ABC Renews 'General Hospital' and Cancels 'The Revolution'

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April 11th, 2012

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.

 
  • TV Gord

    JC, only about 2.2 million viewers are watching GH and fewer than half-a-million are in the target audience. There are HUGE questions about GH.

  • Kelby

    Congratulations GH. Now get the show back to being good again and end it on a good note. You have been sucking the life out of this show for years now. Get with it!

  • Chris

    Folks, this is simply a temporary stay of execution for GH-nothing more. GH is not out of the woods by any means. Just trying to keep it real here.

    ABC only renewed it because of just how poor The Revolution performed, and that’s saying an awful lot because it was so much cheaper to make than GH. If GH doesn’t show real improvement by this time next year, it’ll almost certainly be headed out the door. In the meantime, this most likely buys ABC more time to continue its search for a stronger new unscripted show that’ll be a better fit following The Chew (a game show, perhaps?)

    I agree with FM that this upcoming GMA in the Afternoon show over the summer is probably a trial run to see if it can potentially be that replacement. If it does decently, GH could be in real trouble again. Although ABC is keeping GH for now, that doesn’t mean that it’s entirely safe if it doesn’t improve-akin to what CBS did with ATWT in 2009-10 after Guiding Light was axed and went off the air a few months earlier. It’s now or never for General Hospital. This is its absolute last chance.

    But it’s good that at the very least, GH will now get a chance to celebrate its 50th anniversary next April, even as diminished as the show is now. After all, how many TV shows in history have lasted a half century? I think that upcoming round milestone was another key factor in ABC giving it the reprieve, given The Revolution’s failure. Also, I’m sure that ABC/Disney wanted to launch Katie Couric’s show in the calmest fashion possible since they have so much riding on her.

  • Sean

    OK well this is a clear message to the new PTB at GH. They have one year to show it is viable. That seems reasonable. First order of business: Kill Sonny.

  • ABC hater

    Somewhat surprising, but GH won’t be hanging around for too long, unfortunately, anyway.

  • talbet

    As a former AMC fan, I’ve finally started watching another soap, General Hospital. It has an ABC feel that no other soap that’s still on has. Great to hear there’s going to be at least one more season. Hope they add some more AMC flavor.

  • Here Comes the Pain!

    Good decision and very surprising honestly!

    GH’s ratings will definitely improve once The Revolution stops being its lead-in and it moves into its 2pm timeslot come September.

    GH has to gain 1 million viewers everyday off its lead-in which is hard to do in daytime now in days. If it gets behind The Chew, GH can go from 2.2 million to 2.6 million.

  • Jeff

    Take good news where you can get it, and really make that double good news (yeah GH and yeah for the cancellation of The Revulsion). Good job to GH cast and crew. Too bad ABC had to learn the hard way about trying to replace iconic shows with crap TV. At least they didn’t make the same mistake 3x in just over a year. Now, that gives GH time to get those ratings up to the safe zone. Totally doable.

  • Alex

    GREAT NEWS TO SOAP FANS!! ALTHOUGH IM NOT A GENERAL HOSPITAL FAN I WOULD HAVE TO AGREE WITH FM.. GMA IN THE AFTERNOON COULD BE A TRIAL RUN AS TO BEING A REPLACEMENT TO GENERAL HOSPITAL NEXT YEAR. ALSO IT COULD BE THAT IF GENERAL HOSPITAL MOVES TO 2PM ET IT WOULD LIKELY AIR AT 1PM PT AND CT WHICH COULD NOW BE IN COMPETITION WITH DAYS OR OUR LIVES ON NBC AND THE TALK ON CBS ON THE PT AND CT TIME ZONES. HOPEFULLY IT DOESNT MEET THE FATE LIKE AS THE WORLD TURNS DID BUT ITS A THOUGHT…. ITS UP TO THE FANS TO KEEP THE SHOW GOING .. IN 2013 ALSO DAYS IS UP FOR RENEWAL… IT WOULD BE SAD TO SEE THAT GENERAL HOSPITAL AND DAYS OF OUR LIVES COULD END IN 2013… BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL COULD BE NEXT AND I WOULD THINK THAT YOUNG AND RESTLESS COULD BE THE LAST SOAP REMAINING IN THE USA.. AND THEN THE MAGIC OF SOAPS WOULD END..

  • jay

    Oh “yeah”, thank god!

  • Dave.A

    @Shelly

    ABC is NEVER bring back OLTL. Not today, not next year, not in a 100 years. ABC didn’t canceled it to later bring it back. Even if the cancellation of OLTL turned out to be indeed a mistake, ABC still wouldn’t bring it back. Should ABC ever want to return to the daytime soap opera business, they will just have a new soap opera instead of bringing back OLTL. It is often easier to create something new than to revive something. The only possible return you may get from OLTL is a movie or a reunion to conclude the storylines that were left open because of the Prospect Park mess. But OLTL, as a show, is never coming back; not on ABC, not elsewhere. No network wants this show.

    As for GH, unless it can pull ratings similar to Y&R (which BTW is also in decline), this reprieve will most likely be temporary. This Good Morning America version on the afternoon is ABC’s answer to NBC’s Today which has been on fire for many years now. The war between GMA and Today has intensified so much that it’s been reported that NBC is considering extending Today to a fifth hour by eventually cancelling Days of Our Lives. GMA could be GH’s replacement.

  • miles silverberg

    I’m relieved about The Revolution. It’s too rushed and crammed with helpful hints we’ve mostly heard before. I’m especially relieved for Tim Gunn. This means there’s a better chance that he’ll actually be awake and paying attention while mentoring the new season of PR when filming starts this summer.

  • Dontryl Alexander

    The Revolution is out, The Chew… Your Next!

  • Kata

    YEAH… so sick of ABC for replacing the soaps that have had so many loyal viewers for years. Hopefully Couric will tank too.

  • Dasch

    How about just bringing back OLTL… I think it has been on hiatus long enough! Or are we just going to continue to watch show after show fail in the OLTL time slot… We miss you Viki!

  • FM

    Soap fans need to pay very close attention, ABC gave GH a warning and now NBC is giving Days of our Lives a final warning. Just because ABC gave GH one more year doesn’t mean that GH will see 2014. If ABC really wanted to save GH, why didn’t they just rerun older GH shows in the 2pm/1pm time slot until Katie debuts to give GH a fair shot in the time before it moves to the timeslot. GMA in the Afternoon is a test. I wouldn’t be celebrating just yet because ABC can still cancel GH later on in the year. Remember GL: cancelled April 2009, ended September 2009; ATWT renewed April 2009 for one more year, cancelled December 2009, ended September 2010.

  • SLP

    Thank you ABC for keeping GH. Thank you for listening to the voice of the viewers.

  • Richard

    GH is really going to have to work hard to prove to ABC it deserves longer. And as some have already said it is going to have to build off its lead-in big time.

    Many fans have been using it’s lead in as an EXCUSE even though GH didn’t perform well with OLTL as a lead-in either. If after 49 years fans don’t know what time GH comes on it will never matter what it’s lead-in is because obviously they don’t know how to tell time, they don’t know how to use a remote, or they aren’t going to watch GH anyway.

    RC and FV had better wake up and get over their OLTL love and concentrate on GH. Evidently the OLTL fans aren’t going to watch GH or they would have already tuned in and stay tuned in. The OLTL characters didn’t make all of them suddenly tune in. All it has done is drove away long-time GH fans who took this as the final straw and walked away.

    RC/FV have got to get those viewers back and the only way they can do that is give GH fans the show they have been begging for. And if this is the last year of GH and most likely it is — give the loyal GH fans something to be proud of and a chance to say goodbye to their show and their characters.

    OLTL and AMC fans got that chance. Don’t screw the GH fans who are being loyal and sticking with their show. Let them say goodbye. Let GH go out with style and class.

    That is all GH fans want. And that is all they have been asking for. Wake up RC and FV. If you don’t it won’t be an IF as far as GH’s final year, it will be a definite that it is the final year.

  • KarlWriter

    Great news, for now. Soap fans successfully united to kill The Revolution! But now we have another battle, to continue saving GH, by not watching Good Morning America in the Afternoon. Round Two folks, is on. We want love in the Afternoon. Let’s show the out of touch ABC suits we don’t want more talk in daytime, but scripted drama. Show them that canceling OLTL is still on our minds and we don’t forget or forgive. ABC is still off in my house at all hours except for GH. The network’s day part is a mess without the soaps. Let’s boycott GMA spinoff this summer and Katie in the fall. Maybe only then will GH be truly safe. I fear that if GMA afternoon does well this summer that GH could still be in trouble.

  • Chrisann D

    Karl I so agree, We already have 2 hours of GMA and than live with Kelly for another hour. Than a hour of the View. 4 hours of talk blah blah blah. Thats just ABC. CBS has 2 hours of CBS this morning than local news(at least in my area) 3 hours of talk. NBC has Today for 3 hours than in my area than Rachael Ray than an hour of news. WAY too much talk and no scripted. So with the Chew, Katy and GMA in the afternoon there will be no scripted drama in the afternoon UNLESS GH stays. I still support Days and Y&R but they need to improve too.

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