'General Hospital' Moves to 2PM Eastern, 1PM Pacific/Central Beginning September 10

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June 26th, 2012

via press release:





There’s never been a better time to “check-in” to ABC’s “General Hospital” and beginning MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 the popular daytime drama moves to its new time period of 2:00 p.m. ET /1:00 p.m. PT/CT, on the ABC Television Network. Fans can now catch all the intrigue and excitement of Port Charles one hour earlier.


“General Hospital,” the most honored show of the 2012 Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, celebrates its golden anniversary on April 1, 2013. Approaching 50 historic years on ABC, “General Hospital” is the longest running American soap opera currently in production and the third longest-running drama in American television history.


“General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer. Ron Carlivati is the head writer.


Full episodes of “General Hospital” are available on ABC.com immediately following the network broadcast. Follow us at: www.facebook.com/GeneralHospital, Twitter  @generalhospital (#generahospital).

  • Sean


  • James

    >_< Yeeeeeeeeah!!!!!!!! Whoooooooo!!! Like a early b-day and x-Mas present!!!

  • Dang

    Yessssssss hoping ratings will go up

  • rob60990

    Good to hear GH will celebrate its 50th.

  • Mary

    I have watched GH since it first aired and was called Emergency Hospital.This is great news. I will continue to watch GH as long as it airs.Thank you ABC.

  • Nick

    This is a surprise to whom?

    Anyway, this will probably do nothing for the ratings. Moving earlier will alienate its core females 12-34 audience, but I don’t see W18-49 being affected as much. However, The Chew will be a better lead-in than the Revolution, balancing out the losses.

  • Patrick

    Finally a good decision made by ABC…congrats to GH! I hope Frank and Ron have an amazing plan for GHs 50th! Bring back some of our favorites like Lucy, Bobby, Dillion, and find a way to bring back Alan, AJ, and Georgie. And congrats to GH for cleaning up at the Emmys!

  • Poodlehead

    Missin OLTL and AMC ABC good I hope GH tanks as badly as The revolution did.

  • Melanie

    @rob, there still has been no official announcement as to how long GH will last. I think they will try to see how GAA does later this summer. Just wonder if moving to 2pm that GH will be up against Days of our Lives. I think it is in some markets I heard and I think whether GH airs is up to local affiliates.

  • Pat

    Good to see that GH will at least be able to make it to its 50th on April 1, 2013. That’s a rare mark of longevity that only a select number of programs have reached in TV history, including just two other daytime soaps (the late GL and ATWT). At least it appears that ABC is wise enough to recognize the significance of that golden milestone. Honestly, given that The Revolution failed, it would’ve looked strange in the almanacs and on Wikipedia years from now if they were to pull the plug and end the show before the anniversary. Hopefully, we can get some good returns from the past and some type of focus on GH’s long history, which has sadly been largely missing in recent years. I sincerely hope that this means less dark doom and gloom day in and day out and more romance as we get closer to next April. The show has been so unwatchable recently and a complete shell of what it was in its glory days.

    However, call me cynical (I don’t trust ABC), nowhere in this press release does it say that GH is guaranteed the entire 2012-13 season in the 2 pm/ET slot. If the dismal ratings (esp W18-49) don’t sharply pick up in a hurry and especially if Good Afternoon America gets respectable numbers over the summer, I personally think that the anniversary week could be the end-JMO. I hope I’m wrong, but that’s just what I think. It’s no secret what ABC’s long term daytime plan is and there will come a point where they’ll probably choose to cut their losses if the numbers don’t improve fast.

  • Debsafan

    Now GH, comes on the same time as DOOL. Now ain’t that great. Stupid ABC..

  • NBC is awesome

    NOOOOOOOOOO! I have watched GH everyday when i came home from school at 3 for the past 6 years. ABC is the devil, FAIL!!

  • rob60990

    @Melanie, it says right in the press release GH will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 1, 2013 and it was also announced on the facebook page but your right. ABC can cancel it whenever they want but the mentioning it in the press release and facebook page give me some hope.

  • rob60990

    “I think whether GH airs is up to local affiliates.”

    Wrong. affiliates have no say what ABC airs in that timeslot as its still theirs.

  • Kevin

    ABC will probably announce the cancellation in December or January and let April (the 50th anniversary) be the last week the show is aired.

  • Que4u

    I think this is a good move for abc to confirm the 50 year celebration! As far as gaa & Katie couric the chew and the revolution, I wish abc wasn’t so foolish as to believe we want more talk shows!

  • James

    Days is on at 1pm in most markets

  • JayTN

    rob60990…I think you are the one who is wrong, actually. Historically, network affiliates have had great latitude when it comes to the daytime schedule. Primetime and late night, however, are much more strict when it comes to the schedule.

    For example, CBS affiliates were given the option of airing “Guiding Light” at either 3:00 p.m. or 10:00 a.m. (local time). Some affiliates even opted to air GL a day behind (ex: they would air Tuesdays episode during Wednesday morning). GL’s replacement, “Let’s Make a Deal” has a similar arrangement. Also, in some markets, B&B airs before Y&R instead of after it.

    NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” also airs at 2:00 p.m. in some markets instead of the 1:00 p.m. time period that NBC would prefer that it airs. ABC affiliates also aired several soaps that typically aired at 12:30 p.m. (i.e. “Ryan’s Hope”, “Loving”, “The City”, “Port Charles”) were either dropped entirely or aired late into the night, such as 2:00 a.m.

    Pat/others…I don’t know that anniversary’s really matter to the network’s, other than being used for bragging rights. After all, CBS has canceled the then-current longest running scripted program in TV history three time: “Search for Tomorrow” (1982; which was picked up by NBC), “Guiding Light” (2009), and “As the World Turns” (2010). Ironically, Brian Frons was head of NBC Daytime when it too canceled “Search for Tomorrow” in 1986.

  • jaydawg

    Best news of the day!!! HOORay “GH”

  • iggy.

    This will give Katie a better lead-in.

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