The Demise of the Soap Opera

As a lot of you probably already know, yesterday it was announced that ABC has decided to cancel both All My Children and One Life to Live. AMC debuted in 1970 and OLTL in 1968. But what has caused this decline in soap operas? Is the rise in reality shows causing people to abandon the often out there plots of soaps? Would people actually prefer another talk show? Or is it because the women who used to watch soaps are now in the workforce? What do you think?


Posted on April 15, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. It’s all the abundance of options that are out there, taking people away from watching TV. It’s also the DVR. I believe people are still watching, but at night on their DVR’s and Neilsen doesn’t capture that. I’m actually posting a blog about this on Monday, not so much why they were canceled, but more about why I loved these soaps so much. Thanks for this post! I’ll be adding a link to this post on mine. 🙂

  2. Actually I’m posting today, with a link to you. FYI, OLTL started in 1968. Hope you check out my post. Thanks!

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