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.

  • Chrisann D

    The thing is on GH while they did bring some OLTL cast members over they aren’t getting much air time. I see way too much Sonny and Kate/Connie. So to say Ron C is trying to make GH OLTL is a huge stretch. I agree with many posters that say they need to weed out some of the more unpopular characters and give some of the favorites more screen time. There is a year to get GH to where more fans will tune in and in my opinion it can be done. Also I see TVByTheNumbers reported ABC didn’t want the fan backlash to hurt Katies show since they have so much vested in it. I think they have more vested in GH I mean 50 years of a loyal fan base is no small feat. Hope Gh can do it for many more years.

  • TV Gord

    Melanie wrote, “Also you had alot of OLTL fans talking about how GH should’ve been cancelled instead and keep asking for more OLTL characters to come over. To me it was like “wait a minute, this is GH, not OLTL”. Some have even said they are only watching GH now because of the OLTL characters. Although OLTL was my favorite show, I can understand in this case why many GH fans are not happy about it.”

    That’s a very good point. I can understand GH fans feeling invaded.

    I first started watching GH because I followed Skye from AMC to OLTL (where I stayed) and then to GH. I left shortly after she did because, as many have complained, there is too much Sonny and the mob. I hope the rumors that McBain is going to dismantle the mob are true. That could be the show’s salvation!

  • Chris B

    You know the haters on here really annoy me. Yes we know it only gave GH one additional year. But guess what that is one additional year that all the haters said GH would not get. Now that they got it they want to already talk about it’s demise one year from now. If it does so be it but we fans of GH got another year to enjoy our show. I for one am not delusional thinking GH will get another 5 years it is one year. Let the GH Fans be happy it got another year and can celebrate 50 years on TV. Not many shows that air daily can boast that type of longevity.

    Congrats to GH and it’s fans, we get one more year of our show no matter how much the haters want to try and spoil that

  • Michael

    So wait…is this the *tenetive* schedule now as of Sept 10th?!?

    1:00 The Chew
    2:00 General Hospital
    3:00 Katie (few others-syndication)

    Cause there is a lot of confusion…I thought that Katie was going to be on at 2PM and GH at 3 as it has always been…BUT some here said that ABC put Katie’s hour into syndication for the shows that didn’t want to carry her. Am I getting this right?? :S

  • Michael

    Sorry to Double Post…

    To the GMA trial: Absolutely right. GMA is trying to compete with the TODAY show on NBC which now does an upresented 4 hours!! :O In order to continue that, I see them cutting into syndication and going from 7 to 10 beginning in 2013. So that being said, they would cut an hour of syndication programming (bad news for Rachel Ray, Nate *should be cancelled this summer anyways* and really bad news for Live with Kelly, which is produced by ABC/Disney).

    So unless ABC pretty much wants to kill syndication by allowing GMA to go 7 to 10, move Kelly to 10-11AM, and then have The View follow, it’s gonna be a mess over there. So syndication TV is staring up a wall as their time slots dwinder. GH looks like prime bait, which is a reason why it would almost make sense to LEAVE it at 3PM because when it IS cancelled in would open up the syndication times (for those that don’t carry Katie and if HER show is ALSO cancelled then) to 2PM.

    So the message to everyone: This is the decision of ABC, it’s news division, along with Advertisers and now…the syndicators trying to save their shows.

  • TJ

    @ Chris B

    A little paranoid, aren’t we? We’re just trying to keep it real here, that’s all. If you can’t tolerate dissenting opinions about GH and are annoyed by negative GH comments here, go somewhere else. Go to one of these all rah-rah-rah delusional soap fan/shill sites. On this board, you’re going to find all kinds of opinions about GH and soaps in general. Not everyone’s comment is going to be all balloons and rainbows.

  • Melanie

    Hey, you guys should check out what Errol, editor in chief at the Soap Opera Network said. It is in a “ABC renews GH” thread. Sorry, the post is kinda long and I am too lazy to post it here, lol. Looks like he made it clear that GH wasn’t “renewed” so much, more of a band aid because of the Revolution’s failure, or something to that nature. Anyways, I thought he said some pretty interesting stuff.

  • Chris B


    I can tolerate differing opinions. But what I am seeing is all the people who said GH would not be renewed, are not here immediately going it is only one year. And they are the ones throwing insults at other people who are happy that the show got another year.

    No GH fan is being delusional like some of the people are saying thinking that the show has a long time. The show is on life support but it got another year and that gives some hope and some time.

    Ultimately ABC is not behind the show and yes The Revolution’s ratings are what allowed GH to be renewed. But ABC could have just as easily gone with the GMA PM Edition as a permanent thing and cancelled GH or could have even put reruns of their prime time shows in that slot. Both which would have been cheaper alternatives. Instead they chose to give GH more time and instead of people hating on that they should be admitting they were wrong and GH got another year. Not back to your regular schedule hating from TJ and the other haters.

  • Chris

    @Chrisannd–I just don’t see a TV show getting renewed or canceled as victory or defeat for people who have nothing to do with that TV show.

    That’s your illusion. Not mine.

  • Stef

    GH is getting back to its roots,so its about time ABC saw the writings the wall. The gentleman who took off AMC and OLTL is gone and we don’t have to listen to him say he knows what we want. There’s just something special about “my show”.

  • JayTN

    Just to add my opinion…I don’t see anything wrong with being ‘real’ and informing people that, yes, GH was renewed, but for just one year. For those who think that the ‘battle’ is over (for those of you fighting to save GH), that is most definitely not the case.

    There are some people on this board – and you know who you are – that treat any word against GH or favorable to a soap replacement as heresy or ‘raining on people’s parades’. I would rather someone be rationale instead of always being rainbows and sunshine…which does no one any good. These same people always bark about letting everyone have an opinion, yet they tend to be the most hostile to those differing opinions (and I agree with a poster – I forget his or her name – in an earlier thread who said that some comments that some people consider opinions are not actually opinions). They simply hide behind the context of allowing different opinions in case anyone attacks them for their own (biased) opinions.

    Lastly, this is my opinion…I don’t buy the argument that disgruntled OLTL fans played a role in the demise of “The Revolution”. “The Chew” appears to be doing quite well, all things considered. Does that mean AMC fans are more forgiving (or not as loyal?) or that “The Chew” is a better show? “The Revolution” reportedly had problems even before it went on the air (one reason why it was delayed until January), so it is more likely that “The Revolution” was simply a poorly conceived and executed show that failed on its own.

  • Richard

    Whine Whine Whine Whine. If some of us stating the facts based on numbers, etc. and stating our opinion automatically makes us haters then all your complaining about negative comments, etc. just makes you big whiners. I get so tired of it.

    People are only stating an opinion of what they think. I don’t see any of them complaining about what you say. Funny you guys always pull the punches and say we are haters, etc. but it is you who make it negative with all the whining and name calling. Get some balls and learn that life is not all about you and what you want. This is a message board and some people are going to be happy about news, some are going to be sad, etc. The only thing that is alike in all of it is that we all have an opinion about news posted on the web. And we all have the right to state it. If a person can’t deal with that without calling names and whining about it then they need to just stay away from message boards. Or at least grow up and quit acting like a child. Name calling and crying are characteristics of children.

    A person simply stating that they think it is just for a year, or that it will be just for a year, is just stating their opinion and most likely a fact. That does not make them a hater. What does it make you by automatically saying it is for more than a year when all the facts state is that it was renewed for 1 year.

  • Richard

    @Jay TN

    I agree about The Revolution’s demise. If it was due to the power of soap fans then where are all these powerful soap fans in regards to Lets Make A Deal, Today, The Talk and The Chew. They all replaced a soap too. I didn’t watch those soaps, but I know that they replaced soaps. Is it that the soap fans only cared about one show and that was One Life To Live. Where is the audacity in that way of thinking. Oh OLTL is the only soap opera ever cancelled that was important so we are going to kill the show that replaced it. I can’t see all the soap fans agreeing with that. Why don’t they just go ahead and say it. It was the all powerful OLTL fans who did it. Well for those of you crying about the state of soap operas today, you better clone those powerful OLTL fans if you want to save the other soaps. But wait they don’t care about other soaps just OLTL. So that won’t work either. If these OLTL fans are determined to kill whatever airs in the timeslot then what is going to happen to GH when it moves there. I guess they will kill it too. After all if they kill every show that airs there then ABC will have to lament and put OLTL back on the air.

    @TV Gord

    I have stated over and over again in the last month or so that I have no problem with new characters for the most part. I never saw the OLTL characters so they are new characters to me. My problems were first that GH didn’t need any new characters. They already have too many and had too many introduced in the last year. I would have protested any.

    My other big problem is that the 3 OLTL characters who have been put on contract all came in and were immediately tied to Sonny and Jason and the mob. Clearly that tells me that RC wants to write for these characters and will for awhile as he tied them to these characters from the start. That is their purpose.

    I might have stuck around if the new characters had been tied to the Quartermains or at least to the hospital. But they weren’t. Who knows if the rumors are true that it is intended to get rid of the mob. For now it is all the same. I was hanging on by a thread this last year. Ron C. just gave me no reason to hope for anything different. I stuck around for 2 weeks and all I saw was still the same old same old. Still the Sonny and Jason and Carly show. I don’t want to want to watch that anymore.

    As to the AMC and OLTL fans getting to say goodbye. I have heard so many different things on that. I didn’t watch either show — never did. I have read online mixed reviews with many fans being satisfied with what they got and that most characters got a happy ending. And they liked the sense that things would still go on.

    What I don’t understand is why some people are so happy about the characters coming over so that they can get closure. Is RC giving any OLTL fans any kind of closure. I know I have friends online who are very upset with him over him undoing Starr’s happy ending. They wished he had left things the way it was and refuse to watch GH. They would rather think she is playing someone totally different and that she is still happy with cole and her baby somewhere.

    Also the John and Natalie fans I have online are very upset with what they are seeing as they were happy that the two I guess were together at the end of OLTL. They refuse to accept John flirting with anyone on GH.

    So what good is he doing with OLTL’s happy endings? He is ruining them and angering some of the show’s fans. What kind of conclusion is that for their characters.

  • Richard

    Oh one other thing. I find it funny that I was sitting here thinking reading through this thread how neat it was to read everyone’s opinions and that none of it seemed to be attacking. Just people discussing the different sides of this and what it means or might mean.

    And then boom the thread turns ugly. And guess who turned it ugly. The very ones who constantly accuse others of being the Debbie downers and haters. Funny and very ironic that you guys constantly think you are so innocent.

    What good do you get out of constantly complaining about how others post. State your opinion and move on. You don’t have to constantly complain or point out what you think is wrong with the way someone posts. You post and let them post. And then comment on what the person says. Don’t attack the poster. You accuse others of doing that very thing, but you are the one who attacks other posters more than the ones you accuse.

  • TomSFBay

    The colossal bomb that was “The Revolution” was the reason GH is getting another year. It pulls in half the audience GH does. However, I don’t expect that GH will survive much longer beyond this.

    That said, I think that Days of Our Lives will go off the air next, and thenGeneral Hospital will probably follow shortly thereafter. Daytime soap operas are fading into oblivion.

  • gigi

    ABC – get the clue here. There are too many information/how-to/talk shows on. It’s a complete overload. Bring back some soaps for comic relief.

  • TV Gord

    Chris, if you think NO GH fan is delusional, then you’re not reading the same boards I am. I’m not saying you are among the delusional, but it does seem a little wacky to me that anyone who has a realistic take on this news is a hater. I think I’ve proven in my comments that I love the soaps. I loved western shows when I was a kid, too. They’re gone now. It happens.

  • Ann

    I don’t think people are being haters because they’re being realistic.

    First of all, ABC lies all the time so I don’t put much stock in what they say even if they do say the show will last a year. GH has been losing viewers pretty consistently. So they’re not going to keep putting money into something that’s failing.

    It may very well go to its 50th anniversary. The problem is the show has become unrecognizable. They have turned away so many fans of popular characters, Jax, Brenda, Nicholas, Lucky, Luke and Laura, S&B, etc. over the years and they’re doing nothing to get them back. They’re just continuing with horrible stories like Kate, Skate, the stripper killer or whatever that is, and the OLTL people, who let’s face it, don’t really belong on GH.

    Would the OLTL and AMC fans have not batted an eye if their show was populated by GH characters in it’s last year? They don’t seem to have anything going on that would bring viewers back. So I really don’t know that they are trying to save it.

    Just realistically, I think the extra GMA hour is a test. The Chew has done well. The Revolution didn’t. That’s the only reason GH is staying. But they had success with the Chew so I can see them trying to get a program in place of GH. And people act as though ABC is the only network to cancel soaps. NBC has only one left and CBS only two, and they were all getting better ratings than GH.

    It’s sad but at least let this show go with a little bit of dignity and class. If they spend the next year honoring GH’s history then I’m all for it. But I’m not sure that’s going to happen.

  • Richard

    Great point about westerns TV Gord.

    MBmom and I have been saying for weeks that we felt this was what was going to happen. So I am not surprised by the news at all.

    I knew there was no way ABC could keep The Rev. I felt that ABC just might give GH a final year. They could have stated that this week but why buy bad publicity when you don’t have too.

    ABC can wait until about December or January and say that the week of April 1st, 2013 will be GH’s last week. And announce what the replacement will be.

    The only way I see them giving it shorter amount of time is if GH’s ratings do not go up and continue to fall or stay where they are now. I don’t see how they can justify the costs of the show if ratings don’t go up.

    As I said a few weeks back, ABC has been complaining about GH’s budget for over a year now and RC/FV so far have done nothing to cut the budget. They haven’t gotten rid of any big earners as far as contracts. They added 3 OLTL veteran actors to the cast on contract and that can’t be cheap.

    ABC even stated one of the reasons they don’t promote the show in primetime outside of SoapNet is because of the budget. I remember when I used to see GH ads on a lot of different cable channels a few years ago.

    The bottom line is whether some want to hear it or not, GH has got a lot of work to do if they want to go beyond this year or even get the whole year.

    People just need to look at The Rev getting cancelled so soon as clear evidence that even though ABC says they renewed GH for a year doesn’t mean that GH gets a full year. The Rev didn’t last it’s full cycle and if GH doesn’t pull its ratings up ABC can still cancel it whenever they want.

  • TV Gord

    @Richard, well, it’s not a conclusion for their characters, because the characters are going on. And what soap characters ever continue with happy stories?

    Anyway, you’re addressing things that don’t interest me as much as keeping GH on the air (even though I’m not a longtime fan). I enjoy the shows, but I’m not THAT invested in what happens to the characters. I’m thinking about the potential benefits of moving OLTL characters to GH because it could help the ratings. So far, it doesn’t seem to be…but as I wrote earlier, nothing ever seems to raise the ratings substantially. No favorite actor’s return, no revisiting of classic characters. The viewers are only going away. They aren’t coming back. I was hoping OLTL fans who are still missing their daily ritual would follow some of the characters and help GH’s ratings.

    I’d like to know where you read the AMC and OLTL fans who were satisfied with the endings/non-endings. I sure didn’t read many of those.

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