Faced with losing its timeslot this September, could ABC’s ‘General Hospital’ find life as primetime series? TV Guide reports it could be a possibility.
TV Guide’s Stephen Battaglio reports a possible scenario in which ABC’s only remaining soap opera could be saved post-Katie Couric.
According to the Battaglio, one idea is to have GH continue “as a short-run prime-time summer series, similar to Spanish-language networks’ telenovelas.” He goes on to say a primetime version of GH would be inexpensive compared to other primetime series.
If true, this makes an interesting scenario for GH. Personally I’d prefer a cable-style approach ala ABC Family — a season of 26 episodes, split into two “mini” seasons. The switch from daily to weekly might be an adjustment at first, but overall could be what is needed to revamp a fledgling genre.
Interesting note: A primetime version of GH, if it were to retain (and hopefully build) its daytime audience, would perform on-par with some of The CW’s highest rated programming. If last week’s ratings were any indication, General Hospital would be the second-highest rated show on the network.The January 12 airing of The Vampire Diaries drew 2.86 million total viewers (1.2 demo n W18-49) vs. General Hospital’s 2.29 total million viewers (.9 demo W18-49) for the week of January 2-6.
Would you watch a primetime version of GH?