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How will Passions cancellation affect the ratings of other soaps?


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In some markets where Passions airs opposite OLTL and ATWT, it is possible one of those shows will gain a few Passions fans. But more than likely those fans will just find something new to watch or nothing at all.

Also, in some cities, Days is taking Passions slot so Days may benefit or suffer as a result.

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I don't think it will give a ratings boost. When AW was cancelled and Jake/Vicky/Cass/Lila moved to ATWT, Some thought that AW viewers would follow these characters to oakdale and spark a ratings rise. This did not happen. Cass and Lila were written off. Vicky was soon killed off and 2 years later Jake was killed off. The only person from AW who is still there is Christopher Goutman.

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In some markets where Passions airs opposite OLTL and ATWT, it is possible one of those shows will gain a few Passions fans. But more than likely those fans will just find something new to watch or nothing at all.

Also, in some cities, Days is taking Passions slot so Days may benefit or suffer as a result.

If Days does take passions timeslot, this may also hurt OLTL or ATWT if people who already watch one of these shows chooses to watch Days instead of OLTL or ATWT. The opposite may be true a DAYS viewer who also watches ethier OLTL or ATWT may choose to watch the other show instead of Days.

For Days orginal timeslot which competes against AMC/B&B and I believe Y&R in most markets. If no soap is on during that time on NBC it may help these three shows in the ratings.

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I would think that the soap that would benefit the most would be Days. Since it's on the same network. However I think most of the veiwers that watch Passions already watch Days since Day's is Passions lead in.

I think ATWT and OLTL may get a small rise but ultimately nothing significant.

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The just cancellation of PSN won't affect any drama in a significant way solely b/c PSN brought nothing to the table, it wasn't an added bonus or an asset TV. It was & continues to be a liability. Daytime, now more than ever, needs solid credibility, and PSN was a major hinderance to attaining that. Once people found out about PSN, many of them assumed that all or most daytime dramas were just like it (simply not wroth watching for far too many reasons), when it fact, the vast majority of the remaining serials were/are 15-35x better than PSN ever was. Daytime really doesn't need the Girls 12-17 demo audience, they're the ones who stuck by DOOL when JER & K. Corday were destroying it this decade & they helped allow PSN last far too long.

Now, the cancellation of GL will have a minor effect on The Price Is Right 1, while the cancellation of AMC will be a positive, major one for Y&R. Ex-AMC fans/viewers are far more likely to become a Y&R fan/viewer than they are with DOOL. Y&R was the only drama in 06 not to reach record lows in viewers b/c it's numbers increased over 05. It's highest rated ep was about 8 million viewers (Those watching live, recording, SOAPnet, tuning in outside of the home etc). DOOL continues to have a hard-on for the 12-34 demo, the same demo that AMC hasn't been popular with for more than a decade.

If PGP decides to cancel both GL & ATWT this year (their contracts are up for renewal & their situations are dire), expect a healthy bump in the ratings for the improved OLTL & the always entertaining GH, and rightly so. Who ever thought I'd be saying this: Long live OLTL! :D

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