Katie Couric's upcoming talk show, "Katie," will replace one hour of ABC's daytime programming in December. ABC's sole surviving soap opera, "TV Guide reports that the Couric is concerned that having "The ," the low rated lifestyle/weight loss show which replaced " " in January, as a lead-in will hurt "Katie." The article claims that Couric would prefer to have " " 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 " 's" cancellation.," seemed destined for cancellation so the network could move to an all talk daytime line-up. However,
This week, the ratings for "The" were 38 percent lower among daytime's key demographic of Women 18-49 versus " 's" performance in the timeslot a year ago (0.5/3 versus 0.8/6). " ," 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 " " join the cast of "General Hospital", hit an 18 week high among Women 18-49, with 657,000 viewers in the demographic.