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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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