‘The Revolution’s’ lackluster ratings is a cause of concern for Katie Couric, who may be looking to ‘General Hospital’ as the preferred lead in for her new talk show debuting this September.
Last year soap fans revolted when ABC announced it was giving General Hospital’s timeslot to former Today Show and CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric, to make room for the network’s new gabfest, Katie debuting this fall. With no timeslot and ABC’s apparent desire to get out of the soap business, death was a surely knocking at GH’s door. But in a surprising twist rivaling the classic boardroom storylines of The Young and the Restless, Katie Couric could turn out to be the one to give GH a reprieve.
The Revolution, ABC’s awful and unfortunate replacement for One Life to Live, has performed horribly in the ratings since its January 16th premiere. Faced with the possibility of having a flop show serve as a lead in for her expensive new project, TV Guide’s Michael Logan writes that Couric and former NBC Entertainment president Jeff Zucker (Couric’s executive producer) have expressed a desire for GH to be Katie’s lead in.
Sources close to Couric and her exec producer Jeff Zucker tell TV Guide Magazine that the duo has expressed concern about the disappointing ratings of ABC’s The Revolution which, if GH gets the ax, would be the lead-in to Katie when the talker debuts this fall. Couric and Zucker want to see GH get that slot because it’s a stronger show, Nielsen-wise, plus Couric does not want to face the wrath of GH fans and risk the chance they’ll organize a boycott.!
It’s not all clear sailing, as ABC Daytime is still headstrong on creating anything that will rid the network of its soaps for good. For more on this story, click here.