In my opinion it would be foolish for ABC to eliminate General Hospital from its daytime line up. Since the dynamic duo Cartini has taken over, TV by the Numbers listed GH is the No. 1 daytime serial for the fourth straight week in a row and has garnered higher ratings than Katie Couric's talk show, which has the coveted 3:00 p.m. time slot. Katie has enjoyed her ratings in large part due to GH's lead-in, and it would be in Katie's best interest to ensure it stays. ABC is also #1 in daytime programming for the 13th week in a row, so why would they want to change their line up now?
Ultimately I think soap fans should take the news of Prospect Park's possible venture with a grain of salt. I am cautiously optimistic, but would encourage fans to continue supporting the remaining four network daytime serials- General Hospital (ABC), Days of Our Lives (NBC), Young and The Restless (CBS) and The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS). Focus on how fun it is to watch our soaps again and just enjoy what we have now versus what may or may not come.
Continue to support the entire genre as a whole by making sure your viewership counts! Please DVR each episode or watch online at ABC, CBS or NBC. Also be sure to check in on GetGlue when watching your favorite shows as they track viewership added to the Nielsen Ratings.
Through all the ups and downs this past year, one thing remains true- soap fans really are the most loyal audience and the fact OLTL/AMC could be resurrected is sole due to fan passion for the soaps!