Do you care about ABC canceling its soaps?

Yesterday ABC axed “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” saying that soaps were only popular with the World War II baby boom generation (my parents) but not with younger viewers.

From AP:

“Soap operas have slowly been fading as a TV force, with many of the women who made up the target audience now in the work force. In place of the two canceled dramas, ABC will air shows about food and lifestyle transformations.”

“Brian Frons, head of ABC’s daytime department, went to the California set of “All My Children” to deliver the news on Thursday, where a video link was also set up to the New York set of “One Life to Live.” He said the shows were doing well creatively, but falling ratings indicated they had a bleak future.”

“If you have a show in severe decline, you’re trying to catch a falling knife,” Frons said.

“Daytime dramas have suffered recently as cable networks like TLC, Bravo and Oxygen aggressively seek viewers in those hours, he said. Soaps are popular with viewers from the post-World War II baby boom, but younger viewers are more interested in other programming, he said.”

Mothers have traditionally been the target audience of soaps – that and old people. I find it so interesting that so many mothers have gone to work that there’s nobody sitting around watching them. Are they DVR’ing the for later?

I watched soap operas in middle school, high school and college (I started out all ABC but then switched to CBS soaps in high school), but I never got hooked again when I became a stay-at-home mom. I didn’t have enough time to devote to watching them.

My mom watched when we were little. She loved “Days of our Lives” but for the last few years she’s been watching “All My Children,” along with several others.

My parents DVR the shows during the day and watch at night while they eat dinner. They are very serious about the soaps. Do not talk while they watching their shows. (Soaps never change. I totally knew who everyone was even though I haven’t watched in years.) I even give my mom and Godmother a soap opera digest type magazine for Christmas each year, which they devour weekly.

My mom is in total denial. She’s hoping there will be uproar from fans and another network will pick up “All My Children.” (They just love Erica Kane! They would say “You’ll never guess what Erica did today!” And then regale me with her antics!)

I guess they can’t make enough money off of mothers and my parents DVRing soaps for nighttime.

Did you watch soaps while you were in school? Did you get hooked on soaps when you stayed home with your kids? Do you DVR soaps to watch later? Which one will you miss the most? Do you care that they have been canceled? Do you want another Rachael Ray type show?

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84 comments Add your comment

Renee

April 14th, 2011
11:34 pm

This is big mistake! You are taking away a long lived tradition! You have to leave somethings alone despite money. Tell the UPPER MANAGEMENT TO CUT THEIR SALARIES, NOT DAYTIME SOAPS!

Frances Annas

April 14th, 2011
11:36 pm

I am very disappointed in the news of this one of my favorite shows. I live in Costa Rica and we don’t get many english speaking channels. I happen to love watching All my Children. Please this has to be a joke.
It is a travestity to hear about these shows where one can relate to others lives. I am very sad indeed about this cancellation. Obviously the people that make these decicions are only in it for the all mighty dollar. Very sad indeed.

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Michele Collins

April 15th, 2011
12:01 am

I have watched soaps since I was 5 years old & didn’t like taking naps, My freshman yr of college I arranged my classes around wathching my soaps from Ryan’s Hope til the end of The Edge of Night, Although I work fulltime my evenings are dedicated to Soapnet from 8pm-11pm so I don’t miss a thing on my ABC soaps because TV is not reflecting my reality with all of these non watchable shows. I watch soaps and reruns of old shows. ABC & Disney in paticular needs to seriously reconsider cancelling proven shows with a following for something I’ll bet noone will be watching especially when you have 2-3 identical shows on every network!

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Mary

April 15th, 2011
12:07 am

IDIOTS!!!! You could not have possibly done research that had resulted in people wanting more food and talk shows. Oprah is leaving and has started her own network with the same stuff and you think you can compete. That is what the food network is for. I can’t believe there was no consideration to shorten the time the shows aired or making them exclusive to Soapnet. This is about the dumbest thing ABC has ever done and Disney should stick to making parks. I am IRATE!!!!

djmixer

April 15th, 2011
12:10 am

Dah who else is home to watch other than older people that have retired. Or just older people in general. Aren’t we the majority these days. I thought one person turned 60 every minute last year. Don’t you think most of those people are home watching. Executives are not known for their smarts they just get the big bucks. How about some more of that crappy reality stuff. Maybe you could put Jersey Shore in its place after all the people that watch that show aren’t working so they will have time to watch in the middle of the afternoon.

djmixer

April 15th, 2011
12:14 am

OOOOOh I have a good idea. If I were Oprah I would pick up both of those shows for my new network. Oprah not a bad idea for afternoon. I will definitly be looking forward to your new station. Especially if you pick up both of those shows it would be awesome. Oprah I hope you are listening….just a thought.

Amy

April 15th, 2011
12:18 am

GREATEST MISTAKE OF YOUR LIFE.
You are killing the tradition.

BikAA

April 15th, 2011
12:24 am

NO! I work AROUND the soaps! I WATCH them! I count on them! what I don’t do, is watch the other stupid programs, like Rachel Ray. If I want to educate myself about health I google it and study what the CDC says, or some other REPUTABLE website. For entertainment I watch SOAPS! UNBELIEVABLE!

april

April 15th, 2011
12:24 am

Mary and djmixer…couldn’t have said it better myself! I love AMC, tho I must admit I don’t watch all the time but I still tune in a couple times a week. Food and Lifestyle shows?…I’m 27 with two kids and I cannot take anymore of those shows!!! I’d rather watch Nickelodeon all day than the garbage on any other channel during the day!! As Michele said, I watch reruns of old shows cuz new ones aren’t good! One more thing…STOP copying off of other people!!!! Come up with your own ideas!!!

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BikAA

April 15th, 2011
12:28 am

I have already written how I feel, but I’ll say it again1 ABC will PAY for this! I already only watch the soaps, because their programming is so poor. I schedule mt life so I CAN WATCH ABC SOAPS! What a stupid mistake! Can we fire the idiot who made that stupid mistake?

amcluvr

April 15th, 2011
12:39 am

I cant believe it. What a HUGE mistake.!!!!!!!!What can we do to change their minds. This sucks. I hate all these other shows. I always schedule doctors appts. around my shows. UGHHHH!!!!!!!

Doreen C.

April 15th, 2011
3:00 am

Please keep these shows!!! Esp All My Children. They can pick you up, make you mad and make you laugh and make you think about other people’s lives. No one will tape talk shows or diet shows and watch them later – people will not join a fan club for the boring nonsense that is being proposed to replace the soaps. Don’t further dumb down our populace…. KEEP THESE SOAPS on the AIR!!!!!!!! Older people tend to watch more TV and have more money and more time to shop…. what’s wrong with that!

cherryjuice73

April 15th, 2011
3:28 am

If they ever cancel General Hospital i will literally die!! Leaving it alone was a VERY SMART MOVE!!!

Googie

April 15th, 2011
4:29 am

I will no longer watch ABC daytime.

cindi

April 15th, 2011
5:47 am

You will regret this decision. When the other shows fail and you realize your mistake, you won’t be able to fix it. Then maybe the world will cancel ABC. I for one will never watch abc daytime again if these shows are gone. There are at least, did he say 2.5 million, more that think the same.i only watch abc night time shows about twice a week. They do not have any shows worth watching except the soaps. Who do they think they are anyway.

Amy

April 15th, 2011
7:17 am

I think ABC is stupid for cancelling the soaps. I watch One Life to Live everyday it is on. They don’t care about the viewers feelings. I hope those new shows they put on the air are a big flop. I just don’t understand what they are thinking. Think of the viewers and what they think.

MomsRule

April 15th, 2011
7:43 am

I’ve never watched daytime soaps so I don’t care that they were cancelled.

Obviously some people are upset about the cancellations (as indicated by the posts so far) and people are throwing out “they only care about the money!” — well of course, they only care about the money, it is a business. IF the shows were still profitable the network wouldn’t be cancelling them.

JJ

April 15th, 2011
8:02 am

Seriuosly? I cannot tell you the last time I watched a daytime soap opera. They are just beyond stupid, in my opinion. My neighbor is hooked on The Young & Restless, tapes it every day, and watches it first thing when she gets home from work……

Have a great weekend all……

Susie Smith

April 15th, 2011
8:25 am

I can not believe you are taking these shows off the air!! And how dare you say that the only people watch these shows are the World War II baby boom generation.Are you saying we don’t count? I know a lot of younger people like soaps too. Who wants to watch talk shows all day!!! I will not watch ABC daytime again if the shows a taken off. I have watched One Life To Live since it came on. Hope they come on another channel.!!!!!

cerise gallaher

April 15th, 2011
8:34 am

i have watch the abc soaps all my life, along with soap net. canceling these shows is a mistake,
cause as soon as the shows go off the air on abc .so do i i do not like life style show or cooking
show and the games shows suck. good–bye abc daytime.

Techmom

April 15th, 2011
8:36 am

Wow, I can’t believe how many people are upset. Then again, it’s none of the regular blog followers who are so at least that portion of my theory is still true. Daytime TV is awful. Quite frankly I can’t believe the stations even care- how many viewers are there in the middle of the day?

justmy2cents

April 15th, 2011
8:41 am

Umm, nope…couldn’t give an airborne rodent copulation if soaps were canceled. I didn’t realize people still watched that crap. As for some of the comments above…you DO realize it’s not real, right???? They are characters, not real people.

JJ

April 15th, 2011
8:49 am

When I’m home during the week days, my tv isn’t even on……I cannot stand daytime tv. I will record shows like Fraiser, Cheers, etc. but for the most part, I don’t know how anyone can watch that daytime dribble…..I’m glad I have a 9-5 job.

And, nighttime tv isn’t much better…..there’s only a handfull of shows I watch anymore…..I’m on the verge of cancelling cable/internet……

jarvis

April 15th, 2011
8:58 am

The TV execs might be fools, but the numbers don’t lie. If the genre is dying, it would be pretty irresponsible to their shareholders to continue to air the programming instead of finding something viewers find relevant.

Jeff

April 15th, 2011
9:00 am

The only soap I watch is wrestling.

jarvis

April 15th, 2011
9:02 am

“Who do they think they are anyway?”

Am I the only one that loves the irony in this comment?

Pam

April 15th, 2011
9:34 am

OMG, this cant be true. I have grown up watching these 2 shows. I could care less about general hosp. . I either schedule everything around these 2 shows or make sure to record them., Its really like a 2nd family. Please ABC think of new ways to make this work. More talk shows is the last thisng daytime tv needs, I mean seriously.

Menhyon

April 15th, 2011
9:40 am

Worst idea ever. If people are not watching during the day, you can bet they are being recorded for later viewing.

jackie dunn

April 15th, 2011
9:46 am

I HAVE WATCHED ALL MY CHILDREN FOR THE 41 YRS IT HAS BEEN ON.I ALSO WATCH ONE LIFE TO LIVE,GENERAL HOSPITAL . IF I’M NOT HOME DURING THE DAY I TAPE THEM. I DON’T WATCH ANY SOAPS ON CBS. I’M 72 YRS. OLD. I DO NOT PUT THE TV ON DURING THE DAY EXCEPT FOR MY SOAPS. I’M BROKEN HEARTED THAT ABC WOULD CANCEL THESE , IT ALWAYS LIKE GOING TO THE MOVIES FOR ME. I SURE HOPE ABC WILL GET A LOT OF FLACK FORM US FANS & THEY RECONSIDER THE HORRIBLE IDEA.!!!!! I WILL NOT WATCH ABC IN THE DAY TIME WHEN THEY TAKE AWAY THE SOAPS.!!!!!!! THIS IS THE 1ST TIME I HAVE EVER MADE A COMMENT, & I FEEL SO SAD IT HAD TO BE FOR THIS INSTEAD OF PRAISE. PLEASE AGAIN RECONSIDER.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stalee

April 15th, 2011
9:53 am

I am quite upset about ABC taking these 2 institutions off the air. Some of the best actors and directors have gotten their start on the soaps. We do not need any more reality or lifestyle shows. If you are taking them off the air, at least be creative with the replacements. I really hope they reconsider this move because I don’t think they are ready for all of the nighttime viewers they will lose by their actions.

Enemas for Easter

April 15th, 2011
9:56 am

You ladies should be cooking and cleaning, not watching TV.

Becky

April 15th, 2011
10:02 am

I haven’t watched soaps in years, so at this time it’s no big deal..But, I would much rather watch soaps than most of the “reality” shows that are on..I mean, do we really need a reality show for every thing that people do? I don’t watch a lot of TV anyway, I read while my husband has the TV on..But he pretty much only watches AMC and History..

Really?

April 15th, 2011
10:17 am

Pam – Wow you actually schedule your life around a soap opera? Your family must feel very special.

hahahahahahah

April 15th, 2011
10:18 am

ahhhh hahahahahahahahah. I can’t believe people are so infuriated about losing a television show. they are not traditions or institutions, they are make believe. maybe now you will have time to get up off the sofas and do something productive.

It's all about money...

April 15th, 2011
10:27 am

…and soaps really cost a LOT to produce, so having a talk show with one or two hosts is much more economical – IF they can get decdent sponsors and hosts whom people would like to watch…

Angela

April 15th, 2011
10:31 am

It makes me really sad. AMC can go… but OLTL is still a very good show with interesting characters and stories. I’ve watched it over 20 years and will miss it. I DVR it and watch it at night or catch up on the weekends.

Kate

April 15th, 2011
10:33 am

I haven’t voluntarily watched a soap opera since I was in the 6th grade. The last time I was forced to observe one was about 8 years ago while I sat in the waiting room of a car dealership while my car was being repaired. First of all, the jerks at the dealership had taken twice as long to fix my car as they said they would, and then, to add insult to injury, they had All My Children blaring on the TV in the waiting room. When I went to the guy working the front desk and begged to have the channel changed and he actually said “but I thought all you ladies loved soap operas!” It was literally all I could do not to slug him. He didn’t change the channel either. If what I saw that terrible day was any indication, I can only say it is a miracle that show managed to stay on the air as long as it did. Even my mom, who was an avid soap addict back in the day, realized years ago there’s way better trash on Lifetime during the day. That being said, I do feel kind of sorry for all those people who’ve been watching these shows for decades and are now being dumped by the networks like yesterday’s garbage. Lord knows why anyone would want to watch a soap but are a couple more talk shows really an improvement?

Kathy

April 15th, 2011
11:39 am

I’ll really miss AMC & OLTL. But the disturbing part of ABC’s announcement is a new cooking show called “The Chew”. Yuck!

WiseMocha

April 15th, 2011
12:18 pm

“they are not traditions or institutions, they are make believe.”

First of all, learn how to capitalize the first word of a sentence. Second of all, you are really showing your ignorance if you can say that ANYTHING that has lasted 4, 5, and 6 decades isn’t a tradition or an institution. Of the five soaps that are still on TV, all but one have been on the air since well before I was born (31 years old). No, I longer keep up with them as faithfully as I use to, but I did grow up on them, and will feel the same void that older generations will feel when these two shows are gone. Third of all, ALL genres of drama and theater encompass “make believe”, so that fact about the soap genre does not negate it’s place in television history. I guess I said all that to say, regardless of how you may feel, at least write a comment as if you have some type of sense.

motherjanegoose

April 15th, 2011
12:20 pm

I watched Dark Shadows, in the basement, as a kid. Knotts Landing in College and until it ran out.
Nothing else. Now, I could toss my TV and it would not matter. I need a computer and a good book.
I read 3 books last week. Started one yesterday on the plane to Montana and should finish it today or tomorrow. Do people really spend HOURS in a day watching TV? I guess so. To each his.her own.

TWG…hats off to you…you do have some new posters today.

JJ…take a peak at my response to the bank fees on gas …I may be missing something…maybe not.

Kathy…are you the same Kathy who has known me for years or someone else…I know there is more than one Kathy…just checking.

JJ

April 15th, 2011
12:50 pm

MJG – I watched Dark Shadows too!!!! Loved that Barnabus Collins…..

And I was an avid fan of Knots Landing, I never missed one single episode. When I was dating my ex, we would be out somewhere on a Thursday night, and I told him I have to be home at 10:00 to watch Knots.. so we would go back to my place, watch it, and then go back out…..fond memories. My Grandmother watched it too, and I would call her on Sundays and we would talk all about it…..

I also loved Dallas & Dynasty….

JJ

April 15th, 2011
12:50 pm

What about Falcon Crest? I watched that a little, but not for too long….

justmy2cents

April 15th, 2011
1:01 pm

@ MJG- I named one of my girls after a character on Dark Shadows. My mom used to watch it back in the day. I only heard of it when it made a brief reappearance back in the 80’s (I think it was).

jill

April 15th, 2011
1:18 pm

I AM TRULY DISAPPOINTED IN ABC! I live for the one oclock hour to come and get my mom time by watching these two great shows!!!! I love knowing that i can watch them and it makes my day seem like a piece of cake!!!! Cant you guys at abc see that this is going to ruin your ratings even more!!!!!!!!???????????? I hate reality tv! As a real mother of three i think us moms that dont get paid for staying home should be getting followed around and paid way more than the mothers on tv. they have nannies and dont do anything right! ABC YOU JUST LOST ANOTHER MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rodney Brown

April 15th, 2011
1:28 pm

This is so stupid….I am a quadipletic have been since I was 16 am now 44 I have been watching these shows all these years. I hate weekends because there are no soaps on.. The highlight of my days are getting up before noon and watching my soaps, as I can’t do much else.. What do you expect someone to do that really lives for these shows.. I have a sattalite but only watch ABC until General Hospital goes off. Please keep our soaps on…..

JJ

April 15th, 2011
1:32 pm

Um, Jill, you do get paid to stay home, actually, you get “Rewarded” to stay at home (and I’m not being nasty). You get to be with your kids, raise your kids, and not have to worry about getting back and forth to work, fighting traffic, taking time off with a sick child, or wondering if you will get a raise this year or not. I know stay at home moms work just as hard as us working moms (not opening THAT can of worms LOL). I am envious you get to stay home. I would have LOVED to stayed home with my daughter when she was growing up. But as a single parent, that was not an option for me. I love my job, but I would have loved the opportunity to stay home with her.

virginia Bailey

April 15th, 2011
2:09 pm

I have been watching these soaps for over 40 years. I will discontinues watching ABC for anything. I also will not be buying any products advertised on ABC.

cc03

April 15th, 2011
2:11 pm

I started watching soaps in elementary school! My grandmother listened to soaps like “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light” on the radio. She watched them on TV, too. They were both CBS soaps that have been canceled. My parents both watched the CBS soaps and I continued the tradition! I work during the day, but I do TiVo The Young and the Restless everyday. I don’t always have time to watch it every night, but I do watch a couple of episodes a week.

45 y/o SAHM

April 15th, 2011
3:06 pm

Hate to break it to you soap watchers, these shows are gone. I was a CBS watcher when I was a teenager, in college, and on-and-off quite a bit after that.

My 2 faves, GL & ATWT are now history. If they can cancel those 2, which were the longest running (ATWT started on on the radio I believe) – they will cancel yours too!

I remember this same uproar happened when GL & ATWT were cancelled. My mother was DEVASTED when her favorite NBC soap (name?) was canned a few years back – she just KNEW they would not do it but they did.

Sign of the times folks, and I agree it is kind of sad.

Ann Marie

April 15th, 2011
3:11 pm

I am shocked at the cancelation of ABC’s soaps All My Children and One Life to Live. I have been a fan of ABC soaps for 40 years. I as young mother, I would watch them faithfully (my children napped during AMC!) and when my children were grown and I got a job….I taped them as I still do! I watch my soaps over the new reality shows, which I feel are awful. There are many people who watch these shows, women AND men! Has ABC even considered these people? Soap Operas have been around forever! They started on radio and then went to television. ABC needs to take a step back and think about what they are doing. I would hate to have to turn to another network to watch a Soap Opera. I would rather continue to stay with ABC and the shows I have watched most of my life. If push comes to shove….Sopa Operas will win out and I will watch NBC or CBS to get my Soap Opera fix!

Jerri White

April 15th, 2011
4:04 pm

I was a “late bloomer” only watched AMC for 38 1/2 years but knew all the characters even before then. At 2:00 I could not find my secretary until I discovered the clerical staff split the lunch hour; the ones who watched AMC, came back and reported the day’s happenings.
I am very disappointed in ABC. The quality of your programming continues to go down the toilet. I gave up ABC news and GMA some time ago by choice; I hate being forced to make another choice. At least, it frees up recording time. I can do something else. But, I am not naive; profits drive the company not quality. Get rid of some of those stupid reality shows p I get enough reality every day I administer my free medical clinic.

Tammy Albright

April 15th, 2011
4:13 pm

why not just make it where we can only see both those show’s on the Soap net work? ABC think’s they’ll get better rating’s with a talk show or a food show? Please be real there’s enough of those already. Like the other’s I’m a faithful watcher of both thiose show’s for many year’s. You really should rethink this, I’ll boycott ABC for good and I watch ALOT of the ABC.

Mike Licht

April 15th, 2011
4:21 pm

ABC is trading soaps for food shows. Is General Hospital in Intensive Care?

See http://bit.ly/ftYc3G

Amy

April 15th, 2011
5:59 pm

No, don’t really care. Who other than shut-ins – who can’t afford the Internet or cable/satellite- still watches soap operas? I used to rush home everyday from school (pre-Internet age) to watch One Life to Live, which was one of the better soaps at one time, but quit when I realized they were basically rehashing the same plots and actors from other shows. Can’t believe I spent so much time wasted watching that stuff. I still waste time – love Facebook and the Internet – but unlike soaps, it’s an interactive experience and not quite so coma-inducing.

DB

April 15th, 2011
6:34 pm

Sad, but that’s the way the soap bubble bursts . . .

I was never into soap operas, although I was intrigued by the number of students when I was in college who would organize their entire schedule around their favorite soaps. You’d walk by the lounge any day between 12 and 3, and there’d be 10-20 girls with their eyes glued to the TV. You don’t really get that kind of cameraderie anymore, since everyone has their own TV in their rooms and rarely venture into the lounge. I was just never really interested. I loved “Dark Shadows” when I was in 4/5/6 grade, but by the time it went off the air, I had lost interest and moved on to other things.

Although, two of my favorite movies have to do with soap operas: “Tootsie” (the final scene with “Edward” reveals himself is a classic!) and Kevin Kline in “Soap”.

Nancy

April 15th, 2011
7:08 pm

Can’t believe it! Don’t we have enough talk shows and food shows (what is the food channel for, anyway?) There’s a huge following for the soaps!! Some of us have been watching AMC our entire adult lives. I think another network (maybe Oprah) should pick up AMC! It would be a smart move! Maybe a boycott for ABC, the idiot network, would help…

Just Sayin'

April 15th, 2011
7:48 pm

“Maybe a boycott for ABC, the idiot network, would help…”

Since boycotts didn’t bring down the state of Arizona or the big oil of BP, don’t count on your boycott of ABC to help in saving your soaps!

HB

April 15th, 2011
10:20 pm

It’s interesting to see people talk about the huge following that ABC will lose. If a huge number of people were watching, they wouldn’t cancel the shows. It’s not about the feelings of viewers or how many talk shows we need, it’s about the number people watching in real time (people who record to watch later rarely watch ads so that argument doesn’t help the cause), especially those in demographics that buy lots of stuff and are still developing brand loyalties (younger folks).

Jane A Polley

April 15th, 2011
11:51 pm

I have watched these soaps faithfully for 40 years. ABC is making a serious mistake,and will be the one who pays the price in ratings.

Amanda

April 16th, 2011
11:12 am

I am 28 and I have been watching these soaps since I was little. Very bad choice taking them off the air. Definantly dissappointed in abc.

catlady

April 16th, 2011
2:05 pm

If my grandmother were still alive (she would be 119 in May) this would have killed her. She loved to watch her “stories.”

NEVER got into them, although I would watch them when I visited with my grandmother on college breaks. I never realized I had missed anything in the several months in between viewing.

Having never been a stay at home person except in the summer, I have never had the time to watch TV much, certainly never during the day. Too many other things to do!

Kathy

April 16th, 2011
5:45 pm

I am beyond upset that ABC chose to cancel All My Children and One Life to Live. I would love to see the research that supposedly shows daytime viewers want a different type of show. I am also disappointed in the way this decision was handled. The way this was handled was a publicity nightmare. It is obvious this has been in the works for months. Since the announcement of Soapnet being cancelled, they have worked behind the scenes to get these shows in place so that when the announcement was made there would be no going back. I can’t believe that Disney/ABC would allow their actors and viewers to be treated with such disregard. If this goes as planned, I will no longer be a viewer of Disney or ABC Daytime programming.

Deb

April 16th, 2011
6:14 pm

Big mistake! They are a great escape and fun to watch an ongoing story. Extremely disappointed in ABC!!

Debbie

April 16th, 2011
6:54 pm

I have been a fan of AMC and One life to Live for 38 years. I love the drama and the characters. They are family. I will miss these 2 shows.I watched these shows thru high school, college and as a stay at home mom. I taped them when I couldn’t watch them during the day and have been enjoying them every day. I wish the people who did the research as to who watched the shows would have done more . Hopefully another network wil take them. I am sure these 2 soaps would make it then!

Carol

April 16th, 2011
7:30 pm

I think ABC is making a GREAT mistake. Another reality show? Really aren’t we realitied up the wazoo? I personally do not watch ANY reality show, get enough reality in my life. Soaps are a great escape and we love them,. Please re-consider this decision.

catlady

April 16th, 2011
8:13 pm

My gma watched “Days of our Lives” and “The Guiding Light”. Are those still on?

Maggie

April 16th, 2011
9:05 pm

I can’t believe the person or persons that made this dumb decision. I have been watching the 3 abc soaps since my 1st daughter was born. 40 years ago. Not continuously as some of those years I worked. However, on and off all those years. The last thing we need is another food show or reality show. I hope someone rethinks this poor choice.

Audrie Sumner

April 16th, 2011
10:37 pm

I feel like a dearly loved friend has died. I can’t believe with obesity epidemic we need a nother Food show. ABC execs are idiots.!

LoriAnn

April 17th, 2011
1:41 am

I don’t know what ABC is thinking. True soap fans that enjoy watching soaps will probably switch to another soap, which means they will switch to another network. I hope this is what happens and they lose millions of people to other networks and they fire the idiots that had this brilliant idea!!! I can’t believe they think that the people that have been watching these soaps for years are just going to keep tuning in, and that they are going to lure more people to tune in to these time slots with the junk they are going to replace it with. What are they thinking? I hope this backfires in their faces and their ratings for these time slots plummet, because once they lose the soap fans to other soaps they will never get them back.

linda

April 17th, 2011
1:39 pm

I may be of the older generation, but I am already boycotting ABC and Disney. My 15 year old grandaughter and all her friends record AMC and OLT so they can watch it after school.. They will all stop warching Abc and Disney after this. Also the yearly trips to disney World are stopping. I hope you people pay dearly.

tanya smiith

April 17th, 2011
7:51 pm

I can’t believe they are doing this!I have watched theese show all my life,my mom watched it my daughter watches it I am really going to miss them.I am trulely devistated.

kiersten haviland

April 17th, 2011
7:59 pm

This is terrible i am so mad at abc and i will not watch anything that replaces them!!!i am soo sick my shows getting canceled!!!!

JoJeana

April 18th, 2011
3:48 pm

This is a VERY BIG MISTAKE that ABC can do!!! Ive watched these two soaps since I was little with my mother and grandmother. This just kills me, You know I use to get mad fun of from my boyfriend about watching them, and Now I have him hooked on them too. We fix dinner together and then we sit and get all caught up on them while we eat. All I can say is this really does suck for everyone that has gave there time during the days and years to watch these shows. What about all the older people that live in homes and things that look forward into watching them. They usually dont have much to do at times btu they watch these shows too. I know they do I work in a Nursing home!!! All I got to say is you suck for doing this to the people that look forward to these shows. Im very upset!!!

Jan

April 18th, 2011
4:35 pm

When I was a child, I would go stay with my Grandmother, she was an ABC soap fan, this was back in the day when Lucille and Jessie were on General Hospital. Now fast forward, about 50 years later and I am still an ABC soaps fan. Even though I stay at home, I don’t watch TV during the day, I DVR my 3 ABC soaps and watch them at night, since I have trouble sleeping. So my soaps fill that void. I can’t stand The View, so for ABC to think this show is a sucess and want to pattern more shows after it to replace the soaps is a joke. I won’t watch or record these shows. I’m tired of talk shows & reality shows with exception of American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. I can find info on the internet if I need it. There is a need for soaps, particularly ABC soaps. I hope there is a source that will pick up these Soaps when they are cancelled, at least give it a try and see how many viewers they will get who are soap fans. Keep the soaps alive…

tracey

April 19th, 2011
11:27 am

i’m not a soap opera fan. i used to watch nbc soaps with my granny when i was in high school, but that was a long time ago. i guess it is what it is. but, do we really need more reality shows?

Rachel

April 19th, 2011
3:26 pm

HUGE MISTAKE ABC!!!!! I only watch ABC for the SOAPS and yes I AM A WORKING MOM. I DVR THE SHOWS. Like other moms I watch the soaps when I get home. I also watch greys at night but seeing as you only have a new episode every three weeks or once a month how abpout cancelling it instead. YOU ARE REDICULOUS ABC

Pam

April 19th, 2011
3:30 pm

It’s so hard to beleive that ABC is canceling AMC and One Life to Live……. These people that are canceling the shows must be to young to know what they are doing… I wonder why the casts of both shows don’t just walk today. To heck with abc they don’t care about faithful viewers or the wonderful cast that put the shows on. If I was a client advertising on ABC I would cancel. Why can’t the Soap Channel step up and buy the shows? Anyway I’m very unhappy and when the shows are gone from ABC I will be too…………… Talk shows will never beable to replace..

Sandy

April 19th, 2011
6:02 pm

I am very, very upset about cancellation of these two soaps. I have watched them forever. It seems abc is catering to the younger population and not to those of us who still love these programs. We have enough reality shows, cooking shows, and lifestyle shows. I definitely will not be watching the show that replace these soaps. In fact, I will watch abc as little as possible. It’s bad enough Oprah is leaving. Now these soaps will be gone too……what next? We all know times are changing, but some thiings should be left alone. My heart goes out to all the wonderful actors in these shows. They give there heart and soul to the American public every day to keep us entertained, only to lose their livelyhood. How sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NJ

April 20th, 2011
8:59 am

Why aren’t other networks picking up the two soaps that will be cancelled in September, such as
Soapnet.com,Lifetime, OWN and many other network stations.
The soaps could be aired in the afternoon or evening.

Fay

April 20th, 2011
10:17 pm

I’ve been watching the ABC soaps for almost 36 years. Enough of the talk shows and reality shows. The soaps were a great way to pass the time while cooking in the kitchen. I think that soap lovers should vow not to watch the new upcoming day time TV. That will get to ABC’s pockets. That’s the only way to get ABC to listen.

sarah gillespie

April 21st, 2011
5:49 pm

Big mistake ABC you will be losing many viewers. I grew up watching these two soaps with my mom.
and now you want to take them away shame on you. just shame. it must be all about the money.