The LA Times has a piece by Megan James about ABC dropping AMC and OLTL. In it, they quote Brian Frons, our "friend" at the top of the Daytime feeding chain:
“You can’t cut costs enough to make up for those losses,” said Brian Frons, president of daytime programming for the Disney ABC Television Group. “There comes a point when you can no longer justify the expense. Soap operas are an expensive way to program a network and unless you have General Hospital- or Young and the Restless-sized ratings, it’s really not a business.”
Now, I'm going to "weigh in"
--GENERAL HOSPITAL Size Ratings? Uh..hello...OLTL beat GH last week.GH is routinely at 1.8-2.0... OLTL and AMC are fractions of a percent behind. So cut the bullshit. GH isn't in the 3.0s like Y&R is. Saying that these shows are going based solely on ratings compared to GH? What about the fact that OLTL is under budget ???
So tired of the Spin. GH has Guza, Benard, Burton, Geary and the mob-wanna be stories that someone somewhere seems to love. Do I want GH canned too? HELL no, my website is based on that show--but I also don't think it's fair to make it look like AMC and OLTL suddenly got all sheezious in the ratings, cause they didn't Blanche, They didn't.