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Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 04/11/2012

ABC cancels ‘The Revolution,’ hangs on to ‘General Hospital’


ABC's "The Revolution" team worked with the devoted group of nurses from Cooper University Hospital. (Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC - ABC)

“The Revolution” will no longer be televised.

ABC has decided to kill its new daytime talk show “The Revolution” and hang on to its long-running soap “General Hospital,” because “GH” has a larger following, network sources confirm.

“Revolution,” the hodge-podge show that debuted in mid-January, and which showed one chick’s five month weight-loss transformation each week while various lifestyle “experts” discussed this and that, will be squelched in early July. It airs in the 2 p.m. timeslot — a very important hour for ABC, because on Sept. 10 it will become the lead-in hour for Katie Couric’s new syndicated talk show, which is produced by Disney — which owns ABC.

And, thanks to “The Revolution,” viewers have fled the 2 p.m. hour on ABC.

So, From July 9 through Sept. 7, ABC will attempt to bring viewers back to its 2 p.m. hour with something they’re calling “GMA in the Afternoon” – that’s right, the same on-air gang you know and love on “Good Morning America” for an additional hour a day, only they’ll be live to tape (it’ll be taped right after “GMA” which is live from 7-9 a.m. weekdays), unless there’s some major breaking news, in which case they’ll go live, ABC News sources confirmed.

While bad news for “The Revolution” this is great publicity for “GMA” which has closed up the ratings gap in the morning infotainment show war with NBC’s “Today” show to as few as 119,000 viewers in one recent week.

Now, about “General Hospital”: it’s been averaging about twice the crowd of “The Revolution” — 2 million-ish, versus 1 million-ish according to most recent Nielsen numbers available. More embarrassing for ABC, “The Revolution’s” numbers are only about half of those that were being clocked by “One Life to Live” — the soap ABC scrubbed to make room for the failed “Revolution.”

It’s unclear whether, following the “GMA in the Afternoon” gag, “General Hospital” or that other new-ish talk show, “The Chew” — the one that replaced the bumped off soap “All My Children” — would get the “Katie” lead-in hour.

We’re guessing “GH” fans couldn’t care less. Couldn’t reach a one — they were out dancing in the streets with the news that “GH” would get to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

By  |  06:30 PM ET, 04/11/2012

 
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