Thursday, April 17, 2014
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No soap for Daytime Emmys

Awards show numbers plunge on basic cable

No soap for Daytime Emmys

Jackson and Geary keep it in the family.
Jackson and Geary keep it in the family.

Everything is relative, I suppose. The Daytime Emmys brought 912,000 viewers to its new home on HLN Saturday night, which the channel proclaimed today as the largest audience it’s ever had for a scheduled non-news event.

On the other hand, it’s an almost 85% drop from last year when the awards show aired on CBS and drew 5.5 million viewers. HLN’s numbers represent an all-time low for the Daytime Emmys.

Maybe the shrunken numbers are poetic justice. There are a lot viewer soap operas than there were just a few years ago. We’re down to four: ABC’s General Hospital, NBC’s Days of Our Lives and CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

ABC’s GH was the big winner with Anthony Geary picking up a record seventh Emmy for Lead Actor as Luke Spencer. His TV son, Jonathan Jackson picked up Best Supporting Actor for playing Lucky.

Everyone made a big fuss over retired morning favorite Regis Philbin.

“Everyone” being a relative term.

 

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