Longtime running ABC daytime soap opera All My Children is the next soap opera to be on the chopping block as soap operas continue to be canceled in recent years in place of cheap game shows and talk shows. For example, CBS canceled the soaps Guiding Light and As the World Turns in place of the latest version of Let’s Make a Deal and the network’s version of The View, The Talk.
NBC also recently canceled Passions a few years ago. ABC has been one of the only networks not to follow the tracks of its competitors, but All My Children is now apparently on track to be the next soap opera to be let go due to its declining ratings. The past two weeks of ratings for the soap opera have not been kind as it has generated its lowest rating in its history in the coveted women’s 18-49 demographic, which ABC depends on to generate ad revenue. Not only that, but it is currently the lowest rated soap opera of the six currently on the air.
The show has been on the air for 41 years now and stars Erica Kane, played by Susan Lucci, who has been on the series since its inception. Kelly Rippa, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Melissa Leo, Christian Slater and Josh Duhamel have also been part of the long-running series over the years.