ABC made it official Tuesday: “General Hospital” has landed the plum 2 p.m. timeslot walking up to Katie Couric’s new daytime talker, starting Sept. 10, which is also the day Katie’s new show is unveiled.
Back in April, ABC announced it would cancel its new 2 p.m. talk show “The Revolution” in July, and not pull the plug on long-running soap “General Hospital” after all, because “The R’s” ratings were too lame to be Katie’s lead-in come Sept. 10 — the day her syndicated show produced by ABC-parent Disney, premiered.
From July 9 through Sept. 7, ABC said in April, a program called “GMA in the Afternoon” would warm up the 2 p.m. timeslot. But it was unclear back then whether “General Hospital,” which was averaging about twice as many viewers as “The Revolution,” or another new-ish ABC talk show, “The Chew” would take over the 2 p.m. timeslot in September.
Now we know, it’s “General Hospital” — the most honored show of the recent 2012 Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards.