Katie Couric Reportedly Wants ‘General Hospital’ To Be The Lead-In For Her Talk Show
Katie Couric’s upcoming talk show, “Katie,” will replace one hour of ABC’s daytime programming in December. ABC’s sole surviving soap opera, “General Hospital,” seemed destined for cancellation so the network could move to an all talk daytime line-up. However, TV Guide reports that the Couric is concerned that having “The Revolution,” the low rated lifestyle/weight loss show which replaced “One Life to Live” in January, as a lead-in will hurt “Katie.” The article claims that Couric would prefer to have “General Hospital” as a lead-in both because it has much higher ratings and because she is concerned that soap fans will boycott her show if they hold her responsible for “General Hospital’s” cancellation.
This week, the ratings for “The Revolution” were 38 percent lower among daytime’s key demographic of Women 18-49 versus “One Life to Live’s” performance in the timeslot a year ago (0.5/3 versus 0.8/6). “General Hospital,” which featured the death of a popular character, the return of several of the show’s biggest stars from the 1980s and the start of a storyline in which characters from “One Life to Live” join the cast of “General Hospital”, hit an 18 week high among Women 18-49, with 657,000 viewers in the demographic.