It isn’t just GH ratings that are important in this; if the 4 pm newscasts in these cities suffers that is not good for GH either.

    MBmomof3 replied

    GH50, I agree. I don’t think the varying timeslots will be good for GH. I hope I’m wrong, but I think the inconsistency in DOOL airtimes is part of the reason its ratings are so low. Maybe it will help both shows that they won’t be competing in major markets? I guess time will tell, but I love both shows. Glad I have a DVR that records 2 shows at once. Both GH & DOOL air at 1 p.m. in my market and that isn’t going to change.

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    su0000 replied

    I watch the soaps online..
    The time I watch varies, but I can watch where and when I want to.
    You said you DVR, so time slot is not a difference to you either, you will watch at your convenience..
    My grandma watches by TV because she is use to it and old, and doesn’t know internet anything LOL
    I do not see how a time slot will affect many, not at all.. there are a few old times that still sit in front of TV that time day to watch soaps, most people do not have the time or opportunity to do that or simply don’t want to sit through an hour when online it is 36 minutes during the evening :)
    online you can watch two soaps in near the same time watching one soap by TV,,
    So.- people who DVR or watch online, a time slot nothing to them ..

    harry replied

    Frankly it worries me. Was it As the World Turns which changed its long running time slot shortly before it was cancelled?
    And they have that obnoxious Rachel Ray as the lead in to GH? Rachel Ray is on a downward trend–most people find her annoying and her recipes to be not very appetizing. I don’t see her show lasting too long and do not see it as a strong lead in to GH.
    The whole thing is worrisome.

    nicole replied

    @GH50 One don’t understand the anger in your response. Two I live in NYC I know what the 4pm landscape here is like. Thank you.

    WABC had a choice between either GH as a lead in or Jeopardy. Do you know what their numbers for the 4pm newscast was before they moved the show here to 2pm. While there may not be a huge bump for moving GH to 3 it will probably benefit them as opposed to Katie being in that slot

    If Tyra’s show was ready GH may have stayes where it was, because it will most likely go into the 2pm slot here in NYC.

    As to the Leno situation I know it was on a national level I uses that to illustrate that news divisions have pull.

    But we both agree the show changing time slots in 2012 and 2014 in major markets may not be the greatest move for the show.

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    harry replied

    Nicole, I don’t think GH50 was angry with you. The problem with social interaction on the Internet is that one cannot hear the other’s tone of voice.
    For instance, when I debate with say, Su00, one cannot hear my lilting, affectionate humorous tone of voice.
    (fortunately, one also cannot see my clenched teeth).

    Dan replied

    Soap fans are some of the most loyal viewers in all of television, if they want to watch GH, they will find it, whatever time it might be on. And as others have pointed out, in this era of DVR, the timeslot of a show means less than it’s ever meant before.

    Here in the NY market, GH was always on at 3pm anyway for as long as I’ve been watching. When it moved to 2pm a few years ago, that took some getting used to. But moving back to its original timeslot that it was in for so many years, I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. I’m sure it will take some adjustment for some people, and there may be a slight blip in the ratings initially, but everyone will catch up.

    If you’re a fan of the show, it moving ahead an hour isn’t gonna be the reason you all of a sudden stop watching. You’re not gonna be like “Well I was watching GH at 2pm, but an hour later, that’s a deal breaker!” All of this hand wringing about the timeslot change is much ado about nothing, in my view.

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    KM replied

    GH50, you raise a good point about the social media aspect of the different time slots in different markets. I’m not a huge follower myself but lots of fans enjoy the back and forth discussions while the show is airing.

    RC is one of the biggest and I’ll bet this will make his Twitter head pop off as he’ll have to hold his tongue until the show is actually airing in the O&O’s “official” later time slot while everyone else watching will be discussing away and stealing his thunder. Although in his case that might be a good thing:) The split time slots will put a damper on basic discussion boards too which is important because GH depends so heavily on social media to promote themselves.

    I agree with those who say the news division rules and I don’t think Dick Sherwood bodes well for GH. Katie bombed and I get why certain ET markets want a stronger lead for their new but I don’t think they’ll get what they’re hoping for with GH.

    Here in the CT land of Chicago I was able to juggle my schedule where 1pm was lunch time for me and sometimes I’d catch a bit of The Chew as well. Now I won’t be around to watch GH live at 1pm so I also won’t be around for the news either. Nor will I go out of my way to catch any of The Chew or wait around through Rachael Ray and game shows in between.

    I’ll still record GH but maybe or maybe not have time to watch after work.

    I think the end result of the hacked up daytime schedule will actually be weaker lead ins for everyone. Too bad ABC had to mess what was actually working and was giving GH some of its best numbers in years.

  7. Tom Joyce says:

    It’s staying at 2:00pm in Boston because Meredith Viera is moving in at 3:00pm. I believe that this is the first time in its history that GH has aired in a different time slot in Boston than in New York and Philadelphia. I’m not sure that is a smart move. Now GH will be airing at 1:00pm, 2:00pn, or 3:00pm in various parts of the country. (Does it air in any other time slot in the continental U.S.?) I think they would be better off keeping it’s time slots as consistent as possible.

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    July replied

    The time change is stupid. Not so much switching the times which I can live with and doesn’t matter an hour later. What’s stupid is what Tom said. I’m in NY, I have friends and family in DC and Boston where it’s staying at 2. I find out from them or go online to social media to see what happens before I even see it. It should be shown in all cities in the same time zone, bad planning by ABC especially since we are getting 2 game shows ugh!!!

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  8. Linda jones says:

    What about Florida ? Is it going to stay at 2:00

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    AJ replied

    The article states: That means GH will air at 3PMEST/2PMPST in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Raleigh-Durham.

    So, yes, it’s staying at 2.

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  9. aline robichaud says:

    here in Canada I don’t know what time it will be please tell me the change thank you

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    Mary SF replied

    I checked City TV’s website and according to the schedule for next week GH is still going to be aired at 2.pm in Toronto/ Ontario -if you are in a different time zone, just check the website of the City station in your area but I think it will be same time it is on now out west too.

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  10. nicole says:

    Su000 actually that isn’t true. While multi-platform viewing is making in roads it had yet to overtake traditional vvewing especially among soaps core audience the viewers between 25-54. Niesen has yet to track online viewing that most likely comes in 2015.

    They count live + same day, 3 day, and 7 day. They also track Twitter activity for 3 hours before and after a show airs but that does not effect the ratings that are released.

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  11. MITCHELL BOURQUE says:

    what? I am so confused

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  12. Chris says:

    In NYC and Phi, with GH moving back to 3pm, it will be preceded by a second run of Jeopardy (i believe it’s repeats from the last season or two). This baffles me and just does not seem like a compatible lead-in for GH in those markets. Nothing at all against Jeopardy (which will continue on for a long time), but the truth is that it’s audience largely skews pretty old (and the viewership will probably be even lower for these afternoon episodes once people realize that they’re repeats).

    GH needs all the younger female viewers it can get to have the best chance to survive well into the long-term future, and I just don’t think this move will help in that regard. Also, what makes these ABC stations think that most viewers of GH are going to be more inclined to watch their 4 pm news? Did they ever think that just maybe their local news ratings are low because it’s reached an overkill point? I know it’s cheap to produce, But in this era of the internet, cell phones, etc. do we really need news at 4, followed by news at 5, then more news at 6, before the national network news at 6:30 on over-the-air stations? What lazy and unimaginative programming.

    Not to say that this will be a disastrous move for GH in these markets, but I just don’t think it will be a positive thing, even though that was GH’s time slot for most of its run. I hope I’m wrong, but that’s just my gut feeling. I tend to agree with GH50 above. If ABC is really pleased with GH and its performance, you’d think they would leave well enough alone with a consistent lead-in (from The Chew) and time slot within each time zone, rather than catering to the supposed needs of a handful of key stations (which may not transpire for them). This entire situation puzzles me.

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    su0000 replied

    hey Chris..
    you said ”GH needs all the younger female viewers it can get ”
    Younger people male and female are not home during work hours to watch soaps.. they most likely would be internet watchers..Anytime anywhere people..
    So– a time slot would not be a problem for them,,

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  13. Shirley A Miller says:

    When ABC changed GH’s time slot to 2:00pm from 3:00pm, this was to make room for Katie Couric’s new Talk Show. Unfortunately, Katie’s show has been cancelled but GH Soap marches on!!! What can I say except that I am not surprised…..GH has had some really good actors and stories this past year. I believe the time will not change back to 3:00p.m. here in Orlando, Fl. This suits me as I have gotten used to the 2:00p.m. time. Bring it On, GH, we need another super year to keep GH up there in ratings and I believe you can do it…..Kudos to a job well done!!!!!

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  14. Nick says:

    Quite frankly, this whole situation worries me. The beginning of the end for Guiding Light was when CBS started to allow individual stations to move the show around the schedule. Same with Another World on NBC back in the day. And I think that one factor in Days’ ratings being on the low side is that not all NBC affiliates air the show at a consistent time.

    Jeopardy repeats directly leading into GH? And this will prop up their endless local news? Really? I can’t believe these ABC stations couldn’t come up with anything better than this.

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  15. jeremy says:

    GH staying at 1 p.m. Mountain Time here In the state of New Mexico :)

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  16. Andrew says:

    How many shows now does that make that have failed to replace the soaps that were canceled? (That’s a rhetorical question to make a point)

    I work during the day so it doesn’t matter to me what time the show is on, as long as my DVR picks it up. It’s not 100% reliable of course (Wednesday’s show didn’t record and the ABC.com site doesn’t post the show for a week for Time Warner viewers. I missed all the Victor/Nathan exposition but the nice thing is that when the story is picked up again, they’ll replay the vital points)

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