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  • ABC's cancellation of Ryan's Hope

    https://www.upi.com/Archives/1988/10...7728593755200/

    I found that article link above announcing ABC's cancellation of Ryan's Hope in October 1988 stating lack of affiliates carrying the show was the main reason. I don't know why ABC kept the show at Noon ET when they knew stations aired local news at that time and did before 1984 when ABC put the show there...RH might have lasted longer if they'd never put Loving at 12:30...

    Their own affiliate WPVI 6 in Philadelphia aired RH at 11:30am before local news at 12...Maybe more stations would have carried it at 11:00 or 11:30 ET but it was also difficult getting ABC stations to clear that hour as well and many didn't until The View debuted in 1997.

  • #2
    Wow, that was 30 years ago!

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    • #3
      That wasn’t much of a warning! I remember the last episode. Although the ratings were never the best any of the soaps would happily have them now.

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      • #4
        I know. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long ago.

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        • #5
          I had stopped watching it during the last few years. I think it aired at 11:30 in my area (central Illinois). I don't remember why I stopped watching.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jward1108 View Post
            I had stopped watching it during the last few years. I think it aired at 11:30 in my area (central Illinois). I don't remember why I stopped watching.
            Was your station WAND 17? That was listed in our TV Guide and they stopped showing Ryan's Hope if I recall in the mid 80s and just had Loving. Most all ABC stations carried Ryan's Hope when it was at 12:30/11:30 CT and then ABC gave Loving that slot so they carried it but then shifted Ryan's Hope elsewhere or didn't show it at all. I don't know why ABC just didn't leave RH where it was and not had Loving at all.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Link View Post

              Was your station WAND 17? That was listed in our TV Guide and they stopped showing Ryan's Hope if I recall in the mid 80s and just had Loving. Most all ABC stations carried Ryan's Hope when it was at 12:30/11:30 CT and then ABC gave Loving that slot so they carried it but then shifted Ryan's Hope elsewhere or didn't show it at all. I don't know why ABC just didn't leave RH where it was and not had Loving at all.
              It was WAND 17 from 1981 to 83. Then I moved to Bloomington and it was WHOI out of Peoria. Maybe they stopped carrying the show and that's why I stopped watching. I just can't remember.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jward1108 View Post

                It was WAND 17 from 1981 to 83. Then I moved to Bloomington and it was WHOI out of Peoria. Maybe they stopped carrying the show and that's why I stopped watching. I just can't remember.
                They probably did. WAND dropped Loving too before ABC cancelled it for their own local news at 11:30. They chose to carry other ABC programs at 11:00 like Home and Match Game over Loving.

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                • #9
                  We had two affiliates that carried it in my area. One moved it to 11:30 am before dropping it altogether around 1986. The other affiliate moved it to 4:30 in the morning but at least they kept airing it until the end.

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                  • #10
                    ABC didn't have much of a choice... Loving aired at 12:30pm, All My Children at 1pm, One Life to Live at 2pm, General Hospital at 3pm, and the Edge of Night at 4pm. ABC could have canceled Ryan's Hope when Loving premiered, but they kept it on the air and moved it to a new time slot.

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                    • Asa1983
                      Asa1983 commented
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                      Edge of Night was gone before Ryan's Hope. I wonder why they didn't officially schedule Ryan's Hope and Loving at 11:00 and 11:30? Noon, was horrible because so many stations did midday news, and 12:30 was horrible because who wants to launch a new soap against Y&R which while not yet #1 when Loving debuted was already in the top levels. I would have scheduled them at the earlier timeslots, where they wouldn't face any soap competition and then put a gameshow at 12:30 to counter program Y&R and Search For Tomorrow on NBC.

                  • #11
                    This and As the World Turns were my grandmother's favorite soap. You couldn't talk to her when they were on.

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                    • #12
                      In my experience (I'm 64 years old), when networks moved shows, I couldn't remember when to watch them. The worst thing that could happen to a soap was to have the show time moved, imo.

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                      • Asa1983
                        Asa1983 commented
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                        Yes, as a child I knew what time of the day it was by the show. If AMC was on, it is 1:00, if OLTL it is 2:00 etc...

                    • #13
                      What I find interesting is that General Hospital and Ryan's Hope are part of the same reality. GH's Ava Jerome is the daughter of Delia Ryan!

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                      • #14
                        Delia Reed Ryan Ryan Coleridge... And the other connection is that Ron Hale, who played Mike Corbin ( Sonny Corinthos' father) until maybe 4 years ago on GH, was our Roger Coleridge on RH.

                        I hope very much that we see Delia Coleridge back on GH as Ava Jerome's mother.

                        I remember all of Delia's hijinks on RH. She got all involved in the Crystal Palace, which was built as an opulent restaurant which was actually a front for Tiso Novatny's drug smuggling and money laundering.
                        She's been up to her neck in the mob/ mafia in the many SLs ever since, counting the GH connection to the Jerome crime family of Port Charles, NY.

                        Love Ilene and her " Delia". I'd give anything to hear her funny, frantic, original force of nature Delia-isms again from RH. She was one of a kind!

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                        • #15
                          ^^Just recently saw Ilene and Nancy (Jillian) on early Law and Order episodes. I'll bet the casting director was well aware of the talent pool from RH!

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