W to drop General Hospital

By David Knox on May 27, 2011 / Filed Under Pay TV 56

Long-running US soap General Hospital will vanish from Australian screens once again when it ends its run on the W channel on Friday, June 17.

From June 20, W has scheduled Canadian crime series The Border at 12.50pm weekdays, although the series ended in August.

Foxtel advises it has been screening the show since last July but its audience has not been building, despite having The Young and the Restless as its lead-in in the weekday afternoon schedule.

In a statement, Foxtel says, “Prior to its return in 2010, General Hospital had been off air in Australia for several years and during this time the show’s storylines were shifting away from the hospital base to focus more on the drama and intrigue of its crime families.

“Over the past year, W has also aired the show in additional timeslots to provide opportunities for sampling the program but viewers have not engaged with the series with anywhere near the same enthusiasm as they have for the channel’s other dramas.”

Meanwhile after more than 10 years, Australian actor Ingo Rademacher was let go from the soap ealier this week. He told ABC Soaps in Depth: “Yes, I know that’s sounds bad but sometimes little birds need a shove out of the nest to find their wings… better late then never? I’m trying to find some humor in all this. Even though this was not my call, I think my GH days were almost up anyway…. I would like to thank everyone at GH, the producers, directors, crew, my fellow actors and ABC/Disney for making my 15 years enjoyable and fun. It was always a great place for me to work and I will have fantastic memories. I would again like to thank my fans and especially my ‘Jax Angels’ who have been there for me, supporting me in every way, from Day One. Thank you!”

After ABC cancelled All My Children and One Life to Live, General Hospital will become its only daytime soap from January.

The Young and the Restless remains at 12pm weekdays on W.

56 Comments »

  1. Gina December 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm -

    Take the cricket Off channel 9, put it on Foxtel. Leave Days Of Our LIves alone as millions of women and pensioners watch it.
    cricket sux – get lost. Full Stop.

  2. Carmel July 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm -

    I agree with you, Pina.

  3. Pina July 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm -

    I am sick of foxtel serving up the same shows over and over, that ratings excuse is rubbish, I am sure that they have one time slot available on one of their channels for a 1 hour timeslot to accommodate General Hospital. They lose viewers because they constantly change shows channels and time slots without notice. Instead of repeating the same shows 5 times a day put General Hospital on just once a day. Not asking for much.

  4. Gabby July 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm -

    Y & R should just go back to FTA after DOOL where it always Belonged!!!!!

  5. Carmel June 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm -

    No, Paul. That is not the point of wanting it to be on W.

    W & W2 are rather pathetic anyway with all its repeats. Once you’ve watched them, you’ve watched them – the good shows. Why axe GH? I do not get it.

    Paul, why do you want DOOL on W following Y&R? Remember, some pensioners and others do not have PayTV. At least they have DOOL even with the cricket breaks, etc it would still be appreciated .

    All I want is for GH to be back, either on Foxtel or FTA [we have no other, do we?], and ended only when it has ended filming. Why so ‘ratings’ driven, Foxtel!. Okay, put it on late at night, if must be. GH fans will be sure to record it and we might not think you were sooooo bad after all! Here is your chance to redeem yourself!

    I would not waste my time watching the show now following Y&R . There goes their ratings. The dumb shows being repeated on all the Foxtel channels is amazing and it makes no sense for GH to be axed, I say, again. Soapie episodes are new everyday and have a loyal band of fans for years to come.

    I truly do not understand their thinking. It seems they do not care which is a sad state of affairs. Shame, shame on you Foxtel!

    Our requests/pleas seem to be ignored and of no consequence to the Foxies!

  6. Paul June 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm -

    9 should’ve dropped Days in order for it to air weekdays at 12:50pm, from June 20 to replace General Hospital, but instead W idiotically scheduled The Border from Series 1 to screen at that time, so now, it’s The Young and the Restless on W, The Bold and the Beautiful on Channel 10 and Days of Our Lives on Channel 9, instead of how things clearly should be: The Young and the Restless (Y&R) and Days of Our Lives (DOOL) on W and The Bold and the Beautiful (B&B) on Channel 10. On W, encore screenings of The Young and the Restless should air on W weekdays at 7am, followed by Days of Our Lives at 7:50am!

  7. Paul June 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm -

    Carmel,
    it seems that you’re telling me that you want GH back on W, weekdays at 12:50pm!

  8. Carmel June 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm -

    Fortel & FTA Channels, kindly note!

    Paul, I do not agree with you. By DOOL being on FTA, it is accessible to more people. It would not be good for people who cannot afford or do not wish to subscribe to Foxtel; whose programming content anyway is not concerned with what their subscribers want but of reruns which can be got cheaply. Soapies are not reruns so its audience is always there and once you’re hooked, your hooked!. Non-soapies even if good, once they are reruns, one turns off, boring, boring, boring! There goes the audience. I think General Hospital has become much more interesting now. My Mum used to watch it in days gone by!

    Are ratings everything? Put it on at a later time, if needs be. Not a million repeats of Boston Legal, etc. “W” you need to do better than this!

    If Foxtel sticks to its guns, then it would be good for any of the FTA channels to pick it up, soon! This would enhance their content for their wider audience!

  9. Paul June 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm -

    Foxtel and Channel 9,
    Channel 9, you should’ve dropped Days of Our Lives a year ago, so that it could air after The Young and the Restless, weekdays at 12:50 from Monday July 5 2010 and if not, Monday June 20 and Foxtel, (especially W), if you knew they were going to axe the show, they shouldn’t have aired it in the first place, but since you did, you should’ve ensured it was Days of Our Lives that was going to air, instead of The Border from series 1!

  10. Carmel June 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm -

    I am joining the army of very disgruntled General Hospital fans. If I had to choose one Soap, it would be GH. All those boring rerun repeats. Shame on you Foxtel. Don’t you respect your subsribers and what they want? Without us where will you be? If you had a heart you will bring it back, pronto!

    Good on you “free-to-air” channels, should go for it. It wil be Foxtel’s loss!

  11. Lynn June 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm -

    I love General Hospital and can’t believe it has been taken off the air again. I don’t know how many of you catch the episodes but there is a site in America – it is not cheap (about $60USD) for a months episodes. I buy a months worth and at least I still get to see it. Not happy about it but what can you do.

  12. Jane June 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm -

    Bring General Hospital back its a great show.Dont know where you get your ratings from.. Everyone I know loves it

  13. Maureen June 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm -

    I agree with all the disgruntled G.H. fans. This happened with G.H. when Austar/Foxtel put the show on, only to cancel it months later. The service we receive from Austar/Foxtel isn’t too good in general, let alone they take away your favourite programs, putting old re-runs or cancelled programs in it’s place. It has to be money orientated for sure, as it seems all the General Hospital fans are crying out for it’s return. I bet they don’t take any notice of us though.

  14. Rhonda June 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm -

    I have just caught up with GH after many years 30 or more and Im shocked to find it’s been axed from today. Since getting a mystar box a few months ago I’ve come to enjoy the episodes and can’t understand why it’s finished. The W channel is so full of repeat episodes of old crime shows it has become too boring.

  15. Paul June 20, 2011 at 11:47 am -

    W should never have aired General Hospital from July 5 last year at 12:50pm, in the first place, if it wasn’t going to last, it should’ve aired Days of Our Lives from that time at 12:50pm instead!

  16. vicky June 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm -

    they are losing it, used to watch it when at high school with my mum with great memories.Finally comes back after years and caught on the story lines and here we go again and i am furious.Wake up board of directors and do your own homework and replace your advisers they are not doing there job correctly.

  17. cecy June 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm -

    i started a disscussion on facebook about GH getting canncelled so if anyone interested in trying to get it back on

  18. Paul June 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm -

    Yeah Billy, you should tell Foxtel (preferably on facebook, as you’re more likely to get your message across) that Y&R and The Border shouldn’t be anywhere near each other!! It didn’t work when I tried to tell Channel 9 to drop DOOL, the only show that should air (screen) alongside Y&R (The Young and the Restless) weekdays from Noon on W is Days of Our Lives weekdays at 12:50pm from Monday June 20! I’ve even been recording and series linking GH (General Hospital) and DOOL (Days of Our Lives) hoping the show would move to W and screen alongside Y&R this Monday, after the weekend hiatus! Unfortunately The Border is going to screen alongside Y&R this Monday at 12:50pm. W’s schedule from Monday June 20 should be: 6:00am Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (PG) 6:55am The Nate Berkus Show (PG) (subject to change, Y&R will air at that time from tomorrow) 7:50am The Young and the Restless (PG) (subject to change, DOOL will air at that time from tomorrow) 8:40am Burn Notice (M) 9:30am Army Wives (M) 10:20am Law & Order (M) 11:10am The View (PG) 12:00pm The Young and the Restless (PG) (new episodes) 12:50pm Days of Our Lives (PG) (new episodes)!

  19. Billy June 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm -

    yeah its a complete mood change . Y And R and The Border shouldnt be anywhere near each other !!

  20. Paul June 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm -

    Shame that The Border from Series 1 is going to air from next Monday at 12:50pm, directly after The Young and the Restless, instead of Days of Our Lives. Days belongs directly after Y&R weekdays at 12:50pm, not The Border!

  21. Billy June 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm -

    good timeslots Paul. I hate those weekend The View marathons !! Please contact Foxtel about a full soaps channel and give them a list and put whatever you want on it. Foxtel is so expensive and keeps getting higher, you should not just ask for DOOL you should ask for 20 more shows as well. If they wanna ask for more money , ask for more shows !! Everybody with Foxtel liking continuous drama , Ask them for more !!

  22. Paul June 10, 2011 at 11:48 pm -

    Perfect Billy! How about Sundays at 8am (replacing The View on Sundays), with encores weekdays at 7:50am (after Y&R at 6:55am) and new eps weekdays at 12:50pm, from Monday June 20! Days doesn’t belong weekdays at 2pm on Channel 9 and neither did Y&R and even Wikipedia needs to fix up its Days of Our Lives page and MellyMoo, would you watch Days of Our Lives if it aired on W weekdays at 12:50pm, from Monday June 20?

  23. Paul June 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm -

    Perfect Billy! How about Sundays at 8am (replacing The View on Sundays), with encores weekdays at 7:50am (after Y&R at 6:55am) and new eps weekdays at 12:50pm, from Monday June 20! Days doesn’t belong weekdays at 2pm on Channel 9 and neither did Y&R and even Wikipedia needs to fix up its Days of Our Lives page!

  24. MellyMoo June 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm -

    OMG, I am so over Foxtel/Austar repeating themselves all the time and saying it is a ratings problem that General Hospital is to be axed yet again. I read somewhere that in the entire Country there is just over 2000 of the so called boxes in TV’s… 2000 are ment to show the entire Country of Australia’s viewing?? I dont know of one person who has one of those boxes, how about they send them out to all us who are complaining about W’s treatment of GH? I myself I so over watching W, im fed up with all the repeats that ram down our throats. I only watch w now for Y&R and GH so it looks like I will be watching less of it soon. Plus why on earth would they replace a good show with a show that has been axed?? I gave up watching DOOL just over a year ago due to Cricket stoping it all the time over Summer. I talked my hubby into putting on PayTv so I could watch GH when it was moved there about 10 yrs ago, then just the last few months put on Mystar so I could record and series link GH..
    I have one more statment to make, and that is this is supposed to be a service that we pay to watch. So why do we not get a say in what is put on? Why not put on a channel (and perhaps pay a bit extra) that is just for the SOAP’s? That way we would get all the good ones on plus the ones that are not on anymore but still have reruns of them???
    I know that in Canada they have channels that runs repeats on the major soaps (eg DOOL is on one channel and shows about 3-4 times in a 24 hr period, plus another channel runs the same for GH) also they show the day before’s show and the new one all on the one day too. The US have special channels dedicated to Soaps as well, and they pay for the pleaser to watch what they want ..
    There are more than 1 channel for Sport, Music and even the kids get a great choice of channels and show to watch (the children are not the ones who pay for the pleasure yet they seem to get the best out of it)..

  25. Margaret liddy June 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm -

    How dare they treat us with such contempt we pay top dollar for the service to hell with ratings w bring back gh immediately! Or air it on sister channel

  26. Billy June 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm -

    I wrote to Channel 9 many times about this . I know that Foxtel would treat it better if they had it . Not sure when its up for resale. Would be good if Foxtel could do the weekend marathon like they have for Y and R.

  27. Paul June 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm -

    People,
    Channel 9 needs to understand that it should do the same with Days of Our Lives, when W drops General Hospital on Friday June 17, since it dropped The Young and the Restless back in February 2007, so it won’t be interrupted anymore in the Summer by cricket and sports broadcasts, can air alongside and directly after The Young and the Restless, weekdays at 12:50pm on W, instead of it replaying the Canadian crime drama series, The Border from Series 1, The Young and the Restless hasn’t be off ever since it aired on W from April 2007, there will be no need for the show to air weekdays at 2pm and W will be way more reliable than Channel 9 ever was at airing Days and the TV Week soap planner can say: Days of Our Lives weekdays, 12:50pm (AEST) or (AEDT), W, instead of saying: Days of Our Lives weekdays, check guide for times, Nine Network! The interruptions for Days of Our Lives in the Summer by cricket and sports broadcasts need to stop and they need to stop now! The show needs to be aired on a channel where it won’t be interrupted by the Summer cricket and sports broadcasts and W is the channel to air it, weekdays at 12:50pm, alongside and directly after The Young and the Restless! Both it and Y&R never belonged in the 2pm weekdays timeslot on Channel 9 anyway!

  28. Paul June 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm -

    You finally get it! You’re right, Channel 9 is who really needs to understand that. W will be way more reliable than Channel 9 ever was at airing Days, as it won’t be interrupted anymore when 9 screens its cricket and sports broadcasts, Y&R has never been off since it first started on the channel (W) back in April 2007 and there will be no need to have the show air at 2pm weekdays anymore, or for the TV Week soap planner to say: Days of Our Lives weekdays, check guide for times, Nine Network, cause instead it’ll say: Days of Our Lives weekdays, 12:50pm (AEST) or (AEDT), W!

  29. Billy June 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm -

    and I agree its annoying to have the interuptions and only get 2 episodes on some weeks , its on one day off the next 2 days then its back on Friday and off Monday , back on Tuesday . I do agree that is annoying and you think W channel would be more reliable because Y and R has never been Off since it started on there and you just want the same thing for DOOL. I get it . Channel 9 is who really needs to understand that.

  30. Paul May 31, 2011 at 8:50 pm -

    Billy, are you aware that Days of Our Lives gets interrupted by cricket and sports broadcasts every summer? I just want the show on a channel (preferably not on 9, GO! or GEM), where it won’t be interrupted by cricket and sports broadcasts every summer! Days should air directly after The Young and the Restless (like General Hospital did), weekdays at 12:50pm on W, as both it and Y&R don’t belong in the 2pm weekdays timeslot and besides it has more staying power than General Hospital ever did! 9 should be able to do their cricket and sports broadcasts in the future without having to interrupt Days of Our Lives!
    I rest my case Billy.

  31. Billy May 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm -

    Paul , we think differently . I’m not interested in multipyling how many disappointed soap fans there in Australia . I want to make the amount less.
    Free to air viewers have had enough loss. If Days moved to W pensioners would still be pensioners. Who are you considering with that idea ?

  32. Paul May 31, 2011 at 10:05 am -

    To Billy,
    I want Days to leave Channel 9 and come to W, cause Days has more staying power than General Hospital ever did and can fill its old timeslot of 12:50pm weekdays perfectly and so that 9 can be able to do their cricket and sports broadcasts in the future without having to worry about how far behind Days is to the episodes currently airing in the States and besides it’ll be great having that show air alongside The Young and the Restless weekdays from Noon!

  33. Billy May 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm -

    To Paul , Do you want Days to leave Channel 9 and come to W ?

  34. Benj May 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm -

    Tammy, Carol, Paul and Lyn please join the Return GH Immediately!! facebook group !!!

    Carol please get all your friends to join as well and join the discussion at the W channel message board. People are going ballistic there.

  35. Paul May 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm -

    W & Foxtel,
    when you drop General Hospital, they are other daytime dramas such as Days of Our Lives that you can use to fill the 12:50pm weekdays timeslot with! Besides since The Border Series 3 already airs Tuesdays at 10pm anyway, is there any need to have it air weekdays at 12:50pm,hence what I’m asking here is can you air other daytime dramas in General Hospital’s old timeslot of 12:50pm weekdays (that have staying power), such as Days of Our Lives so that W can still air a Daytime Drama Double weekdays from Noon?

  36. Carol May 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm -

    Foxtel !!!Where do u get your rating numbers from ? Ever since General Hospital has come back onto foxtel (W) I have not missed one days viewing of my favorite soap it is so much better then other soaps as the families are all still on the show and the story lines are excellent – my friends and I had a special party for Sonny & Brenda wedding
    Please do not put on any re-runs in it’s place – if u do W is another channel on Foxtel I will not be watching

  37. Tammy Debono May 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm -

    Why do Foxtel rely on ratings? We pay for a service and for this fee I want dedication to shows otherwise I would watch free to air. I mean jeez these days you can never get into a show with out the fear of them axing it. What the hell! How about choosing shows and sticking with them. I don’t know one person or one person who knows a person who even knows a person with one of these elusive ratings boxes but I know lots of people who watch it. Don’ t do this again or I will cancel my subscription again just like last time you axed GH.

  38. Paul May 30, 2011 at 9:42 am -

    Is there any other daytime drama that W can air when it drops General Hospital in the 12:50pm weekdays timeslot, such as Days of Our Lives? Besides The Border Series 3 already airs Tuesdays at 10pm on W, so is there any need to have it air weekdays at 12:50pm?

  39. Benj May 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm -

    Lyn …. Make sure you complain to Foxtel and W and Loudly!!!!!

  40. Lyn May 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm -

    Here we go again :(
    Not Happy Jan!!!

  41. Benj May 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm -

    A.A. ……. Yes compalin to Foxtel ASAP. We need as many people to complain as possible.

    Steve…. have you ever actually watched the show? how do you know it is silly? Do you really want TV to move in a direction that all scripted televsion disappears in favor of cheap reality shows taht emply a lot less people??

  42. Billy May 28, 2011 at 11:03 am -

    both Y and R and GH have never made the top 100 . Yes there are stronger ratings for Y and R . just like in America but Foxtel doesn’t let you know ratings past the 100th show but there are many shows staying on air that don’t get into top 100.

  43. A.A. May 28, 2011 at 1:41 am -

    Was Y&R rating better than GH-no wonder why GH is disappearing. Have we heard of any interest by the FTA multuchannels about picking it up?

  44. Nancy May 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm -

    Thanks W you have lost another viewer
    as I’m not going to watch repeats of old
    cancelled shows. Just keep GH. And I will watch
    W again. Maybe not everyone who watched
    y&r are fans of GH and maybe GH fans
    are not fans of Y&R.

  45. steve May 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm -

    Thank goodness.

    Does this mean i won’t be subjected to countless ads for this silly soap when i’m watching The View marathon on Sunday mornings?

  46. A.A. May 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm -

    it’s available online to watch online-but on US sites that are geo-blocked in Australia. Maybe we should all be requestihg other channels to pick up GH or sending feedback to Foxtel.

    Perhaps another Foxtel channel could pick it up or a FTA one (a 7 multichannel aired All My Children but then dropped it too like what W’s doing with GH).

  47. Billy May 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm -

    and 24 , Most Haunted , Friday Night Lights .

  48. Billy May 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm -

    that W channel is quickly becoming less and less and useful. They are basically mostly all axed prime time dramas now. The Unit , Without A Trace , The Closer , Cold Case , The Border , Law and Order . The land of axed shows…

  49. Benj May 27, 2011 at 11:35 am -

    GH has been more “General” than “Hospital” for about 31 years now….

    What a ridiculous thing for W to say …

  50. Jake May 27, 2011 at 11:28 am -

    So back to three US soaps, Y&R on W, B&B on Ten and DOOL on Nine. I wonder which will happen first – one of them is dropped by an Aussie network or one is cancelled by a US network?

  51. Billy May 27, 2011 at 11:06 am -

    Um in 2004 they had a commercial saying it is less Hospital and more General and in that statement they are saying it like it a recent thing , they just put anything they could think of , it was a poor job of writing a statement. and The W channel has sister channels and can arrange someone else to take it like they have with several shows. Its a very poorly written statement and I can tell its not genuine , just made up as they went along.

  52. Andrew May 27, 2011 at 11:04 am -

    Would this show be of any interest to 7TWO, GO, GEM or Eleven?

  53. Billy May 27, 2011 at 11:02 am -

    Canadian Crime Drama that was axed in January 2010 and has already screened in prime time and Foxtel and their reruns rear their ugly head yet again !! I would avoid the lead in and watch just the main attraction , I dont care what screens as the lead in !!

  54. Benj May 27, 2011 at 9:27 am -

    Why did they even bother bringing it back if they were only going to give it 10 months?

    A very cruel thing to do to the fans considering they pay so much for the service.

    I would suggest calling Foxtel or Austar Customer Service to complain.

    I am noticing Foxtel is removing more and more original programming and just going with reruns of shows they have already screened several times. Not a good trend at all….

  55. Natalie May 27, 2011 at 8:08 am -

    I knew this would happen, Foxtel have never committed long-term to GH. They suck! I honestly don’t buy this rating excuse they trot out everytime they want to cancel GH, is it really that important for a show to be rating fantastically at 12.50pm?? It’s hardly primetime viewing.

  56. Media Spy May 27, 2011 at 6:03 am -

    when will networks Ever learn that having a top rating show as a lead in means absolutely nothing- nothing!!! Do they think we’re not going to get up and switch the channel or simply press another button on the remote to watch what we want… assuming this (and they do and have for a long time) is ludicrous

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