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23 April 17th, 2011 RATINGS: Oh the irony! OLTL up to # 3 as show is canceled!

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Well this bit of news while making us smirk with vindication, that finally more viewers are tuning in to One Life to Live during  it’s recent fantastic episodes and storylines, comes with such bitter irony!For the week of April 4th- 8th, One Life moved into the number three spot among all the soaps.  A position it has not held for quite some time!  And yet, ABC while garnering some additional viewers and picking up steam still axed it from the line-up this past Thursday.

One Life added +56,000 viewers, while General Hospital fell below OLTL losing -115,000.  Now All My Children on the other hand was at the bottom at number six as the lowest rated for the week losing another – 80,000 viewers.

So again, we ask, did Brian Frons and ABC have to cancel both soaps at one time?   View the full ratings from Soap Opera Network after the jump!

Ratings Report for the Week of April 4-8, 2011

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,563,000 (-179,000/-770,000)
2. B&B 2,827,000 (-82,000/-426,000)
3. OLTL 2,630,000 (+56,000/+150,000)
4. GH 2,605,000 (-115,000/-163,000)
5. DAYS 2,363,000 (+135,000/-354,000)
6. AMC 2,303,000 (-80,000/-123,000)

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  1. MEG says:



  2. Karen says:

    It is just too sad and frustrating all rolled up in one. Maybe they can move the soaps to ABC Family after hours or sell them?


  3. Lisa Dalporto says:

    That’s because ratings don’t matter. It’s cheaper to produce “lifestyle” shows and, therefore, the remaining surplus of money can go directly into the paychecks of the greedy Brian Frons and Anne Sweeney.


    Dee replied

    I agree that the ratings don’t matter and that they just want to produce cheaper shows so they can have more money in their bank accounts. It will backfire! They’re driving people away more than they know. OLTL’s ratings were at number 3 for at least a week during the last sweeps period. More proof that ratings don’t matter.


  4. Casie says:

    yep..pointed it out yesterday when I read Frons reply on “LA Times”…bullshit on the GH is as high as YR!


  5. Darlene January says:

    You mean to tell me that with all the viewers combined that ABC/Disney is not making any money on sponsorships, give me a break!! Please sign two petitions or thank you!


  6. Andrea Dawson says:

    ABC needs to stop this right now. We will not give up. I will never forgive the station for this. Keep AMC and OLTL on the air


  7. Jill says:

    One Life to Live deserves it’s raise in the ratings. The show has been incredible this year! It is the only show that consistantly surprises it’s viewers with crazy twists and storylines with conclusions that actually stay hidden until they are ready to reveal it to us. It has been a great year! Do not cancel OLTL!!! This show is amazing!!!!


    Tammy H replied

    Agreed! I couldn’t say it any better, Jill!


  8. Dawn says:

    I understand that AMC has had a lot of issues with cost control as well as ratings, but I just can’t understand OLTL being canceled as well. Why not cancel just AMC and see what happens? Give OLTL a year and see what happens with the ratings. The show has improved so much over the last few months. Promote it everywhere and see if it picks up steam. Obviously the fans are more than willing to help promote it. I would much rather work to help promote OLTL, than battle ABC to keep it on the air. They could come back on Monday and have fans partners in its success rather than enemies.


  9. Denise Robinson says:

    I, sadly agree with Lisa. For TPTB in charge, it’s not going to change a thing that OLTL had more viewers over AMC and GH. ABCD wants OUT of producing their daytime serials. GH has gotten a last minute save, but I wouldn’t be shocked to find out that they will probably be canceled in 2012.

    ABCD wants out of producing daytime drama. That speaks volumns to me, more than the BS about “trying to find a new home” for AMC or OLTL.


  10. eiwcakeff says:

    OLTL has been doing really well since the first of the yr and it took peeps a while to catch on but they did their s/l have been great much better than the keeper GH. Can anyone say agenda driven.


  11. Andrea Graves says:

    ABC was my favorite t.v. network to watch, until they canceled the only 2 soap operas I watch: All My Children and One Life to Live. I watch All My Children and One Life to Live every single day and ever since I was 18 years old. I will not watch their replacement shows! Uninterested! I am incredibly disappointed in ABC’s decision to cancel these one-of-a-kind IRREPLACEABLE iconic shows! I LOVE AMC and OLTL! I look forward to these shows every single day! Their replacement shows will not last; they WILL be canceled, I guarantee it! I am begging ABC and Brian Frons and all the powers-that-be to PLEASE don’t cancel All My Children and One Life to Live! You would be sorry and regret it!


  12. david says:

    You didn’t mention how well OLTL is doing among girls 12-17 years old:
    1. DAYS 28,000 (+8,000/+4,000)
    2. OLTL 26,000 (+12,000/-7,000)
    3. B&B 19,000 (+4,000/-12,000)
    3. Y&R 19,000 (-3,000/-33,000)
    5. GH 9,000 (-3,000/-51,000)
    6. AMC 8,000 (-2,000/-16,000)

    In terms of total viewers Y&R and B&B may be ahead of OLTL now, but the strength of OLTL among younger girls suggests it has an increasing fan base to grow into the future, which makes its cancellation all the more ill-conceived.

    AMC is pretty much at the bottom or next to the bottom in all categories that its cancellation is more sensible. Perhaps if viewers boycott The Chew and its advertisers in September so the show fails–while keeping OLTL ratings strong–Disney/ABC might reconsider its decision about discontinuing OLTL in January. If The Chew fails, let them replace it with The Revolution and save OLTL!


  13. Betsey says:

    Well, we all know that Guza and Frons are Best Buds – which would be the reason why/how GH got their stay of execution.

    I also wanted to point out that no matter how many Soaps are left on-air, someone will always have to be at the bottom. Can you imagine the ratings race that would ensue if there were only four Soaps left?!? Networks will just keep canceling the lowest rated Soap, until there are none left.

    Just saying.


    david replied

    You are right. It doesn’t matter what soap is at the bottom of the ratings, if it is adequately competing against other programming in its time slot. And even if it isn’t, it doesn’t mean it couldn’t be moved to a different time slot where it might be more competitive.


  14. david says:

    OLTL is the ONLY show with MORE viewers compared to last year (+150,000) and it was canceled?! OLTL is growing compared to all of the other shows!


  15. Sad Soap Lover says:

    I hope everyone will contact other television stations and ask them to consider picking up AMC and OLTL. I, along with many others have left our comments on Oprah’s network webside OWN, since she loves AMC maybe she will reconsider picking up these shows if enough of us respond. Here is the link to her site:


  16. Mims says:



  17. teresa says:

    this really sucks i work late afternoons i only watch my soaps i refuse to watch these other show


  18. Heidi says:

    I still can’t believe OLTL is being cancelled… have watched it on and off again since it started. Great writing most of the time and great acting all of the time! Again I will not be watching anything but GH after OLTL is cancelled on ABC. I only hope someone buys OLTL and does it justice since we know ABC is incapable of doing so. I am so tired of reality shows Mr Frons!


  19. Lawrence says:

    As much as I hate to see these iconic shows as well as this genre leave us, ratings dont matter– profitability matters. The numbers dictate that the network can increase profitability by replacing these shows. Its that simple. We all should just accept it since ABC isnt necessarily worried if you boycott their network since a whole new crop of viewers is waiting to replace you ( and me). If somebody is smart, we will find these shows on DVD or streaming somewhere, and have a lifetime of repeats to keep us connected…


  20. Miffy says:

    Being number 3 in a list of 6 – when five of those six shows have poor ratings – is not impressive.

    Not a vindication, sorry.


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