After a bad start on Monday for One Life to Live’s replacement, the lifestyle/reality series, The Revolution, the scenario continued to worsen. Now, according to TV Media Insights, “After day three, the series is down 25 percent from it lead in The Chew and 35 percent from One Life to Live, in the same slot a year ago. The moral of the story: No one ever said replacing an institution like One Life to Live would be easy…or necessary. ”
While some, like former ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons are of the belief that the audience will be trained to appreciate this kind of informational and improving one’s self series, it seems from the feedback we are reading is that women who the new series is supposed to appeal to, are already miffed and somewhat insulted by the tips given by hosts: Tim Gunn, Harley Pasternak and the doctor/experts. So how informational and instructional can this be?
As many have seen, The Chew seems to be steadily increasing and taking hold of the timeslot given to them after the axing of All My Children, which leaves many also believing that eventually The Revolution, might get an audience. But certainly not any of the 2.8 million who watched One Life, or any of the other smart soaps fans that we know of.
If this continues, ABC will be left searching for a replacement for The Revolution while having hundreds of jobs were lost in NYC, many daytime viewers losing their favorite long standing favorite series, and many of whom are scurrying away to the other networks to find a replacement soap opera or show for their early afternoon television fix. Was this all worth it because The Revolution is cheaper to produce? Perhaps for the network, but ultimately at what cost?