ABC is renewing General Hospital for one year, and canceling talk show The Revolution. The network needed to cancel a daytime show to make room for Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show Katie, which will debut on most ABC affiliates this September.
Deadline reports that “ABC was persuaded to keep General Hospital after The Revolution ratings hit record lows in March. The network is allegedly concerned both that canceling ‘General Hospital” will alienate the show’s fans, who threatened to boycott Katie, and that The Revolution would not be a strong lead-in for “Katie.” The week of March 26, GH was watched by 2.26 million viewers, compared to 1.33 million for The Revolution.” The Revolution” also performs poorly among the key Women 18-49 demographic, averaging about half of what “One Life To Live” got in the time period.
The Revolution will end its run on July 7. For the rest of the summer, it will be replaced by an afternoon version of Good Morning America tentatively titled GMA in the Afternoon until “Katie’s” debut.