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.

  • Willa

    BRING BACK ONE LIFE TO LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Melanie

    @TV Gord, thanks for the article. That explains alot.

  • Dana

    Looks like I will be watching “General Hospital” for one more year, and ABC cancel the “The Sprew” for a game show that can be the final nail in the coffin for CBS’s “The Price Is Right”

  • Richard

    @TV Gord,

    SON message boards are some of the best out there. I have never joined them but enjoy reading them a lot. I have a lot of that big brother thing in me that some of us talked about a few weeks ago. I just hate when you have to join a site and give them pieces of info about your life. Maybe I’m a little paranoid — who knows.

    Anyway like you I enjoy when people state how they feel on a certain issue. It is nice and I often find myself thinking about it or at least seeing a new perspective on it. That is what it should be about. That is one of the reasons I love posters like Jay, Dave, and Melanie because they seem to always do that.

    @Water Cooler

    Why would they cancel The Chew or shorten it when some weeks it beats both Days and GH. I think you guys saying it will be cancelled or shortened is just wishful thinking. The show costs less, does just as well or almost as well as AMC many weeks, and even repeats well. ABC would be stupid to shorten a show that is doing that or move it.

    @Diana and others,

    You guys are going to have to face facts but a show like GMA in the afternoon is probably going to do better than you guys want it too. It is going to be helped big time by the fact that this is a Presidential election year.

    All that GMA and Katie have to do is air the candidates or their pundits and they will attract an audience.

    The biggest thing that any soap or daytime show is going to face this summer besides the weather is the Olympics for 2 weeks.

    And one last thought I was just told by my sister-in-law that there are rumors that Days is pulling another serial killer story and planning to fire some big names as part of it.

    That could really hurt GH big time if the press quits riding the coattails of Ron C. and start sucking up to Days for the latest info on the serial killer story.

    On some boards I have been too the last few days there is already more talk and chatter about the firings at Days now than has been about GH being renewed.

    I just noticed that today by looking at how many pages certain threads had. That seemed weird to me.

  • TV Gord

    Nickp, you follow the Mayan calendar, don’t you?

  • MBmomof3

    Just for today, I’m going to enjoy these little gifts:
    1) GH was renewed
    2) I still have SoapNet
    3) The Revolution was cancelled

    Thank you godesses & saints of soap fans, however fleeting as these gifts may be, today is a joyous day!

  • David

    ABC finally made a good decision… Now cancel the Spew and bring back OLTL

  • JayTN

    There was actually talk at one point – during the 1990s, I believe – of Fox getting into the daytime soap business. When “Days” was teetering on the verge of cancellation at the time, there were rumors that Sony could move it to Fox. However, most Fox affiliates have lucrative syndicated programming that they air during the day…which probably gets more viewers than any soap, new or old, would get.

    Richard…I agree about “The Chew”. It has done about as well as could be expected, so I don’t think ABC will do anything to it for the next year. The only way I can see ABC canceling it or shortening it is if they have a new show in development that they are really confident in. Despite its renewal, I would still put “The Chew” ahead of GH in terms of which series the network would prefer to keep. Think of GH as an inmate on death row and ABC – that is, the governor – has called in a stay of execution. GH is still on death row, but it is simply getting a new execution date.

  • Stone

    Can’t wait to see how the 50th will be celebrated! Good on ABC Daytime for having the vision to save the best soap on Daytime!

  • TJ

    @ David

    The Chew isn’t going anywhere. Whether you like it or not, The Chew is a success by ABC’s standards. It’s virtually equaling or at least coming close to AMC’s year-ago ratings but at a much less expensive cost. That’s a fact. You may not like the show, resent it, or not have any interest in it but the reality is that it has cultivated an audience and has shown real potential to grow. And grow up already with the childish name calling. That’s so far beyond worn out and not the least bit clever or funny. All it does is show how immensely immature you and many of these bitter soap fans really are. I’ve never seen such sour grapes before in my entire life.

    And AMC and OLTL are both never coming back, not on ABC or anywhere else. ABC didn’t cancel them with the intent to bring them back at some point later on. Besides, the actors and crew members have all moved on and all the sets for both shows were destroyed. No network or outlet anywhere has any shred of interest in these shows. That ship has sailed for good.

  • bb

    :) GOOD!!! Now we need to just get rid of The Spew… I won’t watch Katie anyway so I don’t care what time it comes on, only daytime ABC I’ll watch is GH. I still miss OLTL. :(

  • Chris2

    I like the idea of GMA moving into The Chew’s timeslot and The Chew becoming a segment on GMA instead of a whole 1 hour show. They repeat themselves way too much on that show for people to keep interest in it long-term. GH is the only show in ABC Daytime that can grow close to 3 million viewers once it gets in its new timeslot.

  • Richard

    That is putting a lot of confidence in GH in its new timeslot. Across the US right now it is does not air against another soap opera. Only in portions does it air opposite Days now.

    But when it moves it will compete against Days of Our Lives in a lot more areas.

  • TJ

    You bitter soap fans are so far beyond stuck-up that you make me and many others want to “spew”.

  • Pat

    I’m glad for GH fans to have another year. So enjoy it while you can because this is most likely just postponing the inevitable. (I’m not a “hater”-just being honest and realistic about where it stands.)

    At least the show will now be able to mark its 50th anniversary, a rare TV milestone, and have more time to hopefully and finally get its creative act back together in an effort to go out with a bang and a blaze of glory that honors its history.

  • Chrisann D

    I agree with MBmom as usual. I too am going to enjoy GH while it is here. I rememer months back when the Revolution first aired there were so many that said GH will be canceled so deal with it. The Revolution doesn’t have to set the ratings on fire since it is so cheap to produce. GH will be gone by September so stop being so dilusoinal, Ha ha ha. Soap fans who believed are having the last laugh!

  • sofaspud

    @ ONE

    Tim Gunn considers himself asexual?!! Wow. Well, Andy Warhol said the same thing but that was decades ago. Not really sure why anyone would care anyhow.

  • Melanie

    @Richard, thanks for the shout out! I really enjoy reading what you have to say also. You, Dave A., Ann, TV Gord, Jay TN, and TJ, and a couple of others keep it real. There is nothing wrong with someone enjoying their show, it just boggles my mind when someone points out how bad ratings are and what is wrong with a particular show and then they are labeled “haters”. Huh? Makes no sense. I go to lots of other threads on this site and many posters at times, highly criticize alot of shows I like, but that doesn’t stop me from praising and continuing to watch them. And no, I don’t call them haters either. They have a right to express their opinion also and besides were just talking about TV shows, nothing life threatening to get upset about at all.

    Back to GH for a second, someone said that it is a stretch to say that RC is turning it into OLTL 2.0. I tell you, they should go read on some of the other soap sites where many GH fans are still upset that some GH writers, the music director and a few stage crew have been replaced with some folks from OLTL and some have said that the background music and lighting is now similar to OLTL. Also, some repeating storylines (DID)and now I hear that John McBain is already starting to get alot of screen time and so is Starr and you better believe when Todd comes back, he will also and Tea is coming but for now it is short term, but you never know. It will be interesting to see if GH does survive another year, how many more GH folks will be shown the door to make way for some more OLTL staff since FV is tight on the budget. Just hope that RC doesn’t get so overboard with the OLTL stuff, that he totally forgets about GH.

  • Robert

    I think GENERAL HOSPITAL should have been axed. The only reason that show got renewed was because they brought back Robert and Anna. I have already stopped watching because this show still revolves around SONNY and the mob. And eventually the fans that returned will drift away and a year from now GH will be back where it was earlier this year; in trouble.

  • Melanie

    @Robert, GH was saved primarily because of the Revolution’s poor performance. It pretty much says that in this press release that “ABC was persuaded to keep GH due to the Revolution hitting record low ratings in March”. GH really needs to step it up storyline and ratings wise if they want to survive another year.

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