Monday, March 21, 2011

Is ALL MY CHILDREN On The Chopping Block?

According to, ABC may be ready to replace a soap in the fall with ALL MY CHILDREN being the most vulnerable.

Now ABC seems ready to join CBS and NBC in cutting the number of its daytime dramas. ALL MY CHILDREN appears to be the most vulnerable for cancellation, and there is speculation that it may be replaced by a a talk show in the fall. ALL MY CHILDREN, which is in its 41st year on the air, recently posted two weeks of back-to-back all-time lows in the key Women 18-49 demographic, in which it is dead last among the 6 daytime dramas on the air, drawing paltry 463,000 for the week of March 7, down 34% vs. last year. For the same week, ALL MY CHILDREN was also last in total viewers, averaging 2.32 million. (ABC's ONE LIFE TO LIVE did only marginally better with 2.36 million.) One reason for ABC to keep its 3 daytime dramas on the air was the fact that they were getting a second window on sibling cable channel SOAPnet. But with SOAPnet changing its format to the preschool-centered Disney Junior next year, Disney-ABC is clearly scaling back on its commitment to soaps, and the daytime lineup on the broadcast network will probably be next.
What do you think about the current state of AMC?

1 comment:

  1. This is a shame. My thoughts are with the cast and crew of ABC.

    If this is about costs, why not replace the executive producer with OLTL's Frank Valenti, who has managed to keep OLTL under budget but with great storytelling, acting, and good production values?