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Aug 27 2008, 02:05 PM
Days is getting to be as bad as Guiding Light in the "giving all power to the affiliates" department. None of the people I know who watch Days across the country watch it at the same time. Some watch at noon, some at one, and some at two. There's no rhyme or reason to it.
Well, that's NBC for you. True, some soaps have been aired outside their regular timeslots by affiliates over the years on all networks (a few examples I mentioned in a post above), but for the most part all the ABC/CBS affiliates stick fairly close to the official network line-up. The primary problems with scheduling in the past were for programs scheduled at noon EST and at 4pm EST (back when the nets actually programmed those slots). Once the affiliates started doing noon news and airing syndicated fare at 4pm, they would often move the networks' shows to another slot or simply not air them at all (which is one of the things that led to the cancellations of 'The Edge of Night', 'The Doctors', and 'Love of Life' as well as, later, 'Ryan's Hope'). Most NBC affiliates used to schedule their lineups pretty exact with the network standard until about 10-15 years ago when, I think, NBC pretty much gave their affilaites free reign to do whatever the hell they wanted in regards to scheduling as far as their daytime shows went.

I think that's one of the things that hurt both 'Santa Barbara' and 'Another World' because they were both getting shifted all over the schedules of some affiliates. I believe quite a few affiliates were airing those shows in the mornings at some points. Later, I think it hurt 'Sunset Beach', too, because I'm not entirely sure NBC even had an 'official' timeslot for it. I've read some sources that said SuBe's official slot was 3pm EST and others state that it was noon EST (I'm inclined to believe that noon was the official one because NBC was still programming that time period when SuBe went on the air and NBC had given 3pm back to the affiliates after 'Santa Barbara' went off the air in '93 and I highly doubt they were going to get it back.)

12:30pm EST has also become a tricky one for network's to schedule because a lot of stations have starting doing hour-long news casts at noon. I think that was one of the reasons the PC ended up having so much trouble and why ABC didn't replace it with anything when it went off the air. The local CBS affiliate airs Y&R at 9am a day behind because they run an hour-long noon news (1pm-1:30pm is normally filled with a syndicated sit-com rerun -- for years it was The Nanny).
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