ABC Daytime is a programming block on the ABC Network which has historically encompassed soap operas,ABC Network talk shows the veiw



Pat Fili-Krushel served as president of ABC Daytime from 1993 to 2000, when she resigned to join an internet company.[1][2][3] During her tenure, the network published the 1995 New York Times bestseller General Hospital tie-in novel Robin's Diary[4] and debuted the General Hospital spin-off Port Charles (1997-2003).

Angela Shapiro (the co-founder of Soap Opera Digest who had been ABC's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Promotion since 1995[5]) assumed the position of President in 2000.[6] Called "a champion of the soap fans," Shapiro is credited with adapting the prime time series practice of "refreshers" and "previews" — recapping the previous episode immediately before showing the current one and previewing the next episode at the end — and applying the concept to daytime serials.[5] The idea is still in use today, and other networks have adopted it.[5] Shapiro also utilized the established interconnection of ABC's three soap operas (General Hospital, One Life to Live, and All My Children) in a bolder synergy concept designed to "entice viewers to tune into soap operas that they might not have usually watched."[5] Over the course of six months in 2000, Daytime Emmy Award-winner Linda Dano's character Rae Cummings crossed over among all four series.[5][7] Shapiro also created ABC Super Soap Weekend, a fan event held at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida from 1996 (the year Disney bought ABC) to 2008.[5] She left ABC Daytime in 2002 to head the ABC Family network,[5] and Brian Frons was named as her replacement in August 2002.[8] In May 2006 Frons was promoted to President of Daytime for the newly-created Disney-ABC Television Group, an entity overseeing all ABC and Disney networks and SOAPnet.[8]


ABC Daytime schedule (September 2012 - Present; NOTE: All times Eastern; affiliate schedules differ)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM The View
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM The Chew
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM General Hospital
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM The Katie Couric Show

Criticism and controversyEdit

  • When Megan McTavish returned as Head Writer of All My Children in July 2003, she faced criticism for a story that depicted the rape of a lesbian character, Bianca Montgomery.[9] The show also faced opposition to its recent story of a transgender character in 2006.
  • ABC Daytime scrapped a storyline on One Life to Live which was to depict a school shooting rampage the day the Virginia Tech massacre occurred on April 17, 2007.[10]
  • The Writers Guild of America East filed arbitration suits against ABC Daytime, claiming that they violated the strike-termination agreement by retaining replacement writers (those who choose Financial Core Status) who filled in during the strike on All My Children instead of bringing back the writers who had been on strike.

“The strike-termination agreement does not allow the retention of replacement writers in lieu of allowing striking writers to return to their jobs. [ABC Daytime] are clearly violating this agreement,” said Ira Cure, senior counsel for the WGA East, in a statement. “They have left us no other option but to file arbitrations to ensure that our members will be afforded their rights outlined under this agreement.” Broadcasting & Cable: Arbitration Suit Against ABC-D

In August of 2009, Frons announced that the production of All My Children would move from New York City to Los Angeles by the end of the year.[11][12]

The ViewEdit

All My ChildrenEdit

One Life to LiveEdit

General HospitalEdit

Past shows on ABC DaytimeEdit

Soap operasEdit

Game showsEdit

ABC was the first of the Big Three television networks to abandon the daytime game show, cancelling its last show, Double Talk in December 1986. It briefly returned to the format in summer 1987 with Bargain Hunters and again during the 1990-91 season with a revival of Match Game but since then has not returned. All daytime game shows (currently, only one, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?) are now handled by ABC's syndication wing, Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

Ratings historyEdit

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For the 2007-2008 season, ABC was first place in Women 18-49 (1.3 rating/883,000 viewers) [Source: NTI, Live + Same Day, 2007/08 Season: 9/24/07-9/21/08]

Latest ratingsEdit

Week of December 1-5, 2008: (Last Week/Last Year)

  • 1. Y&R 5,016,000 (-93,000/-630,000)
  • 2. B&B 3,597,000 (-225,000/-451,000)
  • 3. GH 2,853,000 (-100,000/-115,000)
  • 4. DOOL 2,736,000 (+5,000/+120,000)
  • 5. ATWT 2,694,000 (-121,000/-434,000)
  • 6. OLTL 2,618,000 (-142,000/-43,000)
  • 7. AMC 2,541,000 (-217,000/-49,000)
  • 8. GL 2,011,000 (-181,000/-569,000)

List of ABC Daytime slogansEdit

  • 1960s-1980s: Love in the Afternoon
  • 1987: I'll take the Romance
  • 1994: Here on ABC Daytime
  • 1997: Watch what Happens on ABC Daytime
  • 1999: Your Great Escape
  • 2007-Present: Weekdays on ABC and Weeknights on Soapnet


  1. Rice, Lynette (December 17, 1999). "Alpha Female". Entertainment Weekly.,,272086,00.html. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  2. Rice, Lynette (December 10, 1999). "On The Air: Can Soaps Float?". Entertainment Weekly.,,272046,00.html. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  3. Rice, Lynette (April 14, 2000). "On The Air: Female Troubles". Entertainment Weekly.,,275910,00.html. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  4. Labine, Claire; Judith Pinsker (November 1995). Robin's Diary. ABC Daytime. pp. 180. ISBN 080198775X. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Kroll, Dan J. (April 1, 2002). "Angela Shapiro to Leave ABC Daytime Post". Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  6. Rice, Lynette; Dan Snierson (March 17, 2000). "On The Air: Fast Acting". Entertainment Weekly.,,275719,00.html. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  7. Kroll, Dan J. (December 29, 2003). "OLTL News: Dano's Run as ABC's Rae About to End". Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Lisotta, Christopher (May 10, 2006). "Frons to Lead Daytime for Disney-ABC TV Group". (Internet Archive). Retrieved January 1, 2007. 
  9. The Advocate: The Rape of Bianca Montgomery
  10. ABC News: Daytime Drama Pulls Episodes Involving High School Hostage Situation
  11. "[http: Rumor no more: All My Children relocating to Los Angeles]". August 4, 2009. http: Retrieved August 4, 2009. 

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