Why ABC Needs to Get The Revolution Off The Air Before July


 




Is it any wonder all of ABC Daytime's lineup is suffering? The Mouse House's entire daypart, save for The View, is being dragged to the depths by a pair of "lifestyle series" former daytime executive Brian Frons developed to replace ABC's long-running soap stable.

The Revolution hit another series low for the week of April 9. The now cancelled talk show was only watched by 1.19 million viewers for the week! One Life to Live, the soap opera that was gutted to make room for this crap, was watched by 2.5 million in the same timeslot a year ago, according to TV Media Insights.

I dare any know-it-all, TV industry spin doctor—posing as a blog reader—to log in and make the case in the comments that it was still smart business for ABC to cancel OLTL. Any dote can see it would have made much more sense to cut OLTL's production budget—however drastically it would have needed to have been cut—and have aggressively figured out a backend via VOD, DVD sales, etc. in order to continue producing a much more successful soap opera in this slot.

 

 

 
The Chew also continued to slide, though not nearly at a rate as alarming as The Revolution's. The foodfest was only watched by 1.99 million total viewers the week in question. In the same timeslot one year ago, AMC was watched by 2.34 million viewers. The Chew, which like The Revolution, came on the heels of all this Fronsian dictated "research" about what today's women want from their TV experience, is off AMC's women 18-49 demos by 25 percent. Sorry Frons, you ain't no Mel Gibson and you never had a clue what women wanted. But then again, Mel Gibson ain't no Mel Gibson anymore, so I guess that was a bad example…

With General Hospital's ratings affected by its dismal lead-in, the only ratings positive on ABC Daytime for the week in question was The View, which was watched by 3.53 million viewers. ABC needs to get The Revolution off the air now. The rest of its lineup can't wait until July.

Why not put back-to-back re-runs of Modern Family in there? Call it Modern Family: Beginnings and air two eppys a day until Good Morning Miss American Bliss in The Afternoon premieres. If Little House on The Prairie re-runs could beat Martha Stewart on Hallmark, The Pritchett-Dunphy's can best Tim Gunn and friends, thus providing GH a decent lead-in.

Over at CBS, The Talk was watched by 2.16 million viewers, which improved on its numbers year-to-date by 17 percent.

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28 Responses

  1. Avatar of shilo0854
    shilo0854

    I also wondered why they are keeping this train wreck call the Revolution on screen. They had sure things in soaps. Advertisers need to deal with this!!

  2. Avatar of Dueler312
    Dueler312

    I’d say the best thing they can do, is get rid of OLTL and AMC’s replacements, put them soaps back on, and then leave them where they are, before they get even more bad criticism on what they are doing.

  3. Avatar of FrankiePitt
    FrankiePitt

    At this point, I think it would be in ABC’s best interests to explore the possibility of restoring AMC and OLTL to the schedule on a reduced scale – thirty-minute episodes with smaller casts – and slotting the rebooted shows into the 2 pm slot as duel miniseries. If the numbers are there, bite the bullet, cancel The Chew, and then all three soaps can run in the 1-to-3 spot on a permanent basis.

    Enough already with the middling chat shows.

  4. Avatar of noblesvillejames
    noblesvillejames

    what happens if this time next year roles around and general hospital does not have good ratings ?and they decide to axe it
    it,s bound to happen and now the storylines for gh arent really that good.

    all these soaps are in trouble,they can only last another few more years
    with repeating the same storyline and bringing back the same
    character every 7 months to try and spice ratings

    even that is getting old.the revolution did suck it bored me to tears
    they should have had a game show instead
    lets face it folks daytime is dead,they just dont know it yet

    i bet all soaps will be gone by 2015,all good things come to a end

  5. Avatar of MsAgentProvocateur1
    MsAgentProvocateur1

    These networks were so hasty to get rid of soaps, they neglected to realize that viewing patterns have changed over the last several years. Bad writing aside, the daytime drama is now being joined by the primetime dramas and reality shows in seeing ratings declines.

    When are these networks going to move into the Twenty-first century and realize that people don’t always watch shows on a TV? When are they going to develop some sensible way of tabulating online viewings and incorporate them into the ratings count? I know its possible because NBC did this for the online viewing of the Superbowl.

    Also DVR should have already been regarded as an acceptable viewing method (albeit one without the all important ad count) perhaps at a lower share than online where you have to sit through ads.

    The collective Broadcast Community needs to get with the times and contact some analytic professionals to solve this dilemma.

    I pretty much think that online, DVR, TV– very few people are watching the Revolution. The Chew, no comment for now on them.

  6. Avatar of goyankees
    goyankees

    Honestly, get as many AMC and OLTL actors that are willing and available and make ONE NEW SOAP, (we know the Mannings are in Port Chuck, Angie and Jessie are in Genoa City with Annie Lavery, etc) have said soap air in The Regurgitations time slot. … Heck, try to bring back some other actors from departed shows that we need (Lynn Herring, Victoria Wyndham, Colleen Zenk, Grant Alexander, Stuart Damon…David Canary (!!?) sigh )

    Title it: “Another Life to Live for My Children” :-)

    I bet ABC Daytime, if they do something like that, would regain lots of trust from viewers who really miss what they took away…

    Erika Slezak and Michael E. Knight NEED to return to Daytime.

    Just my thoughts.

  7. Avatar of
    Paul

    Why don’t you stop blaming the revolution .GM had terrible ratings before the show came on.it’s been around along time.people know when its on if they wanted to watch.Leave the people a the revolution ALONE. Let them finish when they are suppose too.how low are you the show is gone. Who ever wrote that statement is a low as a person can be. The people on the show are upset enough. Get a life and leave them alone. I’m not the only that feels that way.the show wasn’t good so they she be allowed to finish and go on.You are only going on like this so people will read your blog.guess what people are sick of you going on on. They didn’t kill anyone get a life!!!!!

  8. Avatar of pjc722
    pjc722

    I have a great idea, why doesn’t ABC just bring back both AMC and OLTL but as 30 minute shows. Seriously, half the cost I am sure… it has to be the reason why B&B never moved to an hour even with both GL and ATWT both canceled! The shows could be immensely popular and the stories tighter and perfectly written.

    Think about it. Do you think that Susan Lucci wouldn’t accept a return if she only had to work 2 days a week. The show could revolve around the Kane women and they’re adventures. On OLTL, Erika Slezak was the first actor to sign onto the online version of the show so I can’t see why she would say no. This show could revolve around the LORD family and their day to day lives. As stories end, new characters are introduced and old ones leave but the main characters: Erica, Kendall, Bianca (of course, Slater and Jack would be there) and Vicki, her 2 daughters and maybe one of her sons (of course, you would have Clint and Dorian) would always be the center of the shows.

    ABC could then do a licensing deal with a cable network … Soapnet is already theirs, but you could approach TNT, USA network, even OWN to run the same episodes the next day. DO a deal with one of the online networks that are popping up or an exclusive with iTunes or Netflix to stream the episodes after they air on broadcast TV.

    Seriously, the daytime executives and critics keep saying that the shows have to think outside the box, but if you look at what is successful on primetime tv then you will see shows that are no different than they were 10/20/30 years ago. Dallas is returning and only changed the focus of the show from JR to John Ross. The thinking OUTSIDE OF THE BOX is more for how we get the shows and not how they are told.

    Soaps viewers want to be taken away but not fooled. We miss the locales of the past where characters were stranded on desserted islands and they were real islands/beaches and not a studio set because we would WANT TO BE THERE. Houses and offices were lavish BECAUSE WE WANTED OUR LIVING ROOMS or OUR CUBICLES to look like what we see on TV. We wanted to dress like the characters, go to dinner like the characters, do good like the characters, evil things like the characters, we wanted to sleep around like the characters. What we don’t want is to sit in front of the tv or computer and see we’ve just wasted time.

    ABC, it’s never too late to go back and REinvent daytime tv to being DAYTIME TV.

  9. Avatar of pjc722
    pjc722

    Why doesn’t ABC just bring back both AMC and OLTL but as 30 minute shows. Seriously, half the cost I am sure… it has to be the reason why B&B never moved to an hour even with both GL and ATWT both canceled! The shows could be immensely popular and the stories tighter and perfectly written.

    Think about it. Do you think that Susan Lucci wouldn’t accept a return if she only had to work 2 days a week. The show could revolve around the Kane women and they’re adventures. On OLTL, Erika Slezak was the first actor to sign onto the online version of the show so I can’t see why she would say no. This show could revolve around the LORD family and their day to day lives. As stories end, new characters are introduced and old ones leave but the main characters: Erica, Kendall, Bianca (of course, Slater and Jack would be there) and Vicki, her 2 daughters and maybe one of her sons (of course, you would have Clint and Dorian) would always be the center of the shows.

    ABC could then do a licensing deal with a cable network … Soapnet is already theirs, but you could approach TNT, USA network, even OWN to run the same episodes the next day. DO a deal with one of the online networks that are popping up or an exclusive with iTunes or Netflix to stream the episodes after they air on broadcast TV.

    Seriously, the daytime executives and critics keep saying that the shows have to think outside the box, but if you look at what is successful on primetime tv then you will see shows that are no different than they were 10/20/30 years ago. Dallas is returning and only changed the focus of the show from JR to John Ross. The thinking OUTSIDE OF THE BOX is more for how we get the shows and not how they are told.

    Soaps viewers want to be taken away but not fooled. We miss the locales of the past where characters were stranded on desserted islands and they were real islands/beaches and not a studio set because we would WANT TO BE THERE. Houses and offices were lavish BECAUSE WE WANTED OUR LIVING ROOMS or OUR CUBICLES to look like what we see on TV. We wanted to dress like the characters, go to dinner like the characters, do good like the characters, evil things like the characters, we wanted to sleep around like the characters. What we don’t want is to sit in front of the tv or computer and see we’ve just wasted time.

    ABC, it’s never too late to go back and REinvent daytime tv to being DAYTIME TV.

  10. Avatar of Susan Hunter
    Susan Hunter

    I have never seen one second of The Revolution so I don’t know anything about that show. However, General Hospital has been on the air for almost 50 years and most people know where and when to find General Hospital. This idea that The Revolution is tanking GH’s ratings, is suspect. Are Y&R’s ratings down because the local news lead-in is tanking in ratings? What lead-in is responsible for Days ratings woes these days?

    I’m not saying that a show’s lead-in isn’t important, but I don’t think the lead-in is the only reason GH isn’t doing well. I’ve seen a lot of soaps cancelled, some way too soon. I think it’s best to focus on the remaining four and let the dead ones go.

  11. Avatar of appleridge
    appleridge

    ABC needs to move GH to the revolution’s time slot now and drop that show or move it to 3pm til GMA on July 9 than Katie in Sept. GH cant wait til Sept to get that 2pm slot

  12. Avatar of giogio
    giogio

    Hey Paul – Who are you and whats your problem? Did we not see in this last year tons of people lose their jobs? We here, at Daytime Confidential, are very sensitive when it comes to peoples jobs. You took your big mouth way too far!

  13. Avatar of ckg927
    ckg927

    [quote=Paul]To jamey , people lost jobs,how sick are you. I hope you loose your job. And someone treats you this way.[/quote]

    Paul: Where was this high and mighty concern of yours when AMC and OLTL’s actors and backstage personnel suffered the same fate? Giogio may have beaten me to the same comments, but I absolutely back them.

    In the words of The Rock: “Take your fake sympathy, polish that up nice and good with those crocodile tears you’re shedding…turn that sumbitch sideways…AND STICK IT STRAIGHT UP YOUR CANDY ASS!”

  14. Avatar of giogio
    giogio

    CKG 927 -I back that too. Distasteful person that Paul is!!! What the **** is that all about. Thats all I want to know. Maybe you need to identify your real self Paul.

  15. Avatar of appleridge
    appleridge

    Paul
    More likely than not ABC has to pay the hosts and Crew regardless if they yank the show now or on July 6th so why should ABC continue to produce and air a show struggling to get a million viewers a week?

    Its bleeding money for ABC/Disney

  16. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    @Paul – I hope you get paid by ABC for your comments. But then again, they are so non-essential I had a great laugh.

    ABC needs to cancel this crap fest ASAP. Put on classic episodes of “General Hospital” or show reruns of some ABC-owned primetime sudser. Anything should do better than “The Revolution”.

  17. Avatar of EX_ABC_VIEWER
    EX_ABC_VIEWER

    ABC had two Excellent shows with pretty good ratings and a cult like following. A veritable gold mine. They threw it away for an experiment and the experiment failed.

    ABC, Restore AMC and OLTL to their ORIGINAL time and length. Learn how to produce a profitable show. Cut costs and use your resources. Fire your old people that don’t understand technology and get some folks who have a clue. If they are not streaming, they are not with it !!!

    Use your existing studio’s, move to hoboken, do what it takes to produce a great show like OLTL was. The show was super hot with great story lines you threw it away. Well since you held on to the rights of the show, put them back to use and bring back the shows and ge-gain your audience.

    We are still boycotting you !!!! KATIE WILL FAIL !!!

  18. Avatar of Mets82
    Mets82

    I can by the fact that people work now and have DVRs etc. which is why the ratings were/are down. The thing is that One Life to Live and All My Children were on for 40+ years and had a very loyal audience. Thats the problem people have. If One Life to Live and AMC were drawing The Revolution type numbers for 40 yrs. then you know what they dont have an audience so cancel it. But there were fans of both those soaps for yrs. on end.

    As far as losing jobs, what about the people who lost there jobs at AMC and OLTL? Im not talking just actors and actresses. What about the lighting people, the grips, the writers etc.? Same goes for As The World Turns and Guiding Light. Where are those people going to go?

    Ckg927, anybody who quotes The Rock is ok in my book.

  19. Avatar of radrobd
    radrobd

    While I’m sure “The Revolution” may play a small part in GH’s ratings woes, I don’t believe it can blame all of its problems on The Rev. GH’s ratings were tanking last year when “One Life to Live” was its lead-in. I’m sure by now, most GH viewers now what time the show comes on and dont’ rely on the lead in to watch it.

  20. Avatar of ckg927
    ckg927

    [quote=Mets82]Ckg927, anybody who quotes The Rock is ok in my book.[/quote]

    Cool. I’m thinking of using CM Punk as the next person I want to use in order to get my point across. Please reference his comments about microphones and just translate it to message boards.

    Back to regular soaps instead of pro wrestling…

  21. Avatar of Mets82
    Mets82

    You know what? Maybe we need somebody like a CM Punk from the soap world just to let loose on daytime soap operas. It just seems like nothing seems to be working. For every one thing good that soap operas get about 5 bad things happen.

  22. Avatar of Edna Barefoot
    Edna Barefoot

    For the person who said quit blaming the revolution. Well we don’t blame them we blame ABC/D. We are boycotting ABC. Sorry for the host. ABC could have left OLTL & AMC alone & put the revolution somewhere else. Maybe then we would have watched. The hosts need to blame ABC. And we are not watching anything on ABC/D til OLTL & AMC are on somewhere. The chew is starting to feel the boycott too. I like Katie but she is coming on board the enemy so I can’t watch. Thanks for the articles they do help alot.

  23. Avatar of tima162
    tima162

    Your joking right? Many more people lost their jobs with the loss of AMC and OLTL compared to the amount of people who are losing their jobs with this move. ABC didn’t even have the guts to tell the cast and crew to their faces. Unlike The Revolution people the soap people DID NOT see this coming. The Revolution sucked and deserved to be cancelled before it even got on the air. The only reason AMC wasn’t that good was because of the writing, but as soon as they got a better writer the ratings went up. So you tell me what is the excuses the Revolution is using because it failed so bad?

  24. Avatar of tima162
    tima162

    @Paul Actually One Life to Live (the show that was replaced by The Revolution) Had high rating when it was axed. If you look at the daytime line up The Revolution and The Chew are KILLING it. Any higher up in their right mind would want these shows gotten rid of ASAP. The ABC affiates wanted this move as well, so what is that telling you? It’s telling me that even the stations that are suppose to back these shows have no faith in them. And yes The Chew and The Revolution are killing things. If the affilates can’t get high ratings then that means many people ARE NOT watching their shows which also means their commercials are not being watched. Now the affilates can hardly sell ad slots meaning they have to lay off people as well because of the suckish shows ABC is giving them. This wasn’t a problem when AMC and OLTL were on the air ABC created with these bad shows.

  25. Avatar of RougeRabbit
    RougeRabbit

    It looks like everyone has the same opinion that I was going to post. ABC -Admit you made a mistake and fix what wasn’t broken! :) ASAP or continue to suffer the consequences of your actions. Sorry Katie Couric, but I won’t be watching you either!!!

    I miss my shows!!! I want them back!!! I refuse to watch ABC daytime (as is) EVER!!!! I do not watch the View so I do not care what goes on there. I watched GH since I was 15, yet I can’t even do that anymore because I think that their fears are showing and the story line is predictable & stale. Can’t blame them though :((

    Telling people who have been faithful viewers (as well as those who made you Big $$ for years & yrs…) they do not matter because the times they are a trendy changing is/was bunk & as Dr. Phil would say “How is that working for ya?!” Not so good huh :p

    I’d like to know how AMC & OLTL cast etc. are doing – as much as this has bothered us (the viewing public) it was their jobs and in this Washington/BigBusiness inflicted avaricous economy I can only imaging – YOU GUYS ARE ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS & PRAYERS!! MISS YA & LOVE YA ALWAYS!!! :love: Thanks for what appears to be Memories.

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