ABC, Which Made Headlines by Canceling Daytime Dramas, Tops Daytime Emmy Nominations — Including Multiple Nods for Its Canceled Soaps

May 9, 2012  •  Post A Comment

ABC leads the way in the Daytime Emmy Award nominations, announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The honor caps a year in which many of the headlines surrounding ABC’s daytime programming have focused on the network’s cancellation of two long-running soap operas.

One of those soaps, "All My Children," is among the four nominees in the Daytime Emmys’ most glamorous category, outstanding drama series.

ABC’s 56 total nominations placed the Alphabet Network ahead of the pack, followed by PBS with 51 nominations. Syndicated programming earned 46 total nods, while the top cable network was Nickelodeon with 40.

Each of ABC’s two canceled daytime dramas — "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" — received 11 nominations, placing the shows among the most-nominated daytime programs.

Among ABC’s broadcast rivals, CBS earned 33 nominations and NBC snagged 24.

The most-nominated program was the only ABC soap opera to avoid cancellation, the venerable “General Hospital,” which received 23 nods. Second on the list was PBS’s children’s staple “Sesame Street” with 16.

Other soaps receiving multiple nominations included “The Young and the Restless” with 16, “Days of Our Lives” with 15, and 11 apiece for “All My Children,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “One Life to Live.”

Among talk shows, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” led the way with 12 nods.

Four long-running soap operas will vie for the award in the outstanding drama series category: ABC’s “All My Children” and “General Hospital,” NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” and CBS’s “The Young and the Restless.” CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful,” which has won the award for the past three years, was not nominated.

Click here for the full list of nominees.

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