Soap Opera Declines Cause Fallout for Magazines
The decline of daytime soaps has taken its toll on the publishing business. A year after taking control of the publication, American Media Inc. has folded Soap Opera Weekly. In a separate move, AMI also shut down Pixie, a newsstand-only teen celebrity title.
There are only four daytime soaps left, including ABC’s General Hospital and NBC’s Days of Our Lives—down from a peak of 19 in the 1970s—and the magazines devoted to them have seen a corresponding decline.